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Old 03-08-2010, 01:22 PM
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do you guys use locktite on your caliper and backing plate bolts? do the following torque spec's sound right: 80ft-lbs lower ball joint, 50 upper ball joint, 35 tie-rod ends castle nuts, 30 caliper bolts. these are specs. I used from the installation manual. I have a local shop telling me they use loctite and 300ft lbs. from a air gun on all these bolts! which is correct?

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Old 03-08-2010, 02:42 PM
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The Loctite is a good idea, but if the shop that told you to use 300lbs on an air gun really does this, they are lucky they haven't killed anybody yet.
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That's insane!!

300 ft/lbs of torque is insane. It would take a 4 foot cheater bar to create that much.
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you guys havent worked at a dealer huh? yould be amazed what gets torqued with the air gun. basicaly everything past the head bolts. does require some touch though lol.
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I've been wrenching professionally for almost 35 years, several at a Chevy dealer. Do I use a torque wrench on ball joints? NO, but I don't use an air gun on them either,
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