There are the things I do as well. I went ahead and bought some cheapo torque wrench last night though, just to be sure I wasn't overtightening. I hate trying to loosen overtightened crap.DougR said:I don't have a torque wrench, although I should buy one.
Being that I don't, my method is that I turn the plug by hand till I cant turn it anymore, then I give it a slight turn with the wrench. I have not had a problem and the plug always comes off nice and easy the next time, but is not loose.
With the filter I just turn it by hand till it's tight, then just give it a slight nudge with a strap wrench. The filter easily comes off by hand the next time. The only reason I use the strap wrench when putting it on is to make sure that oil on my hand/glove is not causing me to think it is tigher than it is, the wrench is more of a confirmation.