Wheel Stud Replacement Tips Wheel Stud Replacement Tips

Regular inspection and wheel stud replacement is an effective way of ensuring the safety of the car. A broken, worn out or damaged stud affects the condition and effectiveness of the other pieces which easily compromises the safety of the vehicle. It's easy to replace or change wheel studs at home.

Start with Necessary Materials

Make sure to have the necessary materials and tools. This makes it easy to dismount the wheel and access other parts that are required. Using the wrong tools can pose a risk to personal safety and even cause damage to the car parts such as threads found on studs.

In this case, make sure to buy the correct number of wheel studs required for the job, and a suitable quantity of lugs and nuts. Obtain a key wrench, floor jack, jack stands, tire iron, 17mm or 19mm socket, torque wrench, brake parts cleaner and a lint-free cloth.

Jack Up the Car

This should be the first step when replacing studs in a vehicle. With the use of floor Jack and jack stands, support the car so as to access the broken pieces more easily. It makes it easier to replace and fasten the wheel studs.

Access the Wheel Stud

Locating the wheel stud is often tricky and it depends on the brake assembly around the wheel. Simply locate the caliper and rotor, these two components easily leads to the wheel stud. For emergency brakes that are held with a cable, use a pair of pliers or vice-grips to hold it. Gently grab the end of the cable and pull it out of its carrier.

Take Care of Threads

When making a replacement on a wheel stud that is still in good condition, make sure to protect its thread. It is advisable to screw in a bolt on the stud; this protects the threads and also the stud from getting damaged.

Removing the Old Stud

Sometimes it is hard to find enough room to remove and replace a wheel stud. In this case, rotate the wheel back and forth slowly so as to look for a position that provides enough space.

Clean the Wheel Stud

Use a brake parts cleaner and a lint-free cloth to clean out thread orifice and to dislodge debris or rust that might have accumulated. A fastening aid such as Locktite 262 can be applied to the threads on the shorter end to improve grasp.

How to Insert the Wheel Stud

It is inserted from the whole at the back. Screw a few bolts and fasten them with a lug wrench or ½ inch socket wrench. Make sure that the bolts are tight enough and that the new wheel stud is positioned correctly on the wheel hub.

Take care not to over tighten the studs as it can lead to permanent damage of the wheel hub and the stud.

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