How to Replace a Wheel Stud on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The most important issue when replacing wheel studs on a Dodge car is to make sure that the stud is drawn completely into the hub. If the stud is not drawn all the way in until it is flush with the hub, it will continue to draw in while driving, which will cause the lug nuts to become loose and fall off, followed by the tire--not a good day. Wheel studs are replaced for several reasons, but the most common reason is that the Dodge car owner lost the key for the locking wheel nuts.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud on a 2005 Dodge Caravan

Raise and support the vehicle on jack stands. Remove the wheel, using the lug wrench. Remove the two bolts securing the brake caliper to the caliper-mounting bracket, using the appropriate socket wrench.

Remove the caliper and suspend it from the coil spring with a suitable piece of wire. Remove the rotor by pulling it off the wheel studs. Knock the bad wheel stud out of the hub, using a hammer to drive it out.

Spread some anti-seize compound on the wheel stud threads. Insert the new wheel stud in the hub.

Apply anti-seize compound to the two washers and install them over the new wheel stud, followed by the open-ended acorn lug nut. Torque the lug nut down to draw the wheel stud into the hub. Continue until the head of the stud is completely flush with the hub. Remove the lug nut and washers. Replace the caliper and wheel in reverse order of removal.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug wrench

  • New studs

  • New lug nuts

  • Spare open-ended acorn lug nut

  • Two washers

  • Anti-seize compound

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet

  • Set of 3/8-inch drive sockets

  • Hammer

  • Piece of wire

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Pontiac Grand Am

Purchase a wheel stud the same size that you have on the vehicle. If you aren't certain what size that is, remove it and take it to the auto parts store so you get a good match.

Check for the jack in the trunk and also get out some blocks. When you replace the wheel stud in your Pontiac Grand Am, you need to block the tire diagonal to the wheel that needs the stud.

Jack up the vehicle and remove the calipers. Lay them on the fender or up on something so they don't hang by the line. Take off the rotor. In the back, you may have drum brakes. If so, remove the drum. You may need to remove the hub so you can clear the flange. Put it in a vise if you do and move to Step 5.

Look for an opening behind the hub. Line the stud up with the notched out area. This allows the stud to clear the hub from the back and makes insertion of the new one easier.

Smack the stud with a mallet to push it out the back. Put the new stud in the same area and manually insert as far as possible.

Put two wheel nuts on the stud and tighten them down. As you tighten, notice that the stud pulls through. Check the back and when the head of the stud is flush with the back you seated the stud.

Reassemble the parts in the reverse order that you removed them after you replaced the stud on your Grand Am. Tighten down the wheel nuts.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a GMC Sierra

Buy a new stud. If you aren't sure of the size, wait until you take it off and take it to the auto store with you.

Check behind the passenger's seat for the jack and jacking tools. If there's a cover, turn the wing nut and move the seat forward to remove it. You'll need the jack to replace the stud in the GMC Sierra. Be sure to block the tire that's diagonal to the jack.

Remove 2/3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder if the stud is on a wheel that has disc brakes. Take of the caliper, hang it from mechanics wire and then remove the rotor. If the back brakes are drum, remove the drum. Take off the hub and put it in a vise. Skip to Step 5.

Look for an opening behind the hub that allows you to easily remove and replace the stud. Line the stud up with the opening.

Whack the stud with a mallet and drive it out the back of the hub. Replace the stud with a new one. Push the stud through the opening in the hub until enough threads show to put on a wheel bolt.

Tighten down a wheel bolt with an impact wrench if you have one. Notice how it pulls the stud through the hub. Add more bolts as necessary. Check the back, and stop when the head of the stud seats against the hub.

Take off the bolts and start to reassemble the parts that you removed to replace the stud in your GMC Sierra. Don't forget to add more brake fluid and bleed the brakes when you're finished.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Nissan Maxima

Buy a new stud. If you are unaware of the size, wait until you take it off and take it to the parts store with you. It's a good idea to inspect the other studs at the same time to see if you need to replace them too.

Look in the trunk to find the jack and tools. The tools are under the carpet in front of the spare and the jack is on the passenger side wall of the trunk inside the jack compartment. Jack up the car.

Take off the wheel. The front and sometimes the back are disc brakes. Remove the caliper and rotor. Take off the parking brake cable in the rear and they're drum brakes; remove the drum. If you must, remove the hub, use a vice to hold it and skip to Step 5.

Look for a clearance behind the hub. If there's adequate clearance, line the stud up with the area.

Hit the stud with a mallet to drive it back through the hub and out of the area. If it doesn't go all the way through, put a narrower rod on the stud and smack it to finish the job. Insert the new stud. Push it through enough so you can thread a wheel bolt on it.

Thread a wheel bolt on and tighten down the bolt with an impact wrench if you have one. As the wheel bolt tightens down it pulls the stud through the hub. You'll need to add extra bolts as the stud comes out further.

