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Old 04-12-2022, 12:57 PM
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ridiculous question; concerning loosening lug bolts on E53

I was preparing to drive to the Dr. when I saw my right rear tire was completely flat. It's been unused for three weeks, so I didn't notice it.

Question is: righty-tighty or reverse (like on old Chryslers & some '50s GM cars)? I've never had a BMW, and haven't found the "directions to remove" in the online manual.

So, far, I've tried a torque wrench in both directions (on different lugs), and my old electric 1/2" impact (on the same lugs), without any effect. I guess I'll have to get some 1.5" iron pipe to fit over my breaker bar, or iflate the tire and hope I can make it 10 miles to a Discount Tire.
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Definitely righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. I make it a point to tell tire shops to use a torque wrench to install my wheel bolts and not the impact. On my F30, the BMW dealer used an impact to install my wheels after fixing a brake squealing issue under warranty, and they torqued the wheel bolts so tight that one of them snapped when I went to remove it. I raised hell and had them replace all of my wheel bolts since they were all clearly over-stressed.
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Old 04-12-2022, 01:11 PM
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right=tight, left=loose

I finally found a thread that stated the direction https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...-turn-way.html, though it was not given the proper respect a serious (though ridiculous) question should get.

The term "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" was thrown around as an un-manly phrase, though correct. I shll never repeat that phrase in public.
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3 Chevys:
'09 HHR Panel LS 2.2L,
'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
+ a '98 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext. Cab

- and 20 others, now gone, that I've had over the last 56 years (not counting the stillborn "1965 ChevyII altered/gasser project")
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Old 04-12-2022, 01:41 PM
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Rightward tightward? Bwahhaahhaa.
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Righty-tighty lefty-loosey is not manly? What am I supposed to say instead
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Righty-tighty lefty-loosey is not manly?
This is news to me.
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lefty-loosey

My dumb ass thought it was Lucy.
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My dumb ass thought it was Lucy.

Six of one!
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My wheels have yet to come off once by me. Only Discount Tire took them off for new 255/60R17 tires. Like my other vehicles, it will get a long breaker bar and one socket in the spare tire area. An old aluminum jack handle serves as add on cheater bar.
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My wheels have yet to come off once by me.

Before I bought snow tires, I had never taken my wheels off (4 years of ownership). They had never even been rotated. But I actually do check my tire wear using a caliper every year, and this car, to its credit, has the most even tire wear of any vehicle I've ever owned.
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