Automobile Wheel Lug Nuts Sequence, Torques and Tightening Recommended

Vehicle Lug Nuts

How to install, tighten and torque automobile lug nuts!

The lug nuts for your automobile are just as important as the method of installing and tightening. The methods for tightening for 4 lugs through 8 lugs are done in somewhat similar patterns.

Over tightening of lug nuts can cause damage to the studs and possibly lead to failure in the wheel and studs mechanism. Because when the lug nuts are tightened the tension holds the rim to the hub, so if by any chance the nuts are over tightened the studs could break off the wheel to fail on the road.

If you happened to take you vehicle to a shop to have your tires rotate or change, you should be certain that the mechanic uses a torque wrench and applies the correct torque for you vehicle. Don’t be afraid to ask about the torque of your lug nuts and to your benefit you should know the proper torque of your vehicle before you get to the repair shop.

However, if you are doing the wheel work on your vehicle, these are some good tips to follow: when installing the lug nuts on the wheel studs; always hand starts each lug nut, so to prevent cross threading; always skip each adjacent lug nut to the one you are tightening; always tightened and torque the lug nut to the manufacturer recommended torques, which are usually done with a separate wrench and is measured in ft/lb. This is to insure all the nuts are tightened properly at an even tightness.

The manufacturer recommended torque can be found in your automobile user manual. The tire sizes and inflation information are usually found on the driver’s side door or door center post.