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Damn wheel nut studs! How do I replace them?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Pookster, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. Pookster

    Pookster 1/2 ton status

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    Well, ti seems I have a little bit of problem on my hands....

    When I bought my truck one nut was missing. No big deal, except it rusted over. Taking the threads with it. *grumble*

    Ok, 5 out of 6 aint too bad, right? It gets worse!

    So taking the tire off to do a routine check of everything, I seem to have cross threaded one of the studs (air tools!), .. so now Im down to 4! Yeah, since I !@#! up anyways, I just torqued it down. :)

    Ok, here's my question, I got two replacement studs (and new nuts to boot)... Do I have to remove the hubs and the center cap, remove the rotor, THEN hammer out the stud? or is there something else I can do?
     
  2. laketex

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    yep, ya gotta take off the rotor, hammer them out and then tap them back in. I changed all 32 of mine when we rebuilt my axles...

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  3. BLUESMAN

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    Yeah, you know what you got to do!.I know of no short cuts on the front.The rears you could just remove the drums and insert the new studs and tighten the AS## out of them.You well as repack your hubs while you're doing the fronts!

    Help!!! I've fallen and I can't get it up!
     
  4. Pookster

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    Darn it. oh well, there goes another saturday afternoon. :)

    Whats the torque spec for the hub nut? (and the hub allen bolts?)
     
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    Like everyone said before me, you have to pull out your hub, take the disc off, and pound them out. Make sure you use a good penatrating lube on them, it will make it a lot easier. When you install th new studs just put them in a little and put some washers and a nut with a flat bottom(not the cone type) and use your air tools to pull it in. It worked great for me. Also pay attention when you are taking apart your hub so you know how it goes back together. wouldnt hurt to replace your wheel bearing with you are in there either.

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