Monday, September 17, 2012

Wheel Stud / Lug Replacement

Went to swap wheels/tires on the front of the car this morning... a quick 10 minute job.  However, one of the driver side lug nuts was not wanting to come off.  It was binding up, so I knew it was destined to break.

 

The factory rotors are held in place by 2 recessed screws from the factory, which require more then a regular screw driver to remove.  I picked up an impact screwdriver to get them off, but it didn't work on one of them.  I had to use my impact hammer to work it out. 

 

I used a hammer to pop the old stud out, which wasn't too bad.  Now the fun part... Apparently Honda decided that to replace the lugs, you have to pull the entire hub.  In order to keep from having to do that, I flattened one side of the head of the new stud and was able to work it into place without any damage.   

I then used some heavy washers and the lug nuts to pull the new stud into place squarely.

Was still about a 2+ hour process from start to finish... although if I had to do it again, and didn't have to run and get a tool and lug, I'm sure I could do it all in about an hour or less.

Comments

1. Alan Olender said...

I have a 2009. Same issue. Can't remove lug study because not enough clearance between back of hub & bearing housing. How did you get your studs out?

2. Ken said...

Hey Mike, saw your post but the pictures are no longer loading. Any chance you could reup the modifies stud pic?

3. Keith G. said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I just got done replacing 2 studs on my '08 Fit (1 driver side, 1 passenger side). Dealer wanted $300 PER HUB + parts cost. An hour and a half of my time saved me $600! :)

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