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    1. Member Ben.Reilly's Avatar
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      10-12-2008 03:54 PM #1
      Hello Everyone!

      I was wondering how important it was to properly torque your wheels when rotating the tires, or mounting the spare? I usually just tighten them, but a friend of mine mentioned that you should use a torque wrench and properly torque the wheels to its specifications.
      Is this true? If so, where could I find the proper torque specs for my car (2009 Chevy Cobalt SS).

      Thanks!

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    2. 10-12-2008 03:55 PM #2
      naw dawg.
      Just jump on it or something.


      Modified by subwoffers at 12:59 PM 10-12-2008

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      10-12-2008 03:55 PM #3
      It could be in your manual, for my Golf it's 80ft/lbs

      you know why we should use a tq wrench; over tighten and you risk warping the rotors and under tighten...well you know, the wheel usually wins the race.


      Modified by Golfotron at 3:57 PM 10-12-2008


    4. 10-12-2008 03:57 PM #4
      If you really need to Tq them on , you would think your car would include a Tq wrench to change the spare tire ya? You know why there is no tq wrench?

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      10-12-2008 04:08 PM #5
      I torque the lugs to spec on my Camaro to 100ft/lbs. If you have a torque wrench, why not?

    6. 10-12-2008 04:15 PM #6
      80-100lb/ft on most cars. Stepping on the lug wrench will be safe unless you weigh under 80 lb's

      Oh and don't worry about over torquing it, you can really only do that with an impact gun (most of the time).


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      10-12-2008 04:21 PM #7
      you can always call a dealer
      thats what i did when i needed to know what to torque them to on a mercedes


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      10-12-2008 05:26 PM #8
      Check your owners manual. Over tightening lugs isn't a problem with steel wheels but with alloy wheels, you can actually damage them. Unlike steel, alloys will not spring back after over tightening, and you can actually crush them.

      My jetta goes to 88ft/lbs. It's not hard to over do. Do it right and learn it the easy way. Buy a torque wrench or find a buddy with one.

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      10-12-2008 05:56 PM #9
      Lug tightening torque depends on the lug stud/bolt's thread diameter among other factors.

      So, generally speaking, the larger the lug stud/bolt diameter the higher the tightening torque.

      That all said...Discount Tire's Wheel Torque Chart


      Modified by Dextrobrick at 4:58 PM 10-12-2008


    10. 10-12-2008 05:58 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Ben.Reilly »
      Hello Everyone!

      I was wondering how important it was to properly torque your wheels when rotating the tires, or mounting the spare? I usually just tighten them, but a friend of mine mentioned that you should use a torque wrench and properly torque the wheels to its specifications.
      Is this true? If so, where could I find the proper torque specs for my car (2009 Chevy Cobalt SS).

      Thanks!


      had my wheels come off many times before...got a torque wrench nd do them to 90lb-ft (I run tuner lugs)


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      10-12-2008 06:00 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by Golfotron »
      It could be in your manual, for my Golf it's 80ft/lbs

      you know why we should use a tq wrench; over tighten and you risk warping the rotors and under tighten...well you know, the wheel usually wins the race.


      Modified by Golfotron at 3:57 PM 10-12-2008

      Actually its 81 ft/lb for the VW & 80 for the typical Honda. Thus confirming the rumor that VWs have more torque than Hondas

      Nothing to see here move along.

    12. 10-12-2008 06:26 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by smetzger »

      Actually its 81 ft/lb for the VW & 80 for the typical Honda. Thus confirming the rumor that VWs have more torque than Hondas

      Varies by generation.

      3 years back, I threw a "half brick" 50 feet high and it got stuck in the fruit tree.

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      10-12-2008 07:01 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by PDong »

      Varies by generation.

      yup, 89 for my mkiv


    14. 10-13-2008 02:32 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by DIAF »

      Carrera GT 2004-06 407 ft-lbs

      Is that a typo?


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      10-13-2008 02:34 PM #15
      Air ratchet always puts them on just right.

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      10-13-2008 02:35 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by XDrewX »

      Is that a typo?

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      10-13-2008 02:40 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by XDrewX »

      Is that a typo?

      I posted nothing about a Carrera GT...where did you get that from?


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      10-13-2008 02:41 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by DIAF »

      I posted nothing about a Carrera GT...where did you get that from?

      He pulled it out of the chart from a couple posts up.

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      10-13-2008 03:36 PM #19
      Call the local tire shop.

    20. 10-13-2008 03:48 PM #20
      it is a single center nut - they give you a gear reduction wrench with the car

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      10-13-2008 03:53 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by VDubby18 »
      Call the local tire shop.

      Yeah, they'll tell you to check it with a clicker, which is bootleg.

      I've seen it done many times, and no, it doesn't really tell you much of anything about whether the wheel is properly torqued. In fact, it will click if the nut/bolt (depending on your car) is slightly under torqued, and it will click if the nut/bolt is grossly over torqued.


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