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Old August 19th, 2003, 06:45
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Wheel Stud Replacement

My good buddies at the tire shop cross threaded a lug nut and rammed that baby on with their 2000 ft-lb air wrench. When the next poor chump (me) took that wheel off the lug wrung off so now there is just a broken stub. So the Einsteins at the tire place are saying 'don't worry, we'll take care of you.' I say 'YOU'VE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF ME.' Thanks very much. So I am wanting to just fix it myself and I have a couple of questiones:

1. Removing broken lug seems straight-forward enough. Just drill it out, right? If I have to, nibble it away with a dremel tool. Is there a better way?

2. Can I 'press' the new stud in by just pulling it into position by tightening a nut on the wheel side? I would imagine a beefy washer under the nut to spread the load would be good. Is this a practical approach to installing the stud?

In an ideal world I guess the most correct method would be to pull that axle out and do both operations with a press. I just want to do it on the vehicle. Hope this question is not so simple that I am insulting anyone's intelligence out there. I am just wanting to get my XJ fixed right and I will do it in my driveway if I can. TIA for all suggestions..................
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Old August 19th, 2003, 06:51
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No need to remove the axle. Some have pounded out old studs but I think that can cause internal damage. Drill is better.

You're on the right track on setting the new one. I would use two washers, with anti-sieze between them so they can slip. Get an old open lug nut and reverse it, or any standard 1/2-20 nut, so you have a flat surface bearing on the washers rather than a taper. Be sure the splines are lined up before you start pulling it through.

This is why I never let shops take my wheels off. One of the advantages of having an MJ is that I can toss a set of wheels in the back and take 'em down loose. This also saves arguments about "We can't put that size tire on a Cherokee."
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Old August 19th, 2003, 06:56
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Thanks Eagle - You Da Man !!

I just don't want to screw it up. Thanks for the advice.
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Old August 19th, 2003, 12:29
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Front or rear? It really does matter!
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Old August 20th, 2003, 04:21
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REAR - 8.25 Chrysler

Sorry Ghost..... yep it's the left (driver's side) rear. Gonna do it this weekend.
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Old August 20th, 2003, 05:54
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Ok that should not be bad then. The front however can be a bear. I had to pull my hub out a little to get the new stud in. What I did was put an old lug nut on it and knocked it out with a rubber mallet. But mine was broken not cross threaded.
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An impact chisel may be of some use in removing the old stud.
one of my favorite tools
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