Finding Wheel Axle Nut Torque Specs
One of the most common mistakes people make when installing a new hub assembly is improperly torquing the axle nut. Proper torque secures the axle nut and keeps the proper load on the hub assembly. This video will show you where to find the proper torque specs for a Timken hub assembly.
One of the most common mistakes people make when installing a new hub assembly is improperly torquing the axle nut. Proper torque is critical for two reasons. First, it secures the axle nut so it won’t work itself loose and back off. Second, the proper torque keeps the correct load on a hub assembly needed for longer bearing life. Torque specifications can be different, even for the same hub, if it’s multiple applications. So, it’s important to get it right the first time.
So, where can you find a torque spec? Go to TimkenInfo.com and look up your vehicle by the year, make and model. Find the axle position, front or rear, and you will see the torque values for the axle nut. The table may also include the torque for the flange bolt and the wheel studs. Obviously, since the right torque is so important, you need to use your torque wrench for installation. When you’re removing the wheel hub nut, you can use an impact wrench to speed up the job.