Torque sequence for OEM Aluminum wheels


HanibalTheCannibal
06-05-2007, 12:47 PM
Fixing to do a brake job on my 2001 silverado. I have the aluminum oem wheels.

What is the torque sequence for the lugnuts? I kind of remember 70-110-140 but I am not sure.

chuck16
06-05-2007, 01:16 PM
You actually use a torque wrench on your lugnuts? I just tighten them as tight as I can get it and that's as far as I go. Done it with Aluminum and Steel rims on all the vehicles I've had....

I've never thought to Torque'em.

rjeffery
06-05-2007, 06:23 PM
Torque spec is 140 ft-lbs

sc_customs
06-06-2007, 10:38 AM
I've actually been reading that torquing your lugs helps prevent premature wear of your braking system. How true it is might be questionable, but it does make sense...to me anyway.

HanibalTheCannibal
06-06-2007, 12:24 PM
Yeah, I heard the same thing. Because the wheels are aluminum, you have to torque them evenly. Can also cause rotors to warp if you dont.

Thanks for the specs :)

ColoradoSilverado
06-06-2007, 04:31 PM
I've actually been reading that torquing your lugs helps prevent premature wear of your braking system. How true it is might be questionable, but it does make sense...to me anyway.

I don't see how that's related at all ????

http://tinypic.com/ei2g51

HanibalTheCannibal
06-06-2007, 05:33 PM
I don't see how that's related at all ????

http://tinypic.com/ei2g51

It is related, I know it doesnt make sense. The aluminum wheel can take up tolerance if you overtorque them thereby setting your rotor's angle off. This can cause bearing failure, pre-mature rotor failure, and other things.

PS: I just had to go buy a bearing/hub assembly for the pass. side :( Now the front has new bearings :)

60,000 miles on OEM bearings, what a shame.

SLJ2137694
06-22-2007, 05:03 PM
You actually use a torque wrench on your lugnuts? I just tighten them as tight as I can get it and that's as far as I go. Done it with Aluminum and Steel rims on all the vehicles I've had....

I've never thought to Torque'em.
You're setting yourself up for brake pulsation if you don't evenly and correctly tighten your wheel nuts! Get a torque wrench and use it. GM dealers must use either a torque wrench or a torque limiting device on their impact wrenches. With these devices you could hammer all day with an impact wrench and still not tighten the wheel nuts beyond the required torque setting.

Tdragone
06-23-2007, 02:29 PM
Seriously;
If you have a harbor freight near you; they're only 19.99
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=239

gmvortec
06-23-2007, 04:58 PM
Torqueing the lug nuts applies to any wheel, steel or alloy,car, truck ,semi-truck or trailer.
Over tightening can result in failure of the wheel studs and therefore loss of wheel. and obviousley a lug nut that is not done up tight enough will come loss resulting in loss of wheel.
As for the brake problem as long as the lug nuts are done up evenly and in the correct order it will not make much difference whether they are too tight or too loose.

MT-2500
06-23-2007, 05:44 PM
Seriously;
If you have a harbor freight near you; they're only 19.99
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=239

They are cheap but many people have messed up stuff using them.
MT

chuck16
06-24-2007, 11:01 AM
I always tighten them up in a correct order. My Dad is a Mechanic and i've been working on my cars for almost 20 years and never had a problem to date. So I guess I must be doing something right with the lug nuts...

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