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Well i was bored this early afternoon, so i decided to rotate my tires one last time before I upgrade them.

As I was mounting my last wheel (front passenger side) I was tightening the lug nuts in the criss cross pattern. As I was tightening the 3rd lug nut the whole stud just broke in half and now I'm only a 5 lug. :doh: Half of the wheel stud is still there and the other half is attached to the lug nut.

How bad is it on my truck to drive around with only 5 out of the 6 lug nuts on? The other 5 are carrying the load of the missing 6th, so am I risking sheering off another one before I get it fixed?

Can I replace one stud by itself, or am I going to have to replace all 6 at once? I know GM won't cover this on a warranty, but it still pisses me off that it broke. It's a 2003 with only 27,000 miles on the truck and I was using a lug nut wrench with my hand! No air tools
 

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grab some vice grips and replace the broken one... also i wouldnt recommend any offroading until you get the 6th one replaced. regular driving will be fine.
 

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grab some vice grips and replace the broken one...
I don't quite understand what you mean... can you explain to me in detail how to replace it? Do you mean pull off the whole brake assembly and pull out the stud from the back?
 

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I don't quite understand what you mean... can you explain to me in detail how to replace it? Do you mean pull off the whole brake assembly and pull out the stud from the back?

in this instance dont listen to me, for the only stud ive ever replaced was on a 7 yr old british ford car. :crazy:
 

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I dunno how it is on the new trucks...but on mine, you have to take the hub apart, and strip it all the way to the spindle. If you have some knowledge of your front end, you can prob do it in under an hour. If you do do it yourself, go ahead and press in 6 new ones...they should be $2 or less each. Sorry i can't help you more, but im sure someone like dark eternal could help you greatly.
 

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Yeah, I knew the studs were cheap, but I don't even know where to start as far as taking everything apart. I might as well just take it to my mechanic so it's done right. An hour of labor plus a $2 part = $70
 

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its simple on the front, just pull off the caliper and rotors and the rest is self explanatory. I would replace all 6 for the hell of it, but thats just me. I lost a tire on my old car while driving due to old studs. Speaking of I need to replace them in my 14 bolt, I didnt when I rebuilt it and one is stripped. Im 7 lug right now :crazy:
 

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I busted three off on my old Z, not on the same wheel but I did drive around for a long time on just 5 lugs on each rear wheel. Wouldn't recommend it.

They are super simple to replace. DE explained it pretty good.
Take off the wheel, take off the brake, 2 3/4" bolts I believe. Slide off the rotor and get a punch and knock the old one out of the back and slide the new one in and tighten it down with a stock lug or open ended nut the put everything back together. Prolly should take about 20 mins or so.
Do it yourself and save the 70 bones. :imo
 

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I had the same thing happen. Had to go the dealer, though for the lugs. Not an oddball dia., but the length and the grooves on the locks. Beats me. They were like six dollars each. Have them pressed in. Hammering them from the backside isnt enough. They are a bitch to do. Pretty simple to get out though. Good luck. Hope it all works out.
 

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Todd said:
I busted three off on my old Z, not on the same wheel but I did drive around for a long time on just 5 lugs on each rear wheel. Wouldn't recommend it.

They are super simple to replace. DE explained it pretty good.
Take off the wheel, take off the brake, 2 3/4" bolts I believe. Slide off the rotor and get a punch and knock the old one out of the back and slide the new one in and tighten it down with a stock lug or open ended nut the put everything back together. Prolly should take about 20 mins or so.
Do it yourself and save the 70 bones. :imo

Dont try tightening them to get to seat, you'll strip them or break it off again. Trust me, been there done that.
 

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Thanks everyone, I'll give it a try myself this Friday.
 

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Dont try tightening them to get to seat, you'll strip them or break it off again. Trust me, been there done that.
it also mars the threads up. The best way is to press or hammer them in from the back. Some hammer in better than others. I just press mine
 

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Is there a special tool for pressing it in?

Is it similar to pressing in a ball joint?
 

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Ok, i went to the dealer and bought it, only $4.12 after tax.

I understand how to take the old one out, but how do you exactly press the new one in?

I want to finish this tonight.

Thanks again for everyones help!
 

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jimsbadchevy said:
Dont try tightening them to get to seat, you'll strip them or break it off again. Trust me, been there done that.
Just enough to pull it in all the way. When you put the wheel back on and tighten it down you will be set.
 

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Do i need to be careful when I un bolt the brakes, or is it hard to get back on?

I just want to make sure I'm up for this, before I end up in a bigger mess.
 

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The brakes just have 2 bolts holding them to the hub I think. And I think they are 3/4". Its been a while since I had to do that. Once you get started it will be cake. Very easy just don't let the brake hang by the line, zip tie it up or lay it on your a arm.
 

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It is best to press the studs in. :shake:
 

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Yeah, thanks everyone..

It's getting darker earlier and earlier outside, and my truck doesn't fit in the garage, so i decided to wait. I have the new stud, and i found out my friends dad has done it before and he has a lot more tools than I do, so i'll go that route. I should be back up and running 6 lugs by friday this weekend.
 

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I have had to replace some on my Yukon, I used the method of pulling the new stud through with the lug nut and a few washers in between....Never been a problem.


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