Wheel studs are the sturdy threaded steel bolts that hold the wheels in place. Because of the wheel studs' highly innovative design, the wheels are kept tightly and securely clamped in place making it resistant to loosening from frequent wear and tear. And this should be good as no one would want their car's wheels rolling off the freeway just like that. Wheel studs come in two designs: the screw-in and the press-in studs. Newer makes of cars now come with screw-in wheel studs as they are relatively easier to remove. This article is intended to provide instructions on how to remove a screw-in wheel stud.
- Have everything ready and within reach. Removing a wheel stud is fairly straightforward and can actually be done in no time. All you need to do is slam it with good enough force using a sledge or dead blow hammer. But of course, you would not be removing it if you do not intend to replace it with a new one, right? So aside from the dead blow or sledge hammer, have the replacement studs ready, an adjustable wrench, and some spare lug nuts that are used to fasten the wheel studs tightly in case the current ones you're using are extremely worn out and begging for replacement.
- Put some safety gears on. Since you'll be hammering away, it might be a good idea to wear eye goggles just in case metal fragments fly off while you do so. Utility gloves will make your grip much better as well.
- Prep the car for safety. Removing wheel studs involves jacking your car up as you will be working with parts hidden underneath the vehicle. Since this is the case, you will need to have the car parked on an even surface. Have the hand brake settled as well. Mount the car up by positioning at least two jack stands underneath the suspension shaft.
- Prepare the car for the removal of wheel studs. Screw-in wheel studs are installed behind the brake rotors. Since this is the case, some components of the brake assembly have to be undone. Start by unscrewing the lug nuts to slide the wheel off. Hang the caliper assembly onto the arm of the suspension by first loosening the bolts sticking it to the metal plate. Afterwards, slide the metal plate out of its rod.
- Finally remove the wheel studs and replace with fresh ones. You should now be able to see the wheel studs right in front of you. Slam the hammer onto each stud carefully to force it toward the inside making sure that you apply just the necessary force to avoid breaking the studs. Simply jiggle the studs out one by one. Put in fresh wheel studs and use the hammer to force them in if necessary.
- Finish off the job by re-installing the wheels. Firstly, have the brake assembly re-installed making sure that the caliper is snug in its proper position. Put the wheels back on and make sure the lug nuts have been properly torqued.
Now that you've successfully removed your car's wheel studs, you can now drive around your neighborhood. Make sure that you drive at a snail's pace when you do the test drive.