[Vwdiesel] Head bolt torque Values

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 10:02:18 PDT 2010

>  11mm bolts get a three step torque.  37, 52, 66 but I usually go a
> little closer to 70 (ft/lbs).  Warm it up then recheck at 66 (or your
> slightly higher number) then drive 600 miles and recheck again.
>  12mm (stretch) bolts get 30, 44 then 180 degrees, warm up an
> 90 degrees, 600 miles and 90 degrees more.
>    Loren

And those extra 180, 90, and 90 degree turns *REALLY* feel wrong when
you're doing them! If you're used to the feel of the metal it's VERY
scary and feels like you're about to do some serious damage as the
metal is stretching. I've never yet had a problem when following the
procedures in the Bentley, but I cringe every time I have to do one of
those stretch bolts. They just feel wrong.


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