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Beetle torque specs 1970-1979

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Engine

Torque Wrench settings
Connecting rod nut
Crankcase screws M8 (halves)
Crankcase nuts M12 (halves)
Cylinder head nuts (M10)
Cylinder head nuts (M8)
Rocker shaft to Cylinder head nuts
Oil Pump to crankcase nut
Oil drain plug
Oil strainer cover nuts
Flywheel to crankcase bolt
Clutch to Flywheel bolt
Spark Plugs
Engine to Transmission nut
Converter to Drive plate bolt
Generator Pulley
Special nut for Fan (M12)
Crankshaft Pulley bolt
Lb Ft
22-25
14
18
23
18
14-18
14
25
5
253
18
25
22-29
81
40-47
40-47
29-36
Nm
29.8-33.8
19.0
24.4
31.2
24.4
19.0-24.4
19.0
33.8
6.7
343.0
24.4
33.8
29.8-39.3
109.8
54.2-63.7
54.2-63.7
39.3-48.8
mkg
3.0-3.3
2.0
2.5
3.2
2.5
2.0-2.5
2.0
3.5
0.7
35.0
2.5
3.5
3.0-4.0
2.5
5.5-6.5
5.5-6.5
4.0-5.0

Fuel injection

Torque Wrench settings
Injector/Manifold bolts to cylinder head
Lb Ft
4
Nm
5.4
mkg
0.6

Transmission and Rear Axle

Torque Wrench settings
Engine to Transmission nut
Round nut/pinion
Gear carrier/housing nut
Final drive carrier nut
Transmission to bonded rubber mounting nut
Shift housing to gear carrier
Drive pinion round nut (Double tamper roller bearing)
Ring Gear to differential housing bolt
Selector shaft/fork bolt
Support/reverse lever nut
Bushing/Clutch operating shaft bolt
Oil filter and drain plugs
Rear wheel shaft (castellated) nut
Spring plate bolt
Drive shaft/flange screw
Control arm fitted bolt
Cover/spring plate bushing bolt
Transmission carrier to frame bolt
Front mounting/ frame/ sub frame nut
Engine carrier nut
Shock absorber to control arm nut
Shock absorber to frame nut
Bearing cover to wheel bearing bolt
Lb Ft
22
160*
14
22
14
11
145
43
18
25
7
14
217
80
25
87
25
166
25
18
50
50
43
Nm
29.8
216.9*
19.0
29.8
19.0
14.9
196.6
58.3
24.4
33.8
9.5
19.0
294.2
108.5
33.8
118.0
33.8
225.1
33.8
24.4
67.8
67.8
58.3
mkg
3.0
22.0*
2.0
3.0
2.0
1.5
20.0
6.0
2.5
3.5
1.0
2.0
30.0
11.0
3.5
12.0
3.5
23.0
3.5
2.5
7.0
7.0
6.0

* Tighten to 22.0mkg/216.9Nm/160ft.lb, loosen, and tighten finally to 22.0mkg/216.9Nm/160ft.lb

Front Axle

Torque Wrench settings
Front Axle to frame bolt
Shock absorber to side plate nut
Shock absorber to Lower torsion arm nut
Steering Ball joints nut (M12)
Steering Ball joints nut (M10)
Wheel bearing clamp nut (prior to adjusting axial play)
Tie rods (slotted) nut
Steering damper to tie rod nut
Steering damper to axle tube bolt
Setscrew for torsion bar
Locknut for setscrew
Brake Caliper to steering knuckle bolt
Body mounting on front axle beam bolt
Steering column on worm spindle bolt
Steering column tube on dashboard bolt
Brake hose in brake wheel cylinder
Steering gearbox cover bolt
Steering gearbox worm adjuster nut
Roller shaft adjusting screw locknut
Tie rod end retaining clamp nut
Steering wheel to column nut
Steering gearbox on axle beam bolt
Drop arm to roller shaft clamp bolt
Lb Ft
36
14
22-25
36-50
29-36
7-9.5
22
18
29-32
29-36
29-36
29
11-14
14-18
3.6-7
11-14
14-18
36-43
18
11
36
18-22
50
Nm
48.8
19.0
29.8-33.8
48.8-67.8
39.3-48.8
9.5-12.9
29.8
24.4
39.3-43.4
39.3-48.8
39.3-48.8
39.3
14.9-19.0
19.0-24.4
4.9-9.5
14.9-19.0
19.0-24.4
48.8-58.3
24.4
14.9
48.8
24.4-29.8
67.8
mkg
5.0
2.0
3.0-3.5
5.0-7.0
4.0-5.0
1.0-1.3
3.0
2.5
4.0-4.5
4.0-5.0
4.0-5.0
4.0
1.5-2.0
2.0-2.5
0.5-1.0
1.5-2.0
2.0-2.5
5.0-6.0
2.5
1.5
5.0
2.5-3.0
7.0

