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#1460468 - 04/27/08 12:20 PM Rear wheel stud replacement
markg Offline
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Registered: 10/24/07
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Anybody know if you have to "drop the axle" to replace a rear wheel stud? It looks like I can fit it in if I disassemble the parking brake but I'm not sure. Local stealership told me it would cost $500 because they would have to "drop the axle." I know the front ones are easiest but no clue on these rear ones. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated!
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#1460780 - 04/27/08 08:13 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
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I cannot tell you that it is possible but I can tell you that I recently replaced one on an 03 Grand Cherokee that has a very similar set up.(rear discs with parking brake inside the hat) I had to rotate the axle a little to get the stud out and the new one in.

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#1460785 - 04/27/08 08:20 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: gord_bolton]
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You don't have to, at the top there is enough room to snake it in there.. I cut a little tiny bit off my new stud to get it in there. Make sure you have the replacement nut on there if going to cut, then the nut will cut the threads on the way off the stud... I used a sawzall and a metal blade went through it like butter.. Didn't want to pull the axle to install a new stud so, you put the stud in there then seat the new stud with the new (in my case) lugnut had to drill out the old one since I put my locking nuts on there from the 92 but then the "key" split in two hence the drilling of said stud, WHAT A PITA that was!
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#1460926 - 04/27/08 11:20 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: JWhittaker]
markg Offline
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Registered: 10/24/07
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Thanks. What a day. The new stud from napa was a bit too long so I cut part of the tip off. I thought I cut it a bit too short but I was just happy to get it to fit in the way you said. PITA here too but it looks like the job's done. Definitely would have had to pull the axle without shortening the stud some. No way in hades a stud could wiggle in otherwise.
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#1460966 - 04/28/08 12:12 AM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
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Registered: 12/21/07
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On an 03+ you dont have to trim the stud at all.

Did you cut down to the threads?
If you did it may give you some cross-threading headaches later (if you have tires removed by a garage/dealership that doesnt know about the new stud)
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#1461280 - 04/28/08 01:49 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: SteelCityMarquis]
markg Offline
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
I did cut all the way to the threads but when I put the lug nut on to install the new stud I guess I didn't put enough washers and it formed a smooth surface on the tip like it had before and messed up some threads. After using a die and doing some filing, the nut goes on smooth. I hope this doesn't lead to having to do this all over again after taking it somewhere though. Fingers crossed.
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#1463090 - 04/30/08 04:59 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
JWhittaker Offline
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Registered: 09/21/01
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Glad to hear its done Mark you shouldn't have any problems as long as it went on ok.. And you saved yourself a boatload of money. Any shop should be competent enough to put on lug nuts correctly if not they have to fix it anyway \:\)

Nice car by the way!
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#1463133 - 04/30/08 06:05 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: JWhittaker]
markg Offline
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Registered: 10/24/07
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Thanks!

I took the lug nut off and put it back on several times just to make sure it works good.

As far as a place messing it up, I know they are supposed to fix it but that's actually what got me into this mess. A local Discount Tire over torqued it and they had to break it. They tried to get me to pay for it myself but after talking with a supervisor, they assured me they would cover it. But when they found out it would cost upwards of $500 they started back pedaling. I said [censored] it and a very mechanically inclined friend and I did it ourselves. I've never had a bad experience with Discount Tire as long as I've been driving but this was my first time to this new one and needless to say my last.
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#2693745 - 04/08/13 10:37 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
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Registered: 07/08/09
Posts: 164
Loc: New England
I know it is an old post but it is a life saver!

I was just getting my studded rims off for my stock and 1 stud broke on one side and TWO on the other UGH!!!! I thought I was gunna have to limp to a Garage on 3 studs.....
Read this post and used my daughters car to snag 3 studs at advance auto! I wanted more but that is all they had....
Cut the Guide tips off with my sawzall and BAM a little patience and I found the correct angle to get the bolts in.
I used a craftsman ratchet head as the spacer so when the bolt was tightening it grabbed the ratched and just spun with it while pulling the stud in. Using other things that are stationary compresses or tears up the angle lip on the Nuts. After 3 studs the ratchet wont turn by hand haha but still works on nuts... but since it is a craftsman it is lifetime warranty I will just get a replacement.
Thanks for the advice... no way I was paying a garage to take apart the axle to just replace studs....grrrr
I just used a normal hammer to get the broken studs out it worked just fine.


Edited by bspurloc (04/08/13 10:38 PM)
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#2767090 - 10/14/13 12:32 AM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
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Registered: 08/15/04
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Loc: Huntsville Alabamalama
I need to replace a rear wheel stud on my '99 GM. Do I need to remove the parking brake shoes, or are you guys saying there is enough room to get the new stud in if I simply shorten it a bit by cutting the tip off to the threads before inserting? What are the steps? Remove wheel, remove caliper/disc, and then I can get to the stud?

Thanks
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#2767300 - 10/14/13 06:28 PM Re: Rear wheel stud replacement [Re: markg]
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I grinded the tips off. Works just fine; 10,000 miles later im still not dead
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