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Old 07-17-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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I messed up big time in rotating the tires on my car. I have been getting ready for a big trip which is supposed to start tomorrow and I have done everything to prep the car I planned, and the rotating the tires was last.

So guess what happens. I broke off one of my front right wheel studs. The thing snapped right off with the lug bolt stuck on it tight. I hand tighten them until it gets too hard to hand tighten, then I use my tire iron to tighten them.

The problem is, I put too much torque on the stud, I have foolishly used a 4 way tire iron and I guess I put too much pressure down on the stud. I am pissed at myself to say the least. I would use the tire iron to get it a little tight, then use my torque wrench to 103lbs like it says in the Chilton guide.

I always clean the studs with a wire brush, and then use a can of compressed air before I mount the wheel.

This time the stud popped. It is totally my fault but I really need to fix this because my girlfriend is upset big time as we are supposed to go on vacation tomorrow to Door County.

So Now I need to replace the stud, but I have zero clue how to do this. Are the studs only available at the dealer? Can I get them at O'Reiley or Autozone?

I have never done this job, is it a job a person can do, or do you need the mechanic? Can the studs even be replaced individually or do you need to replace a unit that has all 4 welded onto it?

I am panicking because I worked all day to change my oil, my trans oil, change out my belt tensioner, my idler pulley, cleaned my throttle body, my EGR, changed my coolant, and then to finish it I was to rotate the tires.

Does anyone have a quick and dirty guide how to do this job? Like where to get the parts, how to do it, what tools needed, etc..

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

Strip the wheel down to get the rotor out, hammer a couple times on the broke stud to pop it out of the hub, stick new stud in the hole and use the nut to pull it back into the hub.

These videos suck big time IMO but RichPin doesn't have one
remove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0avY0p0PU4
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

No matter what you have to remove the caliper and rotor. Hopefully the pins aren't corroded/stuck!

It's really best (for the bearing) to press it out. There is a "special" removal tool. I'm not sure if AC or OR carries one, if they do they will loan it, but a strong C-clamp or ball joint press should work as well.

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

Do you guys have a guide ( or a richpin video! ) of how to remove the caliper and rotor on the SL-1 2002? I have never done that before, and my Chilton guide does not seem to cover it all.

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

If you remove the caliper and rotor, you have to take the bolts off for the Caliper Bridge (that the brake pads in place)... they are; I believe 19MM if I remember correctly.

Remove the Caliper and then you will have to pound off the rotor.

I *think* I still have a thread around here about this- as this same thing happened to me a awhile back....

You may need to do a search..

Read through these:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=155081

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...ut+Wheel+Studs

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:42 PM   #6
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

THANK YOU! You saved my life, I hope I can get this work done. I have never worked on the brakes so I need to keep my Chilton manual close and pray I guