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How to remove wheel studs?


Ok so I am doing a little work on my brakes. I broke off some wheel studs some time ago when I tightened instead of loosening. My question is how do I remove a broken stud to put a new one in?



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the stud is splined in the hub, so if enough of the broken part is sticking out then just hit it with a sledge hammer and it will come out. Or use a punch or bolt a little smaller in diameter and then wack it with the hammer and drive it out. To install I usually lube the spline, line up the spline to start it straight and then with a flat washer and using the flat side of the lug nut just turn the nut with a impact and it will pull the stud in till it hits the end. You can also just bang it in place with a hammer but be carefull not to miss.

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Remember... righty tighty, lefty loosie HA ha

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Air chisel would be my tool of choice. Lots of short, sharp raps instead of BFH strokes will keep your hub in better shape. When you install the new ones, turn it until you feel the splines catch on the old slots. No point in making more work than you have to. I try to replace all the studs whenever I change any ... just to keep things even. Unless (as in your case) you know exactly how you busted the broken one and fully trust the rest. Since the only times I've ever snapped one was trying to undo the work of a grease gorilla with an impact set on 'stupid' ... it's usually the smart choice.

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Thanks for the replies, I was thinking I should just whack it with a big hammer. But then the voice of wisdom told me to cool my jets and think this out. I guess I should ignore the voice of wisdom.

 

righty tighty and lefty loosey doesn't apply to my 50s era car where 1 side is normal and the other side is righty loosey and lefty tighty.no



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Try doing it at a drag strip, when one slick is on and one street tire's on..not fun, especialy when the same car has to go to town to get replacement studs..(at least it was the street tire that was the issue, NOT the slick) hate driving, even slow n' careful on 4 studs on the highway


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Jimmyvonviggle wrote:

Thanks for the replies, I was thinking I should just whack it with a big hammer. But then the voice of wisdom told me to cool my jets and think this out. I guess I should ignore the voice of wisdom.

 

righty tighty and lefty loosey doesn't apply to my 50s era car where 1 side is normal and the other side is righty loosey and lefty tighty.no


 Question:  Could you not change the studs on the righty loosey and lefty tighty side to righty tighty studs, so all your studs on the car are righty tighty and lefty loosey? confuse

Sure would make life easier. Don't think the size is different, only the direction of the thread.



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Yes this is my plan to put all studs back to a logical thread pattern. There  is something strange when things work in reverse.



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