BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Wheel and Tire Assembly



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. With the vehicle resting on the ground and the parking brake set, loosen the lug nuts or bolts depending on year, but do not remove.
  3. Block the wheel at the opposite corner of the vehicle with a chock. Raise the vehicle at the jacking point.

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Fig. Fig. 1: An example of a BMW alloy wheel and tire assembly. The center cap is removable on both steel and alloy wheels

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Fig. Fig. 2: Placing an anti-seize compound around the hub before installing the wheel

  1. Place a jackstand under the vehicle at the jacking point before continuing work.
  3. Mark the relationship of the wheel to the hub to maintain the finish balance. Remove the lug nuts or bolts and remove the wheel.

To install:
  1. Clean the surfaces of the wheel and the hub where they meet. Coat the hub with a thin layer of anti-seize.
  3. If your vehicle wheels are attached via lug bolts, place the alignment tool provided in the vehicles tool kit into one of the bolt holes. This tool is the metal rod with the plastic fitting on the end. Slide the wheel over the alignment tool and onto the hub. The alignment tool matches the lug holes in the wheel with the threaded holes in the hub.
  5. Install the lug bolts and remove the alignment tool. Snug the lug bolts.
  7. If your vehicle wheels are attached via lug nuts, position the wheel over the studs and install the nuts.
  9. Lower the vehicle and tighten the lug bolts to 65-79 ft. lbs. (90-110 Nm) or lug nuts to 59-62 (77-81 Nm) in a crisscross pattern.


With the wheel removed, check for obvious bends, dents or chip missing from the rim. Check for cracks at the spokes, inside and outside. With the wheel installed, spin the wheel on the hub to check for bends and wobbles not noticeable with the wheel removed.

Do not try to repair a damaged wheel by hammering it straight. Have an alloy wheel professionally repaired or replace it. Replace damaged steel wheels. Use only OEM approved replacement wheels and check with BMW or your dealer for approved makes of wheels. Do not change the size, width or offset without first checking with BMW if the change is acceptable.