Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, How to replace rear wheel stud? in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Doing seasonal tire changeover a stud snapped. They were all way too tight - new winter tires & wheels installed ...
Doing seasonal tire changeover a stud snapped. They were all way too tight - new winter tires & wheels installed by a shop. Anyway, I'm able to get the stud out easily enough, but looks like I need to remove some more things if I want to have enough room to insert the replacement one (the old one came out easily enough because it is about half the length of a proper one). What do I need to remove? If I need to remove that centre nut and remove, does anyone know the size? My largest socket is 32mm and that isn't quite big enough. Pics attached ... DSC02428.JPG DSC02431.jpg
Step 1: Get the new stud from an auto store
Step 2: insert stud into the hub
Step 3: find a nut or something with a big enough opening to fit over the stud so that it slids over it and down to the hub
Step 4: put the lugnut on
step 5: use an impact wrench to tighten the lugnut down on the bigger object you used and do so until the stud is pulled into place
lift both rear wheels off the ground so you can rotate the hub, if you look at where the hub mounts to the spindle(i think its called) there is 3 bolts, its sort of a triangle pattern, so between 2 of the bolts on 1 of the sides of the triangle section you should have more space, you will probably have to have the stud on a angle as you slip it in, but it should fit.
on my truck there was only 1 spot you can feed the studs through and it was close but fit.
although i do remember soeone else on here in the same situation as you he was having trouble changing the stud as well.
That's what I was looking/hoping for G-Mike, but couldn't find anywhere that seems to have more room. There is a full circular metal shield behind (I guess because of the e-brake shoe, which I've removed so you don't see it in my pic), so even between the triangular openings the shield is there preventing me from getting the stud in. Right now it isn't even close ... not just a question of missing a little space. The shield is sandwiched between the hub so it can't be removed without removing the hub.
Will I need to buy/rent a hub puller to get it off or do they typically come off easily enough?
is it just the dust shield in the way??? dude honestly if its just the tin shield stopping you take a drill to it..30 seconds and you are done, that shield isnt that big of a deal if it has a small hole in it, hell my trucks are rusted right through and have multiple holes in them.
It was still pretty tight ... had to drill through a bit of the flange as well to allow the stud to drop in straight. The best spot (most space) was on the top side - at least that made it easy to work on. At one point I thought it wasn't goint to work, but a little banging to force it and I was in business. No trouble at all pulling it flush to the hub - just tightened a lug nut against a washer and it slid into position without too much of a fight.
pics of the "access hole" lol
good job man, i would have totally just drilled the dust shield too. when you start taking more and more apart you have a higher risk of damaging other parts. i know my axle shaft threads are rusted and i bet if i ever have to replace a rear hub ill have to change the axle shaft too.
i covered them in rust proof oil and then thick grease to prevent further damage...