Wheel lug or wheel bolt torque is the measurement used to described how tightly you secure the lugs/bolts when attaching the wheel. Every vehicle has a manufacturer-recommended wheel lug torque measurement in foot-pounds. Use a lug wrench to properly torque wheels on your Ford. You can find wheel lug torque specifications in your owner's manual or from most mechanics.
Ford Aspire, Contour, Festiva, Probe and Tempo
Ford produced these models in the 1980s and 1990s. Aspire wheel torque specifications are 85 foot-pounds. Wheel lug torque on the Contour varies by year; 1995 through 1997 models are 65 foot-pounds, 1998 models are 85 foot-pounds and 1999 through 2000 models are 95 foot-pounds. Festiva and Probe specifications measure at 85 foot-pounds. Tempos measure at 100 foot-pounds.
Ford Crown Victoria, Escort, GT and Freestar
Ford produced these vehicles and their predecessors mostly in the 2000s, although Escorts date back to the 1980s. Wheel lug torque specifications on Crown Victorias and Freestars are 100 foot-pounds. On Escorts, specifications are 85 foot-pounds on 1991 to 2004 models and 100 foot-pounds on 1981 to 1990 models. GT specifications are 110 foot-pounds.
Ford Mustang and Thunderbird
These are classic Ford models produced for decades; Mustangs are still in production. All models of these vehicles have wheel lug torque specifications of 100 foot-pounds.
Ford Fusion, Focus and Taurus
These are all passenger vehicles either introduced or reintroduced in the 2000s. Wheel lug torque on Fusions is 100 foot-pounds. Early models of the Taurus from 1986 to 1996 have wheel lug torque specifications of 100 foot-pounds. Later models reintroduced from 2000 onward measure at 95 foot-pounds. Focus specifications are 95 foot-pounds.
Ford Aerostar, Bronco, Edge, Escape, Excursion, Expedition, Explorer and E Series Vans
These Ford models are vans and SUVs produced from the 1980s to the present. Aerostars, Broncos, Edges, Escapes, Explorers, E150s and Expeditions with 12mm studs all have wheel lug torque specifications of 100 foot-pounds. E150s with eight lugs, E250s and E350s measure 140 foot-pounds. Excursion models measure 165 foot-pounds, and Expeditions with 14mm studs measure 150 foot-pounds.
Ford Ranger and F Series Trucks
These Ford trucks range widely depending on their year of production and size. Ford Ranger wheel lug torque specifications for all years measure 100 foot-pounds, as do F150s with 12mm studs, which were produced from 1988 to 2000. F150s produced from 2000 onward with 14mm studs measure 150 foot-pounds. F250s and F350s manufactured from 1988 to 1998 measure 140 foot-pounds. 1999 and 2000 models measure 150 foot-pounds, and 2001 to 2003 models measure 160 foot-pounds. F Super Duty pickups produced from 1996 to 1998 measure 140 foot-pounds, and models produced from 1999 onward measure 165 foot-pounds.