If you own a Kia Forte, knowing the lug nut size and torque specifications is important for changing a tire or swapping out your wheels. The factory lug nuts and bolts are specifically designed for your Forte’s hub assembly, so using the right hardware is critical to safety and preventing damage. In this article, we’ll cover the lug nut size, socket size, torque specs, and best practices when servicing the lug nuts on your Kia Forte.

OEM Kia Forte Lug Nut Size

The lug nuts on most factory Kia Forte models from 2010 and newer are M12 x 1.5 thread pitch lug nuts. The “M” stands for metric, while the “12” indicates the diameter of the threads in millimeters. The “1.5” is the distance between threads in millimeters.

Always check your owner’s manual or factory service manual to confirm the lug nut size for your specific Forte’s model year and trim package. Using the wrong lug nut size can damage the wheel hub or allow the wheel to loosen.

Socket Size for Kia Forte Lug Nuts

To remove or install the lug nuts, you’ll need a socket that fits the M12 lug nuts. The correct size is a 19mm socket. A standard 6-point 19mm socket is preferred to get the best grip on the nuts without rounding them off. Make sure your socket is in good shape with no worn out corners or debris stuck in it. A worn or damaged socket can also round off the corners of your lug nuts.

Check your owner’s manual to see if your car uses these. For the main lug nut itself, the 19mm socket still applies in most cases.

What size are the lug nuts on a Kia Forte?

Torque Specifications on Kia Forte Lug Nuts

In addition to the correct socket size, you’ll need to torque the lug nuts to the factory specification to ensure the wheels are securely fastened. Overtightening or undertightening the lug nuts can cause damage or safety issues.

The factory torque spec for lug nuts on most Kia Forte models is:

  • Alloy wheels – 107 – 127 Nm

Always use a quality torque wrench to achieve the proper torque when reinstalling lug nuts. Do not use impact tools to install lug nuts, as these can overtighten and damage threads.

When installing new lug nuts or swapping wheels, you should follow the recommended tightening pattern or sequence to make sure the wheel is centered and tight. Refer to your owner’s manual for the criss-cross or star tightening sequence for your Forte.

After test driving the first 25 miles, it’s also recommended to re-torque the lug nuts with a torque wrench to ensure they have properly settled.

Why BONOSS Kia Forte Lug Nuts Are Best?

Upgrading to aftermarket lug nuts is a great way to add style and security to your Kia Forte. We recommend BONOSS Kia Forte lug nuts for several reasons.

  • Made of forged 50BV30 steel for added strength
  • Specially coated for corrosion resistance
  • Specialized nuts for each wheel prevents theft of wheels/lug nuts
  • Affordable upgrade over stock lug nuts

BONOSS uses advanced manufacturing processes to produce tuned, high-strength lug nuts that meet or exceed OEM specifications while looking great.

They offer lug nuts to precisely fit Kia Forte models so you know you’re getting a proper, snug fit. The lug nuts are rigorously tested for long-lasting durability through all weather conditions. Overall, BONOSS forged 50BV30 steel lug nuts provide upgraded aesthetics and safety at an affordable price for Kia Forte owners.

We hope this overview gives you a better understanding of the lug nut specs for your Kia Forte. Proper lug nut servicing and using quality aftermarket replacements like BONOSS can protect the integrity of your wheels and suspension for years of comfortable and spirited driving. Check your torque values regularly and drive safely!