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While doing some wrenching I thought I'd remove the front tires to get easy access to clean the inside of the rims. In the process I stripped two wheel studs. The lug nuts and the studs are now spinning together(the factory loctite worked a little too well). I guess that either the wheel stud stripped or the hub stripped. I'm really hoping it's only a couple of stripped wheel studs. I cannot get to the back of the studs because the brake rotor is in the way.

Any ideas on what to try?


Thanks for any ideas.
 

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While doing some wrenching I thought I'd remove the front tires to get easy access to clean the inside of the rims. In the process I stripped two wheel studs. The lug nuts and the studs are now spinning together(the factory loctite worked a little too well). I guess that either the wheel stud stripped or the hub stripped. I'm really hoping it's only a couple of stripped wheel studs. I cannot get to the back of the studs because the brake rotor is in the way.

Any ideas on what to try?


Thanks for any ideas.
I feel your pain,, can you help us out and post a picture of your rim and nuts ? the one that is giving you problem is preferd .

Wolf
 

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Well I took a little time this evening and replaced the two bad wheel studs and I took a few pictures. Hopefully this will help someone along the way.

Calm before the storm...


A look behind, not much room to get any tools between the rim and the brake rotor. Now you can see why I wanted to clean the backside of the rim.


I used a "nut cutter" to split the lug nut on each side.


The nut cutter not only cuts the nut but spreads it away from the wheel stud. The lug nuts pulled off with a pliers.


I used a hammer to pop the old wheel studs out. They only took a tap.


Both the lug nut and wheel stud are goners. The wheel stud was stripped but the hub was bored out a bit too.


I tapped the new wheel stud in a bit and then used the new lug nut to pull the wheel stud in the hub.


Finished product, no damage to the chrome and the wheel studs are now tight in the hub. No Loctite for me on the new wheel studs...
 

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The easiest way to remove a wheel stud is to tap it out with a hammer (tap, not pound it out). If the stud is to be reused then put a lug nut on so you tap against the nut and not the stud. The stud is an interference fit in the hub. That is it's a tight fit with no splines or threads holding it in place. To install the new one, just put the new stud in from the rear and it will pull into place when the lug nut is tightened on the wheel. I just replaced one and it's easy.
 

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The easiest way to remove a wheel stud is to tap it out with a hammer (tap, not pound it out). If the stud is to be reused then put a lug nut on so you tap against the nut and not the stud. The stud is an interference fit in the hub. That is it's a tight fit with no splines or threads holding it in place. To install the new one, just put the new stud in from the rear and it will pull into place when the lug nut is tightened on the wheel. I just replaced one and it's easy.
That usually works!
 
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