Replacing the front wheel studs?

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RALPH OCASIO
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  • 2000 HONDA CIVIC
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How do I replace the front wheel studs?
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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 AT 6:05 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi Ralph Ocasio,

If you can get the studs, it is not necessary to replace the hub and bearing assy.

Here is a video of the job being done on a similar car

https://youtu.be/LSZ8P0wrQX8

Remove the brake caliper assy including mounts and take out the rotor. Knock the stud in to get it out, they are pressed in from behind.

If you have difficulty getting the studs in, you need to remove the driveshaft nut and use a puller to get the hub loose for clearance. When retightening the driveshaft lock nut, make sure the hub is seated fully, if not the bearing would give way shortly. Tighten and loosen a few times to be sure.

After putting in new studs, use a nut to tighten from the front to press the stud firm.

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers
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Thursday, June 26th, 2008 AT 2:53 PM
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ZMAN524
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Two of my studs on my front driver side wheel have broken off. I have replaced a rear stud before and thought that I could replace the front. But when I pulled the wheel off and the brake assembly, there was another plate there that I could not get off. How do I replace the studs on the front wheels?
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Unfortunately you have to remove the hub to remove and replace the front studs.

Some guys actually grind the face of the stud down a bit to make it fit. I do not recommend this however.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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YOUNGNAT
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After swapping wheels on his car, a friend of mine forgot to tighten the lug nuts on one of his front wheels causing it to fall off while driving and snapping a lug stud. He has a 2001 Honda Civic LX and I was wondering how we would replace the stud without having to take it into a shop. I have the parts, tools, and knowledge to do so. I just want to make sure everything goes right. I don't know the steps to replacing the stud and everyone is telling me two different things and so I don't know what to believe.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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HOMER1967
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Jack the car up and make sure that it is well supported with jackstands remove the wheel, remove the caliper, caliper bridge and rotor. Then turn the hub to the point where you have the most rome behind it and knock out the old stud with a hammer of a hammer and punch, then start the new stud thru the hole as far as it will go and you can use a large nut or a few large washers to put over the stud first then install the lugnut and put a impact gun on it and tighten it till it is all the way in. There is a tool and a tool kit for doing this, but it can be done with almost any right sized spacer, such as a few flat washers or a big nut or a race.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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DONNIE EUSEBIO
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How to replace a wheel stud on the front wheel
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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KHLOW2008
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Hi donnie,

Removal is easy, just tap it out.

Installation would be a problem as new one would be too long to fit in. You need to unloosen the CV joint nut and pull the hub out slightly.

Of course brake rotor must be removed.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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CAPTRICH18
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Tires and Wheels problem
1995 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

How do I change the front left wheel studs? My wife got a flat in front of an oil change place and the tech over tightened the lugs with the air ratchet. I was told by a honda tech that if I ground down one side of the new stud it would go in. Try as I might this didnt work with out severe damage to the new stud. I now have the entire arm with the hub off the car and it looks like it will press out back to front. Please advise
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yes you can grind down 1/3 of the stud and it should slide in.

This is NOT recommended and does compromise the stud. However, it can be done if you do not wish to remove the hub.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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SGTMAJOR
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1995 Honda Civic Ex - broken wheel studs on right front.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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Remove the wheel. Remove the cailper and the rotor. Pound out the studs and use an installer for pulling through the new studs. You may have to grind off a flat spot on the new ones to get them into the hub.

Make sure you torque the wheel when completed.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
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SGTMAJOR
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I cant hammer out the broken ones because they hit the hub and it doesnt look like there is alot of clearance to get the broken ones out and the new ones in?
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Move the hub around so you can get some clearance to remove. Otherwise, the hub would have to be removed.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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How do you remove the hub?
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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The axle nut has to be removed, the upper and lower ball joints broken free. The outer tie rod end broken free and then the hub has to be pressed out of the bearing.

I would let a shop look at it first as we have no issues replacing them with it all together.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Loosen the axle shaft nut and use a slide hammer to pull the hub out for additional clearance to remove/install the stud.

Care has to be taken while tightening the axle nut as improper handling can and will damage the wheel bearing.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thanks Roy, you just confirmed what I already knew!But some people need more than one persons opinion! Thanks again
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 AT 11:03 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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If you take the knuckle out, you are going to have problem getting the hub pressed out.
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