Air-Cooled VW Torque Specs!

Tighten your nuts and bolts correctly!
By Bruce Simurda | January 19, 2015

Photos by Bruce Simurda


Engine Torque Specifications. Tighten your nuts and bolts correctly.
ENGINE TORQUE SPECS:

33 ft.-lbs. .......... Crankshaft pulley nut
14 ft.-lbs. .......... Oil pump nuts
33 ft.-lbs. .......... Oil drain plug
5 ft.-lbs. .......... Oil strainer cover nuts
18 ft.-lbs. .......... Cylinder head nuts* (8mm)
23 ft.-lbs. .......... Cylinder head nuts* (10mm)
253 ft.-lbs. ........ Flywheel bolt/gland nut
14 ft.-lbs. .......... 8mm Crankcase nuts and screws
25 ft.-lbs. .......... 10mm Crankcase nuts
24 ft.-lbs. .......... Connecting rod bolts
22 ft.-lbs. .......... Engine securing nuts

*Torque in sequence

TYPE 1 SUSPENSION TORQUE (TORSION BAR):

24 ft.-lbs. .......... Front damper bolt on side plate
14 ft.-lbs. ......... Front damper nut on side plate
24 ft.-lbs. .......... Front damper nut on lower torsion arm
38 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering ball-joint nuts (12mm)
33 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering ball-joint nuts (10mm)
22 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering ball-joint nuts with split pins
29 ft.-lbs. .......... Wheel bearing inner nut
50 ft.-lbs. .......... Wheel bearing locking nut
9 ft.-lbs. ........... Wheel bearing clamp nut socket screw
18 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering damper nut on tie-rod
31 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering damper screw on axle tube
33 ft.-lbs. .......... Torsion bar setscrew and locknut

TYPE 1 SUSPENSION TORQUE (MACPHERSON STRUT):

51-61 ft.-lbs. ...... Strut upper bearing nut
29 ft.-lbs. ........... Steering knuckle and ball-joint to strut bolts
7-10 ft.-lbs. ...... Front wheel bearing clamp nut screw (max)
14 ft.-lbs. ........... Strut to body nuts
25 ft.-lbs. ........... Frame head to body bolts
29 ft.-lbs. ........... Track control arm to frame head nut
29 ft.-lbs. ........... Track control arm to ball-joint nut
22 ft.-lbs. ........... Stabilizer to track control arm nut
14 ft.-lbs. ........... Stabilizer clip to frame head bolt
29 ft.-lbs. ........... Steering gear to body bolts
72 ft.-lbs. ........... Drop arm steering gear nut
22 ft.-lbs. ........... Steering tie-rod joint nuts
43 ft.-lbs. ........... Steering damper to frame head bolt
29-32 ft.-lbs. ..... Steering damper to drop arm bolt

TYPE 2 SUSPENSION TORQUE (BAY WINDOW):

94 ft.-lbs. .......... Wheel Bolts
101 ft.-lbs. ........ Wheel Nuts
65-90 ft.-lbs. .... Front axle mounting bolts to frame
29-32 ft.-lbs. .... Steering damper to axle tube
72 ft.-lbs. .......... Steering ball-joint to knuckle
25-36 ft.-lbs. .... Stabilizer to torsion arm
22 ft.-lbs. .......... Tie-rod to steering knuckle
18-25 ft.-lbs. .... Shock absorber to torsion arm
36 ft.-lbs. .......... Shock absorber to side palte
58-80 ft.-lbs. ..... Drop arm to sector shaft - slotted nut
11-14 ft.-lbs. ..... Tie-rod clamp bolt
14-22 ft.-lbs. ..... Drag link to drop arm*
14-22 ft.-lbs. ..... Drag link to swing lever*
11-14 ft.-lbs. ..... Drag link clamp
36-43 ft.-lbs. ..... Back plate to steering knuckle
25-36 ft.-lbs. ..... Steering gear to side member
94 ft.-lbs. ........... Diagonal arm to rear wheel bearing housing
58 ft.-lbs. ........... Diagonal arm to frame
32 ft.-lbs. ........... Spring plate bearing cover
36 ft.-lbs. ........... Steering wheel/column nut

*and turn to next cotter pin hole

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