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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Nov-09-2012, 11:23:28 PM   #1
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Default Torque Spec Thread

Post E46 M3 torque spec's and I'll add them here.

Engine
Oil drain plug: 18 ft-lbs
Oil filter housing cap bolt: 24 ft-lbs
Banjo bolt (side of valve cover): 18 ft-lbs (25 Nm)
Spark Plugs: 16 ft-lbs (22 Nm)
Cam Bolts: 10.3 ft-lbs (14 Nm )
Chain Tensioner bolt: 32mm 51.6 ft-lb (70nm)
Cylinder head bolts: E14 22.1 ft-lb (30nm)/90 degrees/90 degrees (see explanation in thread)
Engine mounts: 37 ft-lbs (49 Nm)
VANOS filter bolt: 20 ft-lbs
Oil pan bolts - 8.8 grade - 89 in-lbs (10 Nm)
10.9 grade - 106 in-lbs (12 Nm)
Tensioner: 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm)
Idler Pulley: 33 ft. lbs (45 Nm)
Harmonic balancer M12x110 bolts: 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm) then 50 degrees and 50 degrees
Plastic ///M cover over valve cover: 89 in-lbs (10 Nm)

Front Suspension/Brakes
brake caliper mounting bracket to spindle: 81 ft-lbs (110 Nm)
brake caliper guide pins: 22 ft-lbs (30 Nm)
strut tower nuts: 25-26 ft-lbs (35 Nm)
strut bar nuts: 18 ft-lbs (24Nm)
lower strut slip-fit to kingpin/clamshell bolt: 60 ft-lbs (81 Nm)
control arm ball joint: 66 ft-lbs (90 Nm)
control arm at steering knuckle: (65 Nm)
control arm bushing bracket: 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm)
tierods:
aluminum subframe brace/underplate: 43.5 ft-lbs plus 45-90 degree turn

Rear Suspension/Differential
rear trailing arm bracket to car body: 57 ft-lbs (77 Nm)
rear trailing arm/rtab bushing thru bolt: 81 ft-lbs (if using stock rtab, tighten bushing bolt with trailing arm at proper angle to avoid bushing preload)
rear shock mount upper bolts: 21 ft-lbs
rear shock lower bolt: 74 ft-lbs (100 Nm) in loaded position
rear lower control arm to trailing arm bolt: 81 ft-lbs (110 Nm)
rear v-brace: 44 ft-lbs (59 Nm) + 90 degrees
front subframe bolts: 81 ft-lbs (110 Nm)
rear subframe bolts: 57 ft-lbs (77 Nm)
1 front diff mount bolt: 148 ft-lbs (200 Nm)
2 rear diff mount bolts: 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm) + 90 degrees
Differential drain and fill plugs:
- with o-ring - 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm)
- with sealing washer - 48 ft-lbs (65 Nm)
- type not specified - 52 ft-lbs (70 Nm)

Transmission and Driveshaft
guibo to transmission/driveshaft: M12 - 85 ft-lbs (115 Nm)
center support bearing to body: 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm)
driveshaft to differential flange: 52 ft-lbs (70 Nm)


Transmission mounting
Class 8.8:
2ea. M12x50 (12 & 1 o'clock positions looking fwd) - 65 ft-lbs
2ea. M12x90 (4 & 9 o'clock positions looking fwd) - 65 ft-lbs
3ea. M8x50 (5, 6 & 8 o'clock positions looking fwd) - 22 ft-lbs
2ea. M10x65 (starter bolts) - 40 ft-lbs
1ea. M6 Hex for shield (3 o'clock position looking fwd) - 'Goodntight' 7ft-lbs


Exhaust
Flange bolts from Section 2 to your muffler: 11ft-lbs (15Nm)
Muffler hanger to muffler: 15ft-lbs (20Nm)
Muffler hanger to chassis: 16ft-lbs (22Nm)


Miscellaneous
wheel bolts: 88 ft-lbs (120 Nm)
steering coupler ET10 bolts: 16 ft-lbs (22 Nm)
steering wheel locking nut: 46 ft-lbs (63 Nm)

Cylinder head torque procedure:
1. Torque cylinder head bolts to 30 N-m in the following order:


2. Torque each bolt 90 degrees in the same order.

3. Torque each bolt 90 degrees one final time in the same order.

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multiply ft-lbs by 1.356 to get N-m

multiply N-m by 0.738 to get ft-lbs
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File Type: xlsx e46 m3 torque specs.xlsx (12.0 KB, 338 views)

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Old Tue, Aug-18-2015, 06:47:51 AM   #2
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Hey everyone !

