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How to replace rear wheel studs on a 2004 KIA spectra?

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If this vehicle has drums, remove the tire, remove the drum and use a 2.5lb hammer to knock the stud (I assume you mean lug nut bolt) from the front to the back. Hit this solidly and hard as if you use a lot of little taps you will likely mushroom the end and never get it out. These are pressed in but can be removed without a press and put in without a press. If you have disk in the back the concept is the same but you will have to press them in and out so you don't damage the disk itself. If you are actually talking about the lug nuts because one is locked on either from damage, weather or a locking lug and you no longer have the special key to remove it, the process gets a little harder. Essentially you have to figure out a way to cut it off or work it off. There used to be a wrench on the market that essentially worked on any kind of a nut regardless of the damage to the nut because it used the force you applied to break it free in order to grab the nut through a pinching action. As an alternative you can try using a set of vice grip pliers, if you try this make sure you have Craftsman, Snap On or Thorsen tools so if it breaks you can get it replaced for free. If it's the locking lug your going to have to knock the special cap off and find a way to lock onto the smaller nut. If it is rust locked or Locked on because of damaged threads try lock free spray lubricant, WD40 or a small propane torch to loosen the the bolt through expansion.

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  • James Young Mar 12, 2011

    if this vehicle has drums, remove the tire, remove the drum and use a 2.5lb hammer to knock the stud (I assume you mean lug nut bolt) from the front to the back. Hit this solidly and hard as if you use a lot of little taps you will likely mushroom the end and never get it out. These are pressed in but can be removed without a press and put in without a press. If you have disk in the back the concept is the same but you will have to press them in and out so you don't damage the disk itself. If you are actually talking about the lug nuts because one is locked on either from damage, weather or a locking lug and you no longer have the special key to remove it, the process gets a little harder. Essentially you have to figure out a way to cut it off or work it off. There used to be a wrench on the market that essentially worked on any kind of a nut regardless of the damage to the nut because it used the force you applied to break it free in order to grab the nut through a pinching action. As an alternative you can try using a set of vice grip pliers, if you try this make sure you have Craftsman, Snap On or Thorsen tools so if it breaks you can get it replaced for free. If it's the locking lug your going to have to knock the special cap off and find a way to lock onto the smaller nut. If it is rust locked or Locked on because of damaged threads try lock free spray lubricant, WD40 or a small propane torch to loosen the the bolt through expansion.

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