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      03-09-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Is the lug nut torque spec in the owner's manual?

From searching the forum, I know the lug nut torque spec is 88 lb/ft. Is this listed in the owner's manual anywhere? I went through the manual including the wheels and tires section, but can't find it.

I'm trying to find the spec in the manual to point it out to my indy shop. When they did my state inspection last year, they pulled one of the wheels off for inspection... which they are required to do. When they re-installed the wheel they way over-torqued the lug nuts. When I went to install my winter wheels/tires last fall, I was barely able to loosen the lug nuts for that wheel with a breaker bar.

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      03-09-2015, 01:07 PM   #2
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I always just figured around 90lb/ft was typical for cars (that's where I torque mine and my wife's car), but I've never actually looked it up. I don't think it's in the owner's manual, though.
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The torque wrench provided in the BMW spare tire kit is preset to 103 ft lbs. according to the vendor web sites.
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What is left in my memory reading Bentley book, 120 Newton Meter or 88 foot pound.

The torque wrench that came with the jack I had bought from the dealer is preset to 130 Newton Meter, but the book says 120 Newton Meter.
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It's not in the owner's manual because BMW doesn't include a spare anymore. They don't expect anyone to change a tire. Best thing to do is to undo all of the bolts, then re-torque right after any quick-shop takes your wheels off.
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It's not in the owner's manual because BMW doesn't include a spare anymore. They don't expect anyone to change a tire. Best thing to do is to undo all of the bolts, then re-torque right after any quick-shop takes your wheels off.
They still should because they sell winter tires...
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It is 88 ft pounds +/- 10%.
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Ya 102 is too much 80s is good
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And no it's not in the owner's manual. Which is kind of stupid.
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I even checked the maintenance/service and warranty booklet just now. No dice.
Not in one document that came with my car from the factory does it say anything about wheel bolt torque.
Hell, they have FOUR PAGES devoted to tire pressures. But not this.
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I've always used 88 ft-lbs. I think that's what's in the Bentley book.
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They still should because they sell winter tires...
Most consumers will take their car to a shop to install winter wheels for them.
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Most consumers will take their car to a shop to install winter wheels for them.
As they would to change oil, but still the amount and type of oil is listed in the manual. What's your point?
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BMW now suggests owners go to the dealer to get fluids topped off, so we are expecting something technical like wheel bolt torque. 99.999% of BMW wouldn't even know what pound-foot means, nor that there is an actual wrench that measures it.

I'm surprised the owner's manual even shows where the hood release handle is...
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