Remove the bolts and reassemble the parts that you took off to replace the stud on your Nissan Maxima. Do this in reverse order of disassembly. Put on the wheel and tighten down the wheel bolts.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Nissan Pathfinder

Buy a new wheel stud. You need to get the exact size. If you're unsure about the size of the stud, wait until you remove it and then take it to the auto parts store with you.

Remove the jack and jacking tools from the storage area in the back. You need to jack up the SUV when you replace the wheel stud on your Nissan Pathfinder. Make sure you block the tire that's diagonal to the location of the jack.

Jack up the SUV. Take off the wheel. In the front, you need to remove the rotor and calipers. Do the same for the back, if you have disc brakes there. Remove the emergency brake cable clip if necessary. If you have drum brakes in the rear, take off the drum and skip to Step 5.

Make a notch in the dust shield or see if one already exists. You need a location wide enough to drive the stud backwards, remove and replace it. Line up the stud with the notch.

Hit the stud with a mallet. Pull the stud out the back and insert the new stud in the area.

Put on two wheel bolts to tighten the stud down. Use a torque wrench if you have one. As you tighten the bolts, notice that the stud pulls through. Check back to make sure it seats flush against the hub.

Reassemble all the parts you removed to replace the stud on your Nissan Pathfinder. Tighten down the wheel nuts.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Nissan Altima

Purchase a new stud for the wheel. Make certain that you have the right size stud. If you don't know what it is, wait until you remove the stud and take it to the store with you.

Check in the trunk under the carpet for the jack tools because you need to raise the vehicle in order to replace the stud on the Altima. The tools are next to the spare. Look for the jack access door on the passenger's side of the trunk. Remove the jack and jack up the car. You'll also need to block the tire diagonal to the placement of the jack.

Remove the tire. Take off the calipers and the rotor if the stud is a wheel with disc brakes in order to access the hub. Remove the cable for the parking brakes in the rear. If your rear brakes are drum brakes, remove the drum. You may have to remove the hub if you have no clearance behind it. If you do, go directly to Step 5.

Check for an area at the back of the hub that allows you to remove the stud easily and a new one put back into the area. Line up the opening with the stud that needs replacing.

Place a firm whack on the wheel stud with a mallet so it drives the stud backward out the back of the hub. Put the new wheel stud into the same opening.

Use wheel bolts to tighten down the stud. Put them on the stud with the angle outward and as you tighten these down, they pull the stud through the hole. Check the back and stop when you see the head flat against the hub. Use an impact wrench if you have one, so the job's easier

Take off the bolts. Start the process to replace the parts you took off the wheel. You should change the wheel nut as you replace the stud.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Honda Accord

Look in the trunk under the piece of carpet that covers the spare tire for the spare and the jack. You'll need the jack to replace the wheel stud on the Honda Accord. Don't forget to block the tire diagonal to the area you jack.

Purchase a new stud for the wheel. If you don't know the right size, wait until you can take the stud to the store with you.

Jack up the car and block the tire diagonal to the area that you jack. Remove the tire, then the calipers and the rotor in order to access the hub. The rear brakes can be either drum or disc. If they're drum brakes, you need to take off the hub and put it in a vise.Remove the cable for the emergency brakes, which is attached to the rear wheel, if you need to replace the stud there.

Look for an open space at the back of the hub that gives enough room for you to remove and replace the stud. Line the hole and the stud up so you can remove and replace it easier.

Hit the wheel stud with a mallet to drive it out the back of the hub. Put the new wheel stud into the same opening.

Place two wheel bolts on the stud. Tighten these down so they pull the stud through the hole and makes it seat against the back of the hub. Use an impact wrench if you have one, so the job's easier.

Take off both bolts and start the process to replace the parts you took off the wheel. If you replace the stud on your Honda Accord, it may be a good idea to get a new wheel nut also.

Items you will need

  • Replacement stud

  • Lug or wheel wrench

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Toyota Corolla

Look in the trunk under the cover for the jack and tools. You need to jack up the vehicle when you replace the studs on a Toyota Corolla.

Purchase a new wheel stud the same size as the one you're replacing. If you don't know the size, wait until you remove it and take it to the store with you so you insure that you get the right one.

Jack up the Corolla and block the tire that's diagonal to the placement of the jack. Remove the tire and the brake assembly. If the wheel is in the back, you need to remove the emergency cable and assembly. If you have drum rather than disc brakes, remove the drum. With drum brakes, you may need to remove the hub and use a vise to get the stud.

Check the back of the hub for an open space that gives you more access to remove and replace the stud. Make sure the stud lines up with the opening.

Hit the stud with the mallet so it pushes backward through the opening. Once it's through, slide the new wheel stud into the space to replace it. Push the stud in from the back.

