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April 14, 2016

Torquing your Lug Nuts

For most of the country, Winter is coming to an end and it is time to swap out those winter tires to the warm weather tires and wheels. The nicer weather also means the start of racing season. Now these two events bring with them a lot of tire and wheel changes and making sure your lug nuts are torqued to the correct spec is very important. These specs can be found in your owner's manual or obtained from the dealership.

It is very important that you first make sure that the threads are free from dirt and grim to achieve proper torque specs. Also do not use any anti-seize compounds to the lugs. This can result in inaccurate torque readings and/or over torquing of the hardware.

Once you have snugged down the lugs by hand, finish tightening them with a torque wrench. Please check that your torque wrench is working accurately. Using the appropriate crisscross procedure (shown below) for the number of lugs on your vehicle until you have torqued down all the lugs to their appropriate value. Be aware not to over torque a wheel because you can easily strip a lug nut or hub. A broken stud or bolt can result in a wheel, brake rotor or brake drum to come loose.

After installing new wheels, you need to re-torque the wheel lugs after the first 50 to 100 miles in case the clamping loads have changed after the initial installation. This is very important because there is a possibly of the lugs loosening due to the stress on the wheel breaking in and also to verify the accuracy of the initial installation. When you are rechecking the torque specs on your wheel, please wait for the wheels to cool down. Never attempt to torque a hot wheel. Loosen and retighten to spec in the sequence previously listed.

Following these procedures will ensure that your Buick will always be running properly and last for many years to come. Stockwheels.com is here to answer any questions.

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