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Retorquing wheel lugs

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I'd like to retorque my wheel lugs just to make sure they're all torqued to spec. In order to do this, can I simply loosen all of lugs on each wheel and then retorque them in a diagonal star fashion?

Thanks in advance.
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if you're afraid they are under torqued, I would just tighten them with a torque wrench.

if you think they are over torqued, then I would loosen it like you said. I'd jack up the car too to get the weight off first.
Yeup! Just don't loosen them too much. And you should probably loosen them all at once, then tighten them down (as you stated) in the star pattern.
2002m5 said:
I'd like to retorque my wheel lugs just to make sure they're all torqued to spec. In order to do this, can I simply loosen all of lugs on each wheel and then retorque them in a diagonal star fashion?

Thanks in advance.
I check mine weekly same as tire pressure. I just retorque..only takes a few minutes. At the track I retorque between each session
Is it bad if I loosen up the lugs a little while the car is on the ground and then retorque them?

Also, will I need a 3/8" or a 1/2" socket/torque wrench to take off the lugs?
u just need 17mm sockets, it doesn't matter if it's 3/8 or 1/2.

--Andrew
2002m5 said:
Is it bad if I loosen up the lugs a little while the car is on the ground and then retorque them?

Also, will I need a 3/8" or a 1/2" socket/torque wrench to take off the lugs?
Thanks AYN.

Is it bad if I loosen up the lugs a little while the car is on the ground and then retorque them?
I've always been taught to loosen nuts a bit before lifting the car to take the wheels off, and when they go back on, snug em a bit in the air but don't torque em till they're on the ground.

I've always done it this way and have never had to retorque a lug.
I heard (learned) the same

Ditto Kaz :)
Ditto scottn2retro :) And torque in the star pattern...
but what if I have 4 lugs?

:p
JawKnee said:
And torque in the star pattern...
yup, don't try to loosen the (overtorqued) lugs when your car is raised up, at least not the front wheels... you probably won't be able to... =) i usually loosen them before jacking up my car, and then remove them afterwards...

--Andrew
2002m5 said:
Thanks AYN.

Is it bad if I loosen up the lugs a little while the car is on the ground and then retorque them?
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