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Old 02-07-2010, 11:10 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How to Replace a Broken Wheel Stud

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I broke yet another wheel stud and instead of paying the dealership $70 to do it, I decided to do it myself this time. I spent $4.04 (for replacement stud) + $1.00 (for 6 washers). This sure beats paying somebody else to do the work and is definitely more gratifying. Click the image to open in full size.

Hopefully, this DIY helps you guys who need their wheel stud(s) replaced.


level of difficulty:
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approximate install time:
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tools:
floor jack and jack stands
socket wrench/ratchet
14mm (9/16") and 19mm (3/4") sockets
wd-40 or pb blaster or liquid wrench
~6 washers
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Replacing the wheel stud:
*I did the rear left side. The fronts should involve the same steps, but may or may not require different socket sizes.

1: Jack up the car high enough using the standard jack points (or frame) so you can slide under the car easily.
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2: Remove the wheel, exposing the studs, rotor, brake components, etc.
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3: Locate the two 14mm bolts holding the brake caliper in place and remove them.
*Spraying the bolts with wd-40/pb blaster/liquid wrench makes the job much easier, especially if these bolts have not been removed recently.
**The bottom bolt cannot be taken off due to limited space behind it, so I used my floor jack to push up the suspension to create more space.
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4: Put the bolts some place where the grease won't collect stuff off the ground.
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5: Rest the brake calipers so that it does not put any strain (put weight on) the brake lines. Take off the brake pads, if you haven't already.
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6: Locate the two 19mm bolts holding the brake caliper bracket in place and remove them.
*Spraying the bolts with wd-40/pb blaster/liquid wrench makes the job much easier, especially if these bolts have not been removed recently.
**I couldn't take off the bolts by hand so I used the floor jack (while making sure the socket is on the bolt completely as to not strip it).
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:11 AM   Thread Starter #2
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7: Put the bolts some place where you won't lose them.
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8: Remove the brake caliper bracket and the rotor and set it aside. They should just slide right out.
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9: Spray wd-40/pb blaster/liquid wrench where the broken stud is and around it. Hammer away at the broken stud. (Optional: thread in an old/useless lug nut a little bit for added length and to prevent the stud from flying somewhere)
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10: Take out the broken stud.
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11: Spray the new stud down with wd-40/pb blaster/liquid wrench and put it through the hole where the broken stud was. Place ~6 washers on the stud and tighten the lug nut. Stop tightening when you can feel the head of the stud become flat like the other studs.
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12: You're done! It should look like this.
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13: Now put everything back together in the opposite order that you took them out in.
[self explanatory]
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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great write up thank you
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:32 PM   Thread Starter #4
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Default Re: How to Replace a Broken Wheel Stud

Great guide. Just replaced a few studs and this really helped. Make sure you dont misplace the 14mm bolt spacer.


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Just curious, how does a wheel stud break? and how do you know if it's broken?
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Default Re: How to Replace a Broken Wheel Stud

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Just curious, how does a wheel stud break? and how do you know if it's broken?
A wheel stud can break due to over tightening, or if the threads get crossed. You'll know if it's broken cause then you can't get the lug nuts back on.


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A wheel stud can break due to over tightening, or if the threads get crossed. You'll know if it's broken cause then you can't get the lug nuts back on.


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actually replacing one of mine tomorrow. busted one off while rotating the tires
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sorry to resurface this thread but im replacing 6 studs so this will help alot... my question is - i had my shop order me some and the auto part store said there different front and rear... so i got 2 for the rear and 4 for the front... them came in an envelope but they all look the same what should be the difference if any.. Any help would be appreciated i need to get this done asap as my car is on cinderblocks in the garage and need to be at the paint shop tommorrow
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Originally Posted by dizZydashboarD4lyfe View Post
sorry to resurface this thread but im replacing 6 studs so this will help alot... my question is - i had my shop order me some and the auto part store said there different front and rear... so i got 2 for the rear and 4 for the front... them came in an envelope but they all look the same what should be the difference if any.. Any help would be appreciated i need to get this done asap as my car is on cinderblocks in the garage and need to be at the paint shop tommorrow
I haven't replaced these on the Max but the difference most of the time is the size of the stud where it meats the back of the hub face. Different thickness hub front and back and so its differs on most vehicles.
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I haven't replaced these on the Max but the difference most of the time is the size of the stud where it meats the back of the hub face. Different thickness hub front and back and so its differs on most vehicles.
thank you burntorangeappeal they are actual the same the auto parts place just caused confusion deadbolt helped me on the 6th gen facebook page... ill be doing this today since im off
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Originally Posted by dizZydashboarD4lyfe View Post
thank you burntorangeappeal they are actual the same the auto parts place just caused confusion deadbolt helped me on the 6th gen facebook page... ill be doing this today since im off
They are the same. I've replaced both front/rear when I put the wrong lug nuts for my g37 wheels.
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