Wheel Torque Specifications on a Focus

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Wheel Torque Specifications on a Focus
Properly torque the lug nuts when fastening wheels to a vehicle. (nuts and bolts image by Darren White from Fotolia.com)

If you want to install wheels on a Ford Focus, tighten the lug nuts on the wheels to Ford's torque specifications. This is essential for the vehicle's performance and safety on the road.

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Definition of Wheel Torque

Wheel torque or lug torque is the measurement used to describe how tightly the lug nuts that attach the wheel to the vehicle are fastened. Every car has manufacturer-recommended wheel torque specifications measured in foot-pounds. They are important because lug nuts that are too tight can warp and break, and lug nuts that are too loose do not adequately fasten the wheel to the vehicle.

Ford Focus Wheel Torque

The lug nut torque specifications on 2000 to 2005 models are 92 foot-pounds, which can be rounded up to 95 foot-pounds. Models from 2006 and later vary slightly, and Ford's specifications are set at 100 foot-pounds.

Proper Wheel Installation

When using the recommended torque settings, make sure that the threads on the lugs are clean and dry for accurate measurement. Tighten the lugs with a torque wrench in a criss-cross pattern across the wheel to ensure uniformity. Re-torque the lugs after driving between 50 and 100 miles to adjust for metal compression or thermal stresses.

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