In addition to the torque spec thread that is stickied in this section, I thought I would do a little PDF files with the actual drawings and torque values.
Easy to read, print, and have in the garage.
Describing torques with this is a lot easier than writing the name of the actual part and torque value.

Here you go for the download : DOWNLOAD (updated 2017/3/3)

Please do not hesitate to comment for anything that could correct / make the file better !

Stay up to date !
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Change log
Code:
2016 April 8
- Corrected drive shaft center bolt (connecting both parts) torque : 97 Nm with loctite
- Corrected differential subframe front bolt tightening torque (90 Nm for the stud / 77 Nm for the nut)
- Better display of transmission / guibo / propshaft connecting bolts torques
- Corrected front reinforcement plate angle torque (90 +/- 30 and not 90+30)
- Corrected front strut brace nuts torque (24 Nm instead of 40 Nm)
- Corrected front top strut housing torque

2016 April 10
- Added information for main bearing screws
- Added information for cylinder head screws
- Added torque for sealer plug for rocker arm shaft
- Added torque for 11111736005 bolt
- Corrected header -> cylinder head bolt (15 Nm M7 as per TIS)
- Corrected spark plug torque (23 3 Nm as per TIS instead of 25 Nm)
- Corrected value for knock sensor to engine block torque
- Corrected torque value for cranshaft pulse generator (9 Nm instead of 5 Nm)
- Corrected value on holder on oil cooler line
- Corrected value on headers to section 2 bolts (differentiation US version / Euro version)
- Corrected clutch master cylinder to pedal assembly bolt torque
- Corrected values for clutch hydraulic pipes coupling bolts
- Added complete gearbox tightening torques information (including SMG specific torques)
- Corrected reverse light switch (16 Nm instead of 20 Nm)
- Corrected guibo to transmission output flange torque
- Corrected stabilize link torque
- Added steering column adjusment screw torque
- Added steering colum sliding piece nut torque
- Corrected torques on rear upper / lower control arms
- Added door hinge and closing bar nuts torques
- Added front impact absorber tightening torque
- Corrected seat belt slider to body bolt torque

2016 August 23
- Added information about differential (Axle cap bolts + preload...)

2017 January 31
- Added lots of information for engine rebuild
- Made a permanent link to latest version : http://sawashie.free.fr/M3/TorqueSpec/E46%20M3%20TORQUE%20SPECS%20LR.pdf
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- Alternator pulley torque ?
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Sorry, no turbro thread here.
But, it's not because the E46 M3 has no torque that it cannot be torqued right, right ?

So I made this : updated

I will add it to the torque thread. Tried to verify as many as possible, but of course I may have made mistakes, so please tell me if you see any !

I made this because we took a friend's car apart in order to repair the RACP, and we wanted to torque everything back to factory specs, which got me started.
I will print this and always leave it in the garage. Very easy to check tightening torques.

Any feedback on how to make it better appreciated !
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Wow, awesome work. Thanks for sharing it.
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Your awesome!! Thank you!!
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You're welcome ! So many ressources here, that was something I can contribute to
Just realized I did everything in Nm. Should I convert everything to Ft Lbs ? Would that be easier for american users ?
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Awesome I love torques
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You're welcome ! So many ressources here, that was something I can contribute to
Just realized I did everything in Nm. Should I convert everything to Ft Lbs ? Would that be easier for american users ?
I was just gonna ask if you had it in foot lbs !

This is amazing for lack of better terms man..!!!

I'm literally in the middle of a full engine rebuild and you have no idea how much you just helped me out !!

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I was just gonna ask if you had it in foot lbs !

This is amazing for lack of better terms man..!!!

I'm literally in the middle of a full engine rebuild and you have no idea how much you just helped me out !!

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No problem. I hope I did not make any mistakes. I tried to verify all of the torques as much as possible. Always check if they make sense

To convert to Ft Lbs, I can do that of course, but will need some time. It's late here now, and I need to get some sleep before a big day of work tomorrow.

In the mean time :
Nm x 0,737562149277 = Ft Lbs
Nm x 8,85074610683 = Inch Lbs
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Sure thing man!!! I can convert manually for now lol

Just let us know when you update it....Im sure you literally and single handedly saved many people lots of time doing research!

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[] KW V3 [] Eibach F&R Sways [] Vibratechnics Tranny mount [] UUC RTAB
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