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Broken Wheel Stud

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Armkb, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Aug 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM
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    Armkb

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    In all my years of auto repair never broke a wheel stud...until today. Years ago I bought a good Craftsman Digitorque wrench(not a beam type but adjustable) just for this purpose and never ran into trouble till this afternoon. Was changing my oil and rotating the tires for the 10k service. Hand tightened the nuts first...then ran them up to about 35-40 ft lbs then went to do a final torque of 85 ft lbs when I noticed a few of the nuts just kept turning. Wasnt putting a hell of a lot of effort into it. So I loosened the nuts and tried again. This time one stud snapped before I acheived the proper torque value.

    Has any body else had the same problem? Does Toyota use cheap studs, is it common with the 2nd gen...or I should I be looking at a new torque wrench. Also whats involved in replcing the wheeel stud? Does the hub need to be removed or can it be done with the hub on the vehicle?
     
  2. Aug 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM
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    chris4x4

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    You can replace the stud with the hub on the truck. Just knock the old one out, insert the new one, and use a lug nut to pull it through.
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM
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    Just yank the caliper off, rotate the hub so the stud you want to remove is where the caliper was (so it has clearance to come out) then hammer it out.
     
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  4. Aug 15, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    10k miles on an 09 and the studs are breaking? Wow! I would contact the dealer also.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2009 at 7:04 AM
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    Only had this happen when one time I thought to grease the studs. Bad move.

    Re hammering them out - NO! you can damage the wheel bearing from the shock, or damage the hub. We have a cheapie tool store here - Princess Auto. You can get a stud press for about $10. This is like a small heavy duty c-clamp with a split end so the stud can go past it.
    Pulling the stud in - use a wheel nut, and preferably a few heavy washers to take up some of the bolt slack,and spread the force across the washer, vs against the hub.

    Otherwise, what you are doing is dead on.
     
  6. Aug 16, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    Ill look into the tool you are talking about. Looks to be an easy job. Thanks all for your replies.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    On my old honda accord the dealership cross threaded my aftermarket wheel locks and lug nuts. They ended up breaking off 3 lugs trying to get the wheel off. They used heat and a gentle tap of a hammer and they came right out...
     
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    If you're damaging the wheel bearing when hammering out wheel studs then you're hitting way too hard. It doesn't take much force to dislodge them.
     
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    I broke a stud on the front left after ecgs install. I cannot figure out how to get a new one in.
     
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    Have you got the old one out?

    Get the new one started, a touch of lube on the splines. If you can tap from behind that will get it going.

    Put a lug nut on it and pull it through. If the threads don't go deep enough to get it all the way in, put a spacer over part of it, a close fitting thick washer, the lug nut back on and finish it off.
     
  12. May 1, 2016 at 6:38 PM
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    It is the front. I cant see the back where there is one. It looks like it needs to be drilled and tapped.
     
  13. May 1, 2016 at 7:42 PM
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    So you don't have the old stud out nor a new stud in hand, correct?

    If you look at one here you'll see the spline part is what creates the press fit. Drill and tap will ruin things. Only tapping that should be happening is with a hammer.

    Pull off the caliper and rotor. Rotate the hub until the backside of the offending stud is clear, and drive it out with a large punch and hammer. Doesn't take excess pounding.

    Or you can take it to a pro. It's ok to drive it with the remaining lugs holding the wheel.
     
  14. May 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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    id reaplace all the studs that you felt you kept spining.

    Also goes without saying get a new torque wrench... its likely you left it adjusted to a certain ftlbs and that messed the spring up, always undo them all the way.
     
  16. May 2, 2016 at 8:48 AM
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    The dust pan thing looks like it's in the way. I pulled the calipers off and hung with a bungee cord. Looking where that was I cannot see where there are any stud ends. I looks like they are part of the drum.
     
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