What is the proper wheel bolt torque in foot pounds for a '96 E300D? I remember reading in The Star long ago that the torque value for these wheels is 82 foot pounds; however, the owner's manual calls for 80. I need to know because, during inspection last week, my technician called me and ask who put the wheels on last, because he had a murderous time removing the bolts, three of which had to be drilled out with special equipment (2 hrs. labor).
This problem was the result of a routine tire rotation at a local Tires Plus. I'll be going to them for reimbursement for this labor, and I want to make sure I have the proper torque value. They obviously torqued the bolts way too tight, despite their claim that they always "hand-tighten" the wheel bolts properly.