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Old 05-27-2010, 08:11 PM
cn90 cn90 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1998 528i 5-sp 140K+
Regarding the drain plugs: most cars spec is about 20-30 ft-lb.

I have never used a torque wrench for the drain bolts during my 25 years because the ground clearance is not enough for a torque wrench (car not on lift like at dealer) and here is my trick (7 o'clock ---> 5:30 o'clock trick) that I measured with a known torque wrench.

What I do for all of my cars and never have any problems:

1. Hand-tighten the drain bolt until it stops.

2. Viewing from the front of my 2007 Honda Odyssey van (same idea like E39), I place the 17-mm wrench (use the box end) at approx. 7 o'clock position, and with a rubber hammer, I gently tap the wrench until it is at 5:30 o'clock position (about 45-50 degree-turn). Anyway this trick works for me during the last 25 years......don't ask me if this is right or wrong......LOL....

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