Touareg: 2011 V6 FSI
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Rochester, NY
Second Vehicle: VW 2
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This procedure for tightening was posted by another member last summer and followed by me after we got our 2011 Lux with 19" wheels and our car has been good ever since.
Makes sense, my auto shop teacher in high school (1979) taught us to put wheels on in a similar manner and always tighten in a Star pattern, finger tight first, light pressure with a ratchet and then come back with proper torgue with a torque wrench to finish.
My kids know to do it this way also, it's not Rocket Science.
Thanks JEC PA
These cars have a different style hub and lug bolts than I have ever seen on any other vehicle, by orientating the wheel with the brake disc bolt at 6 o'clock position puts one of the 3 centering flanges on the hub at 12 o'clock position to properly support the heavy wheel and using star pattern further promotes getting wheel centered.
The 19" and 20" wheels are very heavy, if they are off center on the hub by the smallest amount all that mass can cause problems staying centered no matter how whell the tire are balanced.