Toyota Tacoma Lug Nut Torque Specifications (All Model Years)

Your Tacoma's wheel nuts are designed to be tightened to a specific amount of force, which is typically measured in foot-pounds.

Key Points:

  • Lug nut torque is a measurement of the tightness of your wheel nuts.
  • Under-torqued lug nuts can cause your wheel to fall off.
  • Over-torqued lug nuts can warp your brake rotors, strip the threads, or break the wheel studs.
  • A torque wrench and appropriately-sized socket can be used to apply proper torque.

Have you checked up on your Toyota Tacoma lug nut torque lately? Maybe you just bought your truck, and if so, congratulations. Hopefully, the mechanic properly set your lug nut torque, but knowing how to check it yourself is always helpful.

If you are new to the term and want to learn the proper lug nut torque specifications, this article is for you. I will provide you with all the information you need to know. I will define lug nut torque, review the specifications for your Tacoma, discuss why it’s important, and explain how to torque lug nuts on your own Tacoma. 


Before going into the details of how to torque your lug nuts, I want to review your model year’s specifications.

Lug nut torque is not the same for every vehicle or year. The specs will be in the manufacturer’s guide in your glove box, but this chart will give you access to all the information at a glance.

Note the difference in the newton-meters (Nᐧm) spec from 1995 to 2003. Although other measurements remain the same, there is a slight difference in the Nᐧm conversion. We have not been able to determine the reason behind this calculation difference.

Toyota Tacoma Model YearLug Nut Torque Specification
202483ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
202383ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
202283ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
202183ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
202083ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201983ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201883ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201783ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201683ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201583ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201483ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201383ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201283ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201183ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
201085ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200985ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200883ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200783ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200683ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200583ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200483ftᐧlbf (113Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200383ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200283ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200183ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
200083ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
199983ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
199883ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
199783ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
199683ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)
199583ftᐧlbf (110Nᐧm, 11.5Kgfᐧm)

What Is Lug Nut Torque?

Lug nut torque measures lug nut tightness in a foot-pounds force measurement. Simply put, it is the tightness of the lug nuts on your tires.

Your wheels work hard, and sometimes wear and tear, dirt, and debris can cause the lug nuts to loosen over time, primarily if they are under-torqued. Each vehicle comes with different manufacturer torque specs. So that’s where knowing proper lug nut torque comes in.


Why It’s Important

Having proper lug nut torque is extremely important. Your tires take on so much wear and tear every day, so over time, you can imagine the lug nuts undergo some stress that can cause them to loosen.

Worst case scenario, your tires could come off while driving if the lug nuts are too loose. While this is rare, I just want you to understand it’s a good idea to keep an eye on lug nut tightness.

If the lug nuts are too tight, you run the risk of warped brake rotors. Plus, overtightening can strip the fastener threads. Sometimes dirt or rust can get in the way and cause “false torques,” so it might be wise to retorque a few hours after to double-check.


Proper Torquing

Now that you know what lug nut torque is and what your specifications are, let’s go over how you can torque your Toyota Tacoma properly.

1. Grab a Torque Wrench

To get started, you need a torque wrench. It’s used to adjust lug nuts to the proper spec and gives you leverage for tightening.

2. Set the Appropriate Torque Specification

A torque wrench is different because it must be calibrated to the correct torque for your Tacoma.

Remember to refer to the chart above for your model years’ specifications. So before you start, tighten the bottom of the wrench to lock it into the right setting.

3. Tighten the Lug Nuts

Before you go in with the wrench and tighten the lug nuts, Toyota recommends torquing the truck while it hovers in the air with the wheels almost touching the ground. So you will need a jack if you are doing this at home.

With the truck lifted, you will start tightening the lug nuts in a star-shaped pattern. You’ll hear two clicks when the torque is tightened to the correct specifications.



Now you understand what lug nut torque is and why it is so important to check it every so often.  It is an easy process; all you need is a lift and a torque wrench. If you don’t have a lift, you can easily get it done at a shop by a mechanic or by a friend who has their own lift.

Keep in mind how hard your truck works on a daily basis. Your truck can stay on the road longer with the proper care and attention.

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  1. Robert Hernandez says:

    I have a question does anybody know the torx on the two bolts that hold the transmission. I’m putting catalytic converter shield all the videos show old school tighting. Thanks