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Sheered off stud. Easily replaced or whole new wheel hub assy?

I sheered off a stud on the front wheel. Can this be easily replaced or does it require a whole new wheel bearing/hub assembly?

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  • CarySchroeder May 11, 2010

    Can be replaced, but not sure of how on that vehicle. May need to have access to a press. Will need to remove the entire hub from the vehicle most lickely. I have used a c-clamp to remove a stud before, but was not easy.

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Should be able to have the peice of stud that is left in the tire taken out and a new stud pressed in!!

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