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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?

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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?
 

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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?
u just need 17mm sockets, it doesn't matter if it's 3/8 or 1/2.

--Andrew
 

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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.
 

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Ditto scottn2retro :) And torque in the star pattern...
 

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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?
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...

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