There are two main types of wheel lug studs. The first, and most prevalent, is the pressed-in type. On some cars, owners may be confronted with wheel studs that are threaded in, however. Whichever type you have, wheel stud replacement is a quite straightforward process.
To perform a wheel stud replacement on wheel studs that are threaded in may require a tool known as a stud puller (can be rented/borrowed at most chain parts stores) and an Allen (hex) wrench of the correct size. For studs that are rusted in, some lubricating compound or a propane heating torch may be required to break the rust loose.
Attach the stud puller to the broken stud and use the tire iron to lock the hub from turning by propping it across the hub and two other studs. Using a wrench or supplied tool, turn the puller counterclockwise until the stud has been removed. Reverse the tire iron and thread the new stud into the opening in the hub. Thread a lug nut onto the stud until three to four threads are visible on the top of the nut.
Next, thread another nut on top of it and lock the together by turning the bottom nut counterclockwise and the top clockwise. Now, use a tire iron or wrench to torque the stud into place. It is recommended to use a thread locker adhesive such as Loc-Tite to ensure the new stud doesn’t come loose.
The pressed-in type of wheel studs is only slightly more difficult. To perform this wheel stud replacement, you will need the new stud, a lug nut, a hammer, and three or four washers just big enough to fit onto the new stud.
If possible, thread a lug nut onto the old stud until the top is flush with the top of the stud. Strike the nut and stud repeatedly until the stud pops loose from the wheel hub flange. Remove the nut and the old stud.
Insert new wheel studs from behind the hub flange and place the washers over them. Thread the lug nut on. Use a tire iron to lock the hub from rotating and tighten the lug nut until the stud is fully seated. You’re done.
Brandsport carries a full line of wheel studs for every make and model of car on the road. Brandsport can supply all of your wheel stud replacement needs.