Lincoln Forum: Continental wheel nut torque requirement
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06-03-2017, 10:30 AM #16Member
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Take one McGard off and lay it on a flat surface next to one of the stock wheel nuts. Compare the two. I found that not only was the McGard lock longer, the taper was shorter, although the angle was correct.
Mind you, I ordered the McGard direct from them, not from Lincoln. Sent them back then ordered Gorilla.
Gorilla part number is 71641N. My package says, "71641NB 14mm x 1.50 Acorn".
I ordered from Amazon (as Gorilla does not sell direct to the public), but you can call Gorilla to confirm at 323-585-2852.
06-03-2017, 04:49 PM #17
OK, I will do that, probably tomorrow. The Gorilla website shows the acorn nuts that you have and they are the same length as the factory nut, probably because there is no pattern moulded on the end like the McGard. The Gorilla nuts have the security feature on the side like a tuner nut but shorter. The price is a lot cheaper than the McGard for the Continental.
06-04-2017, 12:50 PM #18
I compared my McGard locking wheel nuts to the stock wheel nuts and took a picture. The stock wheel nuts are 1.42" long and have a maximum surface contact diameter of 1.071" while the McGard locking wheel nuts are 1.68" long and have a maximum surface contact diameter of 1.064". So the McGards are a quarter of an inch longer and have the same surface contact area as shown by this picture:
I checked the torque on my wheels at about 145 ft lbs, so I tightened to 150 ft lbs. Not a struggle to get them off or back on.
06-04-2017, 03:42 PM #19Member
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You are much better than I am at taking photos and posting on this forum. (Yes, I'm "old" and a computer dummy). I'm lucky I know how to post photos in my emails. Reason I say this is that your photo is identical to the ones I took before I sent them back McGard. Did not like them, so I sent them back and got the Gorilla.
BTW, Yes I may be a computer dummy but back in my day, I was good with the technology of the day and very good at what I did.
06-04-2017, 04:26 PM #20
Here is a link to a procedure that may help you with uploading pics or docs to this forum: http://lincolnforums.com/forums/thre...ures-to-upload Then you can use the technique described by Slick Fan in post #12 of this thread: http://lincolnforums.com/forums/thre...-like-Sal-does To put a pic into the body of the message, as I did.
So if you want to find how to do something in this site, start a thread in this forum: http://lincolnforums.com/forums/foru...ck-Suggestions the owner (Sal) and users here will surely give you a hand.
06-05-2017, 09:47 PM #21
Now the question of lug nut torque: When you changed out one lug nut to the "locking" type, did you tightened that new nut to 162 ft lbs as stated in the owner's manual?
06-06-2017, 07:30 AM #22
06-08-2017, 08:40 AM #23
After I reset the one wheel where I removed the wheel locking nut I did check the wheel nut torque on all 4 wheels. They were 145 ft lbs; so I reset all to 150 ft lbs. My torque wrench is only 22" in overall length and no trouble removing the nuts and setting them. I have used the same torque wrench to tighten wheel hub nuts to 230 ft lbs so wheel nuts are no problem.
10-09-2017, 02:48 PM #24
Today I checked the spare tire pressure and did a practice tire change with the stock jack and tools that came with my car. Everything came out of the trunk easily once the cover was removed. The jack has the wheel nut wrench attached and it is fixed firmly in place on the top side of the jack in the stored position. To release the wrench you must loosen the screw that moves the scissors jack and continue lowering the jack until the wrench can be released from the jack (hook into hole at one end and an open slot over a raised locking piece on the other). Jack has a u channel that engages the body at a triangular mark on underside of front and rear plastic valence. Works fine to lift the vehicle once wheels chocked and wheel nuts loosened. The wrench is 18" long from the centerline of the 21mm deep socket end to the end of the handle. I could easily undo my wheel nuts torqued to 150 ft lbs, no cheater bar required.