Front Strut Suspension

Torque Wrench settings
Track control arm to frame head nut
Track control arm to ball joint nut
Ball joint stud in steering knuckle (1974)
Stabilizer to track control arm nut
Stabilizer clamp to frame head bolt (1971-1973)
Stabilizer clamp to frame head bolt (1974)
Strut mounting to shock absorber (1971-1973) nut
Strut mounting to shock absorber (1974) nut
Steering knuckle axle ball joint to strut bolt
Steering knuckle to strut (1974) bolt
Strut to Body nut
Backing plate to steering knuckle bolt
Wheel bearing nut
Clamp nut screw
Idler arm bracket to body bolt
Idler arm to bracket nut
Adjusting bolt in idler arm bracket nut
Center tie rod to drop arm and idler arm nut
Side tie rods to center tie rod and steering knuckle nut
Clamps on tie rods nut
Locknut on tie rod
Steering damper to frame head bolt
Steering damper to drop arm bolt
Steering gearbox to body bolt
Tie rod end (M12 Castellated ) nut
Tie rod end (M10 Castellated ) nut
Drop arm on roller shaft nut
Univ. joint shaft to worm spindle and steering column bolt and nut
Cover on steering gearbox bolt
Roller shaft adjusting screw locknut
Worm adjuster locknut
Column tube to instrument panel bolt
Column switch to column tube bolt
Tie rod inner end to steering rack bolt
Tie rod mounting bracket to steering rack nut and bolt
Rack and pinion steering to steering mount. brackets nut & bolt
Rack and pinion steering mounting brackets to side members bolt
Lb Ft
29
29
25
22
14
29
50-61
43
29
61
14
36
7/9max
7-9
22
29
14
22
22
11
18
43
29-32
29
22
18
72
18
14-18
18
47
11
4-7
40
14
18
32
Nm
39.3
39.3
33.8
29.8
19.0
39.3
67.8-82.7
58.3
39.3
82.7
19.0
48.8
9.5-12.2
9.5-12.2
29.8
39.3
19.0
29.8
29.8
14.9
24.4
58.3
39.3-43.4
39.3
29.8
24.4
97.6
24.4
19.0-24.4
24.4
63.7
14.9
5.4-9.5
54.2
19.0
24.4
43.4
mkg
4.0
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.0
4.0
7.0-8.5
6.0
4.0
8.5
2.0
5.0
1.0-1.3
1.0-1.3
3.0
4.0
2.0
3.0
3.0
1.5
2.5
6.0
4.0-4.5
4.0
3.0
2.5
10.0
2.5
2.0-2.5
2.5
6.5
1.5
0.5-1.0
5.5
2.0
2.5
4.5

Automatic Transmission

Torque Wrench settings
Automatic Stick Shift Clutch housing switch
Transmission case selector switch
Gearshift housing neutral safety switch
Torque converter to drive plate screw
Lock plate to retaining ring screw
Gears to transmission nut
Lock plate to adjusting ring screw
Gear carrier to transmission case nut
Torque converter housing to transmission case nut
Cover to transmission case screw
Bonded rubber mounting to converter housing nut
Transmission mounting to bonded rubber mounting nut
Selector shaft to fork bolt
Bearing lock bolt
Pinion nut
Ring gear bolt
Gearshift housing to bonded rubber mounting nut
One-way clutch support tube to converter screw
Clutch to clutch carrier plate
Oil feed line to transmission union
Oil return line to transmission union
Oil suction line to tank union
Clamp blot to clutch lever bolt
Joint to Flange screw
Lb Ft
18
18
18
18
7
160
7
11
14
7
14
14
18
7
145
32
25
11
11
25
25
25
22
25
Nm
24.4
24.4
24.4
24.4
9.5
216.9
9.5
14.9
19.0
9.5
19.0
19.0
24.4
9.5
196.6
43.4
33.8
14.9
14.9
33.8
33.8
33.8
29.8
33.8
mkg
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5
1.0
22.0
1.0
1.5
2.0
1.0
2.0
2.0
2.5
1.0
20.0
4.5
3.5
1.5
1.5
3.5
3.5
3.5
3.0
3.5