Seat the stud by placing two wheel bolts on the stud on the end closest to you with angled edges outward. Tighten them and, as you do, notice that they pull the stud through the hole. Keep tightening until the stud sits flat against the hub in the back.

Wrap up the job after you replaced the stud on your Toyota Corolla by putting all the parts back on the wheel in the order you removed them. Tighten the wheel nuts down to finish.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Kia Spectra

Find a replacement stud. Sometimes you don't need the size but just the make and model of the vehicle. It's always best to take the stud along if you're unsure.

Locate the jack under the trunk liner of the vehicle. You'll need to jack up the vehicle when you change your wheel stud in the Kia Spectra. As you jack, block the tire that's diagonal to the one that has the broken stud.

Remove the tire. Take off the caliper and lay it aside. Be careful that you don't damage the brake line. Take off the rotor. If the broken stud is in the rear, move the cable for the emergency brakes out of the carrier with vise-grips before you disassemble the other parts. If the rear are drum brakes, take off the drum.

Look for an opening behind the hub. Rotate the hub if you need to line the stud to it. You may need to notch the dust shield. This gives enough room in back to remove the stud and put the new one in the location.

Smack the head of the stud with a mallet to drive the stud out the back. Replace the old stud with the new. Get the stud in as far as you can by hand.

Attach wheel bolts to the stud and tighten them down. Watch the back as you tighten and notice how it seats the stud. Stop when you see the stud's head seated against the back of the hub.

Take off the bolts and replace the parts that you removed. Tighten everything down to complete the job.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Mitsubishi Galant

Purchase a new stud and nut. Inspect the others on the same wheel for signs of wear if you don't know when the stud first received damage. Get more if necessary so you don't have to tear the wheel apart again. If you don't know the size, take the stud to the store with you once you remove it.

Look in the trunk for the jack. You need to get blocks before you jack up the Galant. Block the wheel diagonal to your jack placement. Jack the edge up enough to remove the tire.

Take off the tire, then the calipers and the rotor in order to access the hub in the front. If the rear brakes are drum, take off the drum. If they're disc, use the same process as you would in the front.

Line the stud up with an opening in the back so there is room to both remove and replace it. You may need to remove the hub and insert it in the vise for this step if you have no clearance.

Hit the end of the stud with a mallet to drive it through the hub and out the back. You can insert the new stud in as far as you can by hand.

Thread two wheel bolts onto the stud. As you tighten down the bolts, it pulls the stud through the hole. Watch in the back and when you see the stud seat against the back of the hub, stop.

Put all the parts back onto the vehicle wheel in the order that you removed them. Tighten the replaced the stud in your Galant.

Items you will need

  • Jack, lug wrench and jack tools

  • Blocks

  • Replacement stud

  • Vise-grips

  • Open end wrench

  • Crescent wrench

  • Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet

  • Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts

  • Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench

 How to Replace a Wheel Stud in a Mitsubishi Lancer

Park the Mitsubishi Lancer in a safe working area. Pull the emergency brake out.

Remove the hub cap from the wheel with the broken stud with a flat-head screwdriver. Slide the screwdriver between the rim and the hub cap and pry the cap off the rim.

Slide the end of the lug wrench onto the lug nuts and loosen the lug buts by turning them counterclockwise. Do not remove the lug nuts. Only loosen them.

Jack the area of the Lancer up that has the broken wheel stud and place a jack stand under the nearest jacking point. Then, carefully lower the Lancer onto the jack stand. Leave the jack upright and in place also as a extra safety measure.

Finish removing all of the lug nuts from the wheel with the lug wrench. Place the lug nuts in a safe place and pull the wheel off. Set the wheel down so that it does not roll away.

Locate the brake caliper that is mounted to the side of the brake rotor. Remove the two top and bottom mounting bolts in the rear of the caliper with the ratchet and a socket.

Pull the caliper off the brake rotor and hang it to the nearest component with the bungee cord so that it does not hang from the brake line.

Slide the brake rotor off the wheel hub and set it to the side. Now that the wheel studs are fully exposed, screw a lug nut onto the wheel stud that you want to replace. Screw the lug nut onto the wheel stud until the threads on the stud begin to come out the back of the nut.

Hit the end of the lug nut with the rubber mallet until the lug nut pushes out of the back side of the wheel hub. Remove the lug nut from the wheel stud and pull the wheel stud out from the rear of the wheel hub.

Match the splines on the new wheel stud up with the spline grooves inside of the wheel stud hole on the rear of the wheel hub. Push the new wheel stud into the hole and hammer it into place with the rubber mallet. Make sure that the head of the new wheel stud is flush with the back side of the wheel hub when you are finished. Then, reverse the above steps for putting the brake caliper and the wheel back on.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Pry bar

  • 1/2-inch drive ratchet

  • 1/2-inch drive socket set

  • Bungee cord

  • Rubber mallet

  • New wheel studs

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