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How To: Replace A Broken Lug Stud (Rear Drum)

Discussion in 'Wheels / Tires / Brakes / Suspension DIY How-To's' started by Szady, Mar 17, 2008.



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  1. Szady

    Szady D-Series Master Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    For some odd reason, I break off alot of lug studs. Ive tried using anti-sieze on the threads, and for some reason they still sieze up. So, while changing one on the rear drum of my Civic, I decided to do a write up. This is pretty much standard for ANY car with rear hubs. Work at your own risk. I take no responsibility for anything you break, or if you injure yourself!!
    Time Needed:
    30 Minutes to an hour (depending on how fast you work, and if you get any stuck bolts).

    Materials Needed:
    Lug Studs (How ever many you need. If ones broken, you need one, ect)
    Lug Nuts (Agian, the amount will depend on how many studs you are replacing)
    Brake Cleaner (Optional)
    Mechanics Gloves (Optional)

    Tools Needed:
    Lug Wrench
    Hammer/Rubber Mallet
    Jack Stand & Jack
    Small Flathead Screwdriver or Chisel
    32mm socket and ratchet

    Heres what we got starting off. A broken lug stud is something you should replace ASAP. You'll be OK driving on it for abit, but if you HAVE to drive on it, take it easy.
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    Ok, to get started, jack up the rear of the car. If your car is auto, make sure its in park. If its 5spd, make sure your in reverse. Once the car is jacked up, secure it with a jackstand. NEVER work on a car with just a jack holding it up. Loosen the lug nuts, and pull the tire off. You'll be looking at something like this:
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    Next, you need to pull the hub cover off. Theres a few ways to do this. If you live in a non-salted area, your most likely going to need to do method one.

    Method One: Take a screw driver, and pry off the cover. You will see where the cover meets the base of the hub. Be careful, and pry it off. If it dosent budge, move onto Method Two.

    Method Two: Take two 8mm threded bolts, and thred them into the two holes in the face of the hub. Keep going, alternating between the two. Eventually, the hub will press itself off the base.

    If you like, it would be a good time to clean up your hub cover and paint it if desired.

    Once the cover is off, you'll be looking at this:
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    Next, your going to pop that little silver cover off. Wedge your screw driver between the cover and the base, and take your hammer and pop the cover off. It make take abit, and if you have to mark/dent up the cover, go ahead.

    Once you get the cover off, you'll find a big nut behind it. This holds the spindle onto the hub.
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    You'll notice that part of the nut is pinched into a slot on the hub. Take either a punch or a pointed tool, and pop it out with a hammer. That way you'll be able to remove that nut.
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    Take a 32mm socket, and remove the nut. Its on there with alot of force, so dont be afraid to put some force behind you to loosen it. Once the nut is removed, slide the spindle off the hub. This is what you should be holding in your hand.
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    Nows a good time to take your brake cleaner, and clean out the hub base. Its not necessary, but it never hurts. Now, you need to remove your broken stud(s). Put it upside down on a soft surface (your tire works good) so you dont ruin the bearing, and hammer out your broken stud(s). Take your new stud(s), and hammer them in from behind. Agian, using your tire is a good way to support the spindle without destroying the bearing inside it.

    New stud:
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    Once your new stud(s) are in, put the spindle back onto the hub, but make you put the retainer washer is in place on the outter side of the spindle. (Sorry, no pics of this retainer).
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    Thread the 32mm nut back into place, and make sure to tighten it really good. What I did, was stand on the ractchet. Thats almost 230lbs of torque. :lol:

    Take your punch/pointed tool, and hammer back in the nut into the notch. It dosent matter if its not in the original location, as long as you notch it into the nut.

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    Take your hub cover, and put it back onto the base. Once I got it into place, I took the hammer and lightly tapped it into place. You should be looking at something like this:
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    Put your tire back on, put your lugnuts on tight, and lower your car. Once the car is lowered, double check to makre sure all your lugs are tight. And boom, your done!!

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  2. Genuine Rolla

    Genuine Rolla Its PETEY PETE, y0! Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    dang..! Good write up bro..!

    :thumbs up

    Top notch stuff. Love the photo's!
     
  3. Matt.

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    nice! Didn't know it was that easy! Thanks for the write up man!
     
  4. cheezeonmakneez

    cheezeonmakneez love unicorns Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Yep nice write up.
     
  5. PhntmSk8r

    PhntmSk8r H23VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    its done, and now only missing the lug nut itself :lol:

    wheres the how to for rear-disc? :P haha i kid, i kid
     
  6. Szady

    Szady D-Series Master Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Yea. Really easy, actually. ;)

    Yea, when pulling the tire off, one of the nuts came off hard. When it finally came off, the threads were all fucked up on the end of the stud, and on the nut itself. So I went to the parts store, and they only had one lug and stud (wtf...?). So I now I need another lugnut. :lol:
     
  7. dank24

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    good to know
     
  8. Evan.

    Evan. iTrader EVERYthing Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Noice, too bad the fronts aren't as easy.. :thumbdown
     
  9. eskateboarding7

    eskateboarding7 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    great writeup! thats gunna help someone.
     
  10. EK|B

    EK|B New Member Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Excellent.
     
  11. LowNotSlow

    LowNotSlow Aqua Teen Christmas Force Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Plus rep man. Nice DIY.
     
  12. 808EK96

    808EK96 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    Nice write up Bro ! Way Easy
     
  13. Evan.

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    ** Moved to suspension archive(s).
     
  14. JohnS.

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    Damn dude. EXCELLENT write-up :thumbs up.

    I'm assuming this write-up applies to getting extended lug nuts as well?
     
  15. Szady

    Szady D-Series Master Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Yep. If you need to get to your studs for whatever reason (replacing broken ones, putting in extended studs, ect.) this will work.
     
  16. vid_man

    vid_man New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    nice write up dude !!! im thinkin about gettin some extended lug nuts thanks to the thread i didnt kno it was that easy
     
  17. Superman5715

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    excellent writeup..... good template for all writeups
     
  18. sundance*kid

    sundance*kid New Member 5+ Year Member

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    whats the differnce between the Fronts????i gotta do that real soon! proally this friday...


    xxGEORGExx
     
  19. Dannyloski

    Dannyloski New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    I got to say this was a very nice write up man and very helpful ... I'm looking forward to the How-To for the Front Studs. I had to replace two on my Front and it wasn't hard, but I'd like to see if there is an easier way ;) ...
     
  20. desimunda

    desimunda New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks, Nice Info

    How would I do this on the front left wheel on a *99CivicLX
     


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