Touareg: Still looking
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Madison, WI
Second Vehicle: too many to list
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That bulletin is noting more than tire installation & torque sequence 101. I learned these principals back in high school 30 plus years ago...that is to have one lug at the 12 o'clock position, clean the mating surfaces, hand tighten all lugs first to help center the center the wheel, and torque in star pattern in stages. The class instructor added the torquing in 3 increasing steps. Example: First get them all snug (finger tight). Then torque in the star pattern to 80ft/lbs. Then again to 110 ft/lbs, and then again to 130ft/lbs.
And with very sensitive cars (like the Touareg) one can add an additional step. After hand tightening the lugs, spin the tire 180 degrees and slightly loosen the lugs and spin the tire a few times again and then re-hand tighten. Then go into the torque sequence.
Another CT member posted a similar ritual awhile back (sorry don't remember who). I think it was in regards to storing the summer tires and installing the winter set, not sure.
The way I read the VW hub position is simply to have one lug bolt hole at the 12 o'clock position. It could be any one of the 5. But VW wanted to make it easy (or hard depending on your view) to identify a specific lug by explaining the 6 o'clock position of the hub notch thing, when in fact any lug at 12 o'clock high will work the same IMO.