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Broke off a nut

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by blacktoy, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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    blacktoy

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    Thought I would ask for your opinion on this. Changed my tires today and a lug (the screw part on the truck) broke off. I have a 5 hour drive tomorrow and would like to know if 5 out of 6 lugs on a rear tire is sufficient. It is going into the dealer Monday to get the differential changed (changed driveshaft last week)...truck is a 2011 with 34000km...did I get a lemon...dont know!

    Should I drive short of a nut:confused::)
     
  2. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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    steve o 77

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    Do not drive it like that IMO.

    Just go to autozone and get a new stud. Easy replacement on those.
     
  3. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    Read your title and thought "jees, that must've hurt"
     
  4. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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  5. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    if you had to drive like that, i wouldn't worry about it, but why not get a replacement and throw it on there?
     
  6. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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    A lot of times its mud and crap on the stud and that messes it up. I always wire brush mine before putting the lugs back on and have had no probs.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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    How do I get it off, it broke off right at the bottom. Is that something I can do myself??
     
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    well it's easy on my first gen, and I would assume it is the same basic design. Hammer the old stud out and press the new one in with a nut and some washers.
     
  9. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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    is it front or rear?
     
  10. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    It is on the rear. I still dont understand how I could get it out. It broke right at the base, cannot thread on it at all....
     
  11. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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    I dont do mud, this is a 4x4 city truck washed every week and I try not to take it out when it rains :)
     
  12. Feb 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    ok you need to pull the drum off. This can be tricky sometimes as they get corroded on. Make sure the parking brake is off and the drum should pull right off. If it doesn't you'll have to press it off using the threaded holes in the drum right around the lug stud area. (basically just find a bolt that fits and thread it into those holes.

    Once the drum is off you will get some kind of punch and hammer the stud towards the vehicle, they are not threaded in, they are pressed into the hub.

    Once it is out simply get the new one, get it in position and press it in using a random nut that fits the stud and a stack of washers if necessary.

    edit: someone please correct this if something is different with 2nd gens.

    edit again:

    here is a pic showing how the studs are pressed in.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. Feb 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    This^^

    As for the guy who it took a week to get replaced, that is absolutely ridiculous. They were just putting it off to do other jobs.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    Easy fix, take off drum, knock it out, tight fit for fingers! Put new one in! Dealer will do for free, but it’s not hard.

    I did it one day with a broken one for practice:p then had Toyota do it.
     
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    you will be fine. Just make sure you torque the rest of the lugs properly and take it easy. re-check the torque a few times during the trip to make sure they are not working themselves loose.

    There are plenty of other vehicles around the same size and weight on the road that only have 5 from the factory.

    replace it as soon as possible when you get home

    edit: I drove a Jeep Cherokee on 4 of 5 lugs on the rear for 20k with no problems (but i don't recommend that)
     
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    don't just try and remove the drum with force

    use the auto adjuster (in back of the drum under a rubber plug) to draw in the pads before removal or you risk the pad pulling with the drum - which leads to ripping the rubber wheel cylinder boot - which leads to a broke down truck with no brakes and a puddle of brake fluid on the ground
     
  17. Feb 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    Good point. In my case they were slightly rusted where they slide over the hub. if the shoes have rubbed a groove in the drums ^^^that can happen if you don't back off the adjustment.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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    before you pull it apart..goto the hardware store and get 2 m8x1.25 bolts to thread into the holes to remove the drum.. makes life simple.. tighten down both equaly and the drum will pop right off
     
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    oh I know :D

    [​IMG]

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    70k and mine were totally toasted
     
  20. Feb 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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    haha that wouldve been more like "tore off a nut". He actually "busted a nut" which isnt normally a bad thing. heh heh

    Back on topic tho, 5/6 should be okay IMO. If one failed lug nut caused a wheel to fall off there would probably be 10 lugs. Just take it easy and get it replaced soon.
     
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