Pontiac Engine Torque Specs

Pontiac Engine Torque Specs

These are general guidelines. Final torque ratings may vary and need to be determined based on application and parts used.

Warning!!!    If you are using ARP fasteners, you must use
ARP specs and specified lube. 
Bolts or Parts Lube or Sealer Torque to:

Main Caps

Engine Oil 95 ft-lbs.

Rear Main Cap

Engine Oil

120 ft-lbs.

Stock Connecting Rod Bolts Assembly Lube 45 ft-lbs.
SD Connecting Rod Bolts Assembly Lube 65 ft-lbs.

Head Torque Sequence Diagram-Cast Iron

Head Torque Sequence Diagram-Edelbrock

Cylinder Heads

Engine oil

95 ft-lbs.

Rocker Studs (screw-in Hex Head) Engine Oil 55 ft-lbs.

Rocker Arm Nuts
**Factory Spec from GM**

Assembly Lube

Torqued Down
**Not recommended**

Rocker Arm Nuts
**Aftermarket and/or Machined/Modified Head or Engine**
Assembly Lube Per Lifter Specification. Typically 1/2 to 3/4 turn past zero lash.
Oil Pump Bolts Engine Oil 30 ft-lbs.
Oil Pump Cover Bolts Engine Oil 15 ft-lbs.
Windage Tray Engine Oil 15 ft-lbs.
Oil Pan Engine Oil 12 ft-lbs.
Camshaft Thrust Plate Engine Oil 15 ft-lbs.

Cam Sprocket/Timing Gear


Thread Locker 45 ft-lbs.
Timing Cover to Block Engine Oil 35 ft-lbs.
Water Pump to Cover Engine Oil 10 ft-lbs.

Single Timing Cover to

Intake bolt

Install rubber o-ring with light RTV silcone 10 ft-lbs.
Valley Pan Bolts Engine Oil N/A

Intake Manifold

(Cast Iron Heads)

Non- Hardening Sealer 40 ft-lbs.

Intake Torque Sequence

Valve Cover Engine Oil 8 ft-lbs.
Exhaust Manifold Anti-Seize Lubricant 30 ft-lbs.
Spark Plugs No Lube or Sealer 20 ft-lbs.

Flexplate (Automatic)

Flywheel (Clutch)

Thread Locker 95 ft-lbs.
Clutch Pressure Plate Thread Locker 25 ft-lbs.


(Harmonic Damper)

Thread Locker 160 ft-lbs.


(Transmission to Block)

Engine Oil 40 ft-lbs.