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    How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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 ...
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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Thanks for the reply. Just did step 1, but step 2 is the problem. There isn't enough room to slip the stud in whithout removing the hub or something. I'm wondering what I remove?

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Did a little more research. Looks like I do need to remove the hub (as I feared).
    http://www.justanswer.com/cadillac/2...illac-cts.html

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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.

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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?

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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.

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Hehehe ... was thinking about that but thought that was too much of a ghetto solution (no pun intended), but ok I'll take another look at that ...

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Quote Originally Posted by GT! View Post
    Hehehe ... was thinking about that but thought that was too much of a ghetto solution (no pun intended), but ok I'll take another look at that ...

    -GT
    its called being innovative.

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Job completed Thanks G-Mike!

    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.

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    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...

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    Pic of said hole would be awesome. I know this is late, but I'm having a very similar situation. Innovation definitely saves time. lol

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    Re: How to replace rear wheel stud?

    that is weird.
    I thought I saw an access notch when I replaced the hub on my CTS. You just have to rotate the hub to where the notch and bolt hole match up so you can slide in the bolt

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