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Replacing a Stripped Wheel Stud

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Preparation and Tools
Some wheels require longer wheels studs.

Buy your new wheel stud before you start.

photo Roy Bertalotto
Level of Difficulty: Novice

Tools You'll Need:

  • A Replacement Stud!
  • Lug wrench
  • Open end wrench
  • Crescent wrench
  • Dead blow hammer
  • Impact wrench (if available)

A wheel stud that is damaged or stripped can be dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible. As long as you have a reasonable level of auto repair ability it should be no problem. This tutorial covers vehicles with disc brakes. If your car has drum brakes in the rear you can't use this method.

Before you begin, be sure to have the proper replacement wheel stud on hand if possible. If you can't be sure, be sure you have a ride to the auto parts store so that you can take your old stud in for comparison.

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