Use this guide as a cheat sheet for all the torque values for your E46 M3. If you’re like me, I even forget what the basic oil drain plug and filter housing torque specs are. From door panel specs to engine head torque values we have it all listed for you. Don’t over tighten another bolt ever again!

If you want a physical copy for the garage we formatted a printable copy available for download below. Our chart torque specs were compiled from BMW E46 3 Series (1999-2005) Service Manual by Bentley Publications.

BMW E46 M3 Torque Spec Guide

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CategoryLocationBoltFt-lbNmIn-lb
BrakesBleeder screws7mm3.75
BrakesBleeder screws11mm1216
BrakesCaliper to brake pad carrier mounting bolts2230
BrakesBrake rotor to hub mounting screw1216
BrakesFront caliper to front steering arm81110
BrakesRear caliper to rear trailing arm4865
BrakesBrake master cylinder to brake booster1926
BrakesBrake fluid lines to master cylinder1318
BrakesBrake booster to bulkhead1622
BrakesBrake fluid line to master cylinder or hydraulic unit1318
BrakesABS wheel speed sensor to steering arm / trailing arm68
BrakesRotational rate sensor to bracket68
BrakesSensor bracket to body68
BrakesPressure sensor to hydraulic unit1419
BrakesPressure sensor to master cylinder11 + 315 + 4
BrakesBrake caliper to steering arm81110
EngineEngine oil drain plugM121825
EngineOil filter cover filter housing1825
EngineOxygen sensor to exhaust manifold3750
EngineSpark plug to cylinder head1825
EngineIntake manifold to cylinder headM71115
EngineIntake manifold to cylinder headM81622
EngineCoolant drain plug to cylinder block1825
EngineEngine mount to subframeM103345
EngineEngine mount to subframeM71520
EngineEngine mount to subframeM81520
EngineRadiator drain screw to radiator2.522
EngineCylinder head to engine block (stage 1)Torx E12 M104055
EngineCylinder head to engine block (stage 2)Torx E12 M10+90°+90°
EngineCylinder head to engine block (stage 3)Torx E12 M10+90°+90°
EngineSecondary chain guide to cylinder head1098
EngineCamshaft bearing cap to cylinder headM71014
EngineImpulse wheel studs to intake camshaftM71520
EngineExhaust camshaft locating stud1520
EnginePrimary chain tensioner preload0.76
EngineSprocket assembly to camshaft (initial torque)544
EngineSprocket assembly wheel to camshaftM7 Torx1520
EngineSprocket assembly wheel to camshaftM6810
EngineVANOS unit to cylinder headM61089
EngineVANOS unit to cylinder headM71014
EngineSealing plug to VANOS unit3750
EngineOil line to VANOS unit (banjo bolt)2432
EnginePrimary chain tensioner cylinder to cylinder head5270
EngineCylinder head cover to cylinder headM61089
EngineExhaust manifold to cylinder headM71520
EngineMounting bracket to cylinder blockM103347
EngineMounting bracket to intake manifoldM6710
EngineVibration damper302410
EngineHub to crankshaft
EngineVibration damper to crankshaft hubM81622
EngineLower timing cover to cylinder blockM61089
EngineOil pan to engine block (8.8 grade)M61089
EngineOil pan to engine block (10.9 grade)912
EngineSprocket assembly to camshaftM7 Torx1520
EngineSprocket assembly to camshaftM61089
EngineCylinder head cover to cylinder head1089
EngineHydraulic piston to splined shaftM61089
EngineOil pressure switch to oil filter housing2027
EngineOil drain plug to oil panM121825
EngineOil pan to engine block (10.9 grade)M612106
EngineTransmission bellhousing to oil panM8 Allen1724
EngineTransmission bellhousing to oil panM8 Torx1521
EngineOil pump to engine blockM81622
EngineOil pump sprocket to oil pump shaft (left-hand threads)M101825
EngineIntake camshaft sensor to cylinder head3.55
EngineVANOS solenoid to VANOS control unit2230
EngineKnock sensor to cylinder block1520
EngineECT sensor to cylinder head1013
