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I am trying to replace a broken lug stud in 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan; front left wheel. Is it possible to do it without removing the hub

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  • Wang Chi May 11, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback! I have replaced studs before but engineers in the past were smart enough to leave a place on the axle assembly to punch out a stud without having to remove the hub. In the end the it was not a big deal, just a lot of hassle for one stud.



    What is wrong with these engineers, have they never done any repairs on their own cars? It must all be a scam to drive business to the dealer service bays... like using Torx head bolts on a starter. LAME!!!

  • Jesse eaton
    Jesse eaton May 11, 2010

    Nope you Need to take the hub off and have the Stud repressed on at your local tire shop like sears or some place those does it near you. The hub is easy to take off. A Chilltons book on your Van or a Haynes book could help also.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    two of the studs are broken and the other for are stripped how do i remove them

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With adrift punch. bang out broken stud from huB. Will take some severe hammerering, so using a heavy short handle sledge is advised. Now place the new stud into the hub hole. Put the lug nut on , TIGHTEN ( preferablly with an air impact gun ) as tight as you can till the stud bottoms out. Then you're done. Hope this helps

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Replacement studs will either machine Press in or "old school" way is to punch out old stud (of course ) install / position new stud into hole - turn lug nut upside down using a lubed washer between hub and nut and slowly tighten w/lug wrench or air impact wrench set to low air pressure so as to prevent twisting off another !
Good luck... hope this helps

Posted on May 09, 2009

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    Mr BrokRench May 11, 2009

    I reckon these young'uns ain't never installed wheel studs Cadman...LOL at go to sears and wait and wait and wait... Sears is probably the ones that over torqued it ...did i mention...wait?

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Not on front wheel drives,the hub needs to be removed to do it.

Posted on May 09, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough May 11, 2009

    Yeah,I agree,They do everything as stupid as possible,We're just lucky they still use bolts and screws and haven't replaced them all with some glue on everything,But it won't be long before that happens,I'm sure.We will have to have the glue chemically removed to remove the part and only the dealers can glue the new one on.

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