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Old 08-21-2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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Drive shaft axle hub nut 173, 233 or 290 Ft-lbs ?

I was planning on reworking the front end with new:

- Brakes
- Struts
- Driveshafts
- Ball Joints/Control Arm
- Bushings
- Tie Rods, Inner/Outer

But will probably just do the brakes and Struts and a few other smaller things until I get more info on the Drive axle nut.

Concerning the Driveaxle/hub nut or Driveshaft/hub retaining nut as Chilton calls it - I've read a few threads here where the nut was stripped or the axle was sheared. Could this be the problem below?

Torque Spec's

Chiltons Section 8 'DRIVEAXLES'

Models through 2001 173 Ft-lbs
2002 and later models 233 Ft-lbs

Chiltons Section 10 'SUSPENSION AND STEERING'

233 Ft-lbs

Ford Tech Service Publication for 2000

233 Ft-lbs

Advance Auto

GSP Brand 290 Ft-lbs

I couldn't find anything on the Nut in FF's 'General Specs'.

Can you put 290 Ft-lbs on the front axle hub nut without damaging the hub/bearing? Is it different materials in the axle that call for different torque values?


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Old 08-21-2010, 01:11 AM   #2
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I've been using the 233 ft./lbs. for the axle nuts. If I recall that's what they list on mitchellondemand. When I purchased my car someone stripped the threads on the left axle. I've had the axles in and out a few times without any issues. Hope that helps.
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I don't think you have to worry about damaging bearings by over torquing on FWD axles. It's not like with the old RWD designs with the bearings that fell out whenever you removed the brakes.
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I've replaced both front bearings before and both times I used a 200ft-lb torque wrench. Just tightened till it clicked and never had a problem since. Anything over 150ft-lb is probably more than sufficient.
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