EngineEngine block drain plug to block1825
EngineRadiator drain plug to radiator327
EngineRadiator bleed screw2.522
EngineFan clutch nut to coolant pump (left-hand threads; without BMW tool)2940
EngineFan clutch nut to coolant pump (left-hand threads; with BMW tool)2230
EngineFan to viscous clutch1089
EngineCoolant pump to timing chain cover1089
EngineCoolant pump pulley to coolant pump1089
ExteriorDoor hinge to door1520
ExteriorDoor check to door1624
ExteriorTailgate to tailgate hingeM81520
ExteriorHatchback window to hingeM81216
ExteriorLock nut for stop bufferM81115
ExteriorOutside mirror to doorM64.56
ExteriorBumper to impact absorberM103941
ExteriorBumper bracket to impact absorberM103041
ExteriorImpact absorber to chassisM81622
ExteriorFront bumper to bumper bracketM81622
ExteriorFront bumper bracket to impact absorberM104155
ExteriorRear bumper bracket to impact absorberM103142
ExteriorWindow regulator guide rail to door980
ExteriorSide-impact airbag to door8.575
ExteriorWindow to regulator guide871
ExteriorWindow to guide871
ExteriorVent window to bodyM66.255
ExteriorWindow regulator to door79
ExteriorWindow motor to regulator45
ExteriorDoor lock adjustment screw3 + 227 + 18
ExteriorOutside handle to lock (left-hand thread)2.0 ± 0.418 ± 3.5
ExteriorStriker plate to body pillar1824
ExteriorSunroof panel to roof4.540
ExteriorWind blocker to roof19
ExteriorSunroof motor to sunroof carrier2.825
ExteriorFiller plug to hydraulic unit10 + 189 + 9
ExteriorHydraulic unit to body1089
ExteriorFront wiper arm to wiper shaft2230
ExteriorRear wiper arm to wiper shaft79.5
ExteriorCenter wiper assembly mount to cowl1088
ExteriorWiper arm to wiper shaft2230
ExteriorWiper shaft nut at cow1088
ExteriorWiper motor to rear deck79.5
ExteriorRear window button to rear window79.5
ExteriorWiper shaft housing to rear window79.5
ExteriorRear spoiler to rear glass46
ExteriorCoolant hose clamp (32-48mm)2.522
ExteriorSteering column to dashboard reinforcement1622
ExteriorA/C line to A/C compressor1520
InteriorAirbag to door8.575
InteriorDoor lock to doorM6980
InteriorFront seat to floor3345
InteriorSeat belt end to seat3548
InteriorSteering wheel to steering column spindle shaft4663
InteriorFront seat to floorM103345
InteriorTensioner mounting bracket to seat rail1824
InteriorTensioner to mounting bracket3548
InteriorSeat belt anchor bar to door sill2331
InteriorSeat belt to B-pillar sliding anchor2331
InteriorSeat belt reel to B-pillar bottom2331
InteriorSliding seat height adjuster to B-pillar1824
InteriorAirbag to steering wheel (MFL)871
InteriorAirbag cover strap to dashboardM679
InteriorPassenger air bag to dashboardM81622
InteriorSide-impact airbag to door8.575
InteriorHPS airbag to body811
InteriorHPS airbag mounting bracket to A or B-pillar2.522
InteriorHPS gas generator to dashboard reinforcementM6435
SuspensionFront differential filler plug to housing4865
SuspensionRear differential filler plug to housing5270
SuspensionControl arm ball joint to suspension subframe6690
SuspensionFront subframe to frame rails (8.8 grade)M125777
SuspensionFront subframe to frame rails (10.9 grade)M1281110
SuspensionFront subframe to frame rails (12.9 grade)M1277105
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to frame rails or suspension subframe (initial torque)M104459
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to frame rails or suspension subframeM1090° + 30°90° + 30°
SuspensionStabilizer bar to frame railM81622
SuspensionSteering column universal joint clamping screwM81622
SuspensionControl arm mounting bracket to subframeM104459
SuspensionControl arm ball joint bracket to subframeM125777
SuspensionEngine mount to subframeM103345
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to chassis and subframe (tubular style)M103142
