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Old 02-18-2006, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 wheel lug torque specs

I don't seem to find the E36 wheel lug torque specs in my Bentley. Anybody know where I should set my torque wrench?
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My Chilton says 74 lb/ft +or- 7 lb/ft. My owner's manual says 80 lb/ft. This is for a 1995 325, but should be the same or close.
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Hmm, yeah. Probly should have thought about the owner's manual before the Bentley. Oops.

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may i ask, what the difference is??

just make sure they are tight! i just don't get it!
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may i ask, what the difference is??

just make sure they are tight! i just don't get it!
When you torque a wheel, the pressure is even all around the rim. Uneven pressure can cause a warped rim or rotor, especially if too much pressure is used.
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Not only that, but I had an issue on my E39 528 when installing new rims where I tightened them hard as I could and it didn't turn out to be tight enough. Twenty miles later the rims actually were wiggling around on the hubs. Bad news. This was reason #1 that I bought a torque wrench.
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I had that happen about 500 miles after I rotated my tires last time. I started hearing this weird noise... I guess that's one reason to keep your radio at an acceptable volume. (that and I don't think anyone else wants to listen to my music, unlike 50% of the people on base here.)

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