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to chassis and subframe (pan style; stage 1)M104459
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to chassis and subframe (pan style; stage 2)M10+ 90°+ 90°
SuspensionRoad wheel to hub74 ± 7100 ± 10
SuspensionStabilizer bar link to strut4459
SuspensionSteering tie rod to steering arm4865
SuspensionSteering arm to control arm4865
SuspensionSteering arm pinch bolt at strut housing6081
SuspensionFront strut assembly to strut tower (selflocking nuts)1824
SuspensionFront upper strut mount to strut tower (18mm flange)M81824
SuspensionFront upper strut mount to strut tower (21mm flange)M82534
SuspensionFront upper strut mount to strut shaftM144764
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to front subframe or body frame rails (stage 1)M104359
SuspensionFront end reinforcement to front subframe or body frame rails (stage 2)M1090° + 30°90° + 30°
SuspensionControl arm ball joint to subframeM146690
SuspensionControl arm bushing carrier to bodyM104359
SuspensionSteering rack to subframeM103142
SuspensionSubframe to body (8.8 grade)M125777
SuspensionSubframe to body (10.9 grade)M1281110
SuspensionSubframe to body (12.9 grade)M1277105
SuspensionControl arm rear bracket to subframeM104459
SuspensionInner ball joint to control armM145980
SuspensionInner ball joint mount to subframeM125777
SuspensionStabilizer anchor to subframeM81622
SuspensionSubframe adapter to bodyM104459
SuspensionSubframe front to body (8.8 grade)M125777
SuspensionSubframe front to body (10.9 grade)M1281110
SuspensionSubframe front to body (12.9 grade)M1277105
SuspensionOuter ball joint to steering armM124865
SuspensionControl arm rear4459
SuspensionStabilizer bar bushing brackets to subframe1622
SuspensionStabilizer bar link to stabilizer barM104865
SuspensionStabilizer bar link to strutM104865
SuspensionBrake rotor to wheel hub1216
SuspensionCollar nut to stub axle214290
SuspensionABS pulse sensor to steering arm871
SuspensionTie rod to steering arm4865
SuspensionDrive flange collar nut to front hub310420
SuspensionControl arm bracket to front axle subframe4459
SuspensionFront axle differential drain / fill plug4865
SuspensionControl arm bracket to front suspension subframe4459
SuspensionHydraulic hoses to power steering pumpM14 Banjo2635
SuspensionHydraulic hoses to power steering pumpM16 Banjo3040
SuspensionSteering arm to lower ball joint4865
SuspensionSteering column to steering rack1622
SuspensionSteering arm clamping bolt at strut housing6081
SuspensionSubframe rear to adapterM1281110
SuspensionBearing pedestal to oil pan3345
SuspensionInput flange collar nut to differentiaAlignAlign
SuspensionAirbag to steering wheel871
SuspensionPinch bolts at steering columns joints1622
SuspensionUniversal joint pinch bolt at steering column1622
SuspensionSteering column to dashboard carrier1622
SuspensionOuter tie rod end to steering arm replace self-locking nut4865
SuspensionOuter tie rod end lock nut3345
SuspensionSteering column flexible joint to steering rack shaft1622
SuspensionSteering fluid linesM14 Banjo2635
SuspensionSteering fluid linesM16 Banjo3040
SuspensionInner tie rod to steering rack74 + 7100 + 10
SuspensionTie rod lock nut3345
SuspensionRear lower control arm to rear trailing arm5777
SuspensionRear trailing arm bracket to body5777
SuspensionRear shock absorber to trailing arm (car in normal loaded position)74100
SuspensionRear shock absorber upper mount to bodyM82128
SuspensionDrive axle to final drive flange (20mm bolt)M106183
SuspensionDrive axle to final drive flange (46mm bolt)M1074100
SuspensionDrive axle to final drive flange (46mm bolt; silver)M105980
SuspensionTrailing arm to front bracket81110
SuspensionDrive axle collar nut to drive flangeM24184250
SuspensionDrive axle collar nut to drive flangeM27221300
SuspensionUpper control arm to rear subframeM125777
SuspensionUpper control arm to trailing armM1281110
SuspensionLower control arm to rear subframeM1281110
SuspensionLower control arm to trailing armM1281110
SuspensionDifferential to subframe front boltM1281110
SuspensionDifferential to subframe rear boltM14128174
SuspensionDriveshaft to differential flangeM10 Compressed4764
SuspensionDriveshaft to differential flangeM10 Torx6385
SuspensionLower control arm to subframeM1281110
SuspensionSubframe to bodyM125777
SuspensionUpper control arm to subframeM125777
SuspensionDifferential to rear subframeM127095
SuspensionDifferential to rear subframeM14128174
SuspensionRear suspension reinforcement to undercarriageM125777
SuspensionRear suspension reinforcement to undercarriage (8.8 grade)M81521
SuspensionRear suspension reinforcement to undercarriage (10.9 grade)M82230
SuspensionWheel to wheel hub74 ± 7100 ± 10
TransmissionClutch slave cylinder to transmission1622
TransmissionClutch master cylinder to pedal cluster1622
TransmissionFluid line to master cylinder or slave cylinder15 + 420 + 5
TransmissionClutch to flywheel (8.8 grade)1824
TransmissionClutch to flywheel (10.9 grade)2534
TransmissionTransmission to engineM8 Torx1622
TransmissionTransmission to engineM10 Torx3243
TransmissionTransmission to engineM12 Torx5372
TransmissionTransmission drain or fill plug3750
TransmissionBack-up light switch to transmission1520
TransmissionCenter bearing (driveshaft) to body1521
TransmissionClamping sleeve (driveshaft)1089
TransmissionDriveshaft to final drive flangeM10 Ribbed5980
TransmissionDriveshaft to final drive flangeM10 Compressed4764
TransmissionFlex-disc (guibo) to driveshaft or transmission flange (8.8 grade)M103548
TransmissionFlex-disc (guibo) to driveshaft or transmission flange (10.9 grade)M104460
TransmissionFlex-disc (guibo) to driveshaft or transmission flange (12.9 grade)M1074100
TransmissionTransmission / transfer case crossmember to chassisM81521
TransmissionTransfer case to transmissionM103041
TransmissionTransmission output flange to output shaft (stage 1)140190
TransmissionTransmission output flange to output shaft (stage 2; after loosening)89120
TransmissionGuide sleeve to transmissionM61089
TransmissionRubber mount to transmission or bracket nutM81521
TransmissionSlave cylinder to transmission1622
TransmissionATF drain plug to ATF sump (A5S 360R / A5S 390R)M141520
TransmissionATF drain plug to ATF sump (A5S 325Z)2635
TransmissionATF fill plug to ATF sump (A5S 360R / A5S 390R)M141520
TransmissionATF fill plug to ATF sump (A5S 325Z)2230
TransmissionATF sump to transmission (A5S 360R / A5S 390R)M14710
TransmissionATF sump to transmission (A5S 325Z)46
TransmissionFront suspension reinforcement to chassisM103042
TransmissionTorque converter to drive plateM103345
TransmissionTransmission support crossmember to chassis1723
TransmissionTransmission to engine (Torx-head with washer)M81521
TransmissionTransmission to engine (Torx-head with washer)M103142
TransmissionTransmission to engine (Torx-head with washer)M125372
TransmissionShift cable clamping nut912
TransmissionCenter bearing to body1521
TransmissionClamping sleeve1089
TransmissionDrive axle to differential flangeM10 Torx6183
TransmissionDrive axle to differential flange (with locking teeth)M107196
TransmissionDrive axle to differential flange (with ribbed teeth)M1074100
TransmissionDrive axle to differential flange (with ribbed teeth; silver ZNS)M105980

BMW 3 Series (E46): Service Manual: M3, 323i, 323Ci, 325i, 325Ci, 325xi, 328i, 328Ci, 330i, 330Ci, 330xi: Sedan, Coupe, Convertible, and Sport Wagon: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. (2005). Cambridge, MA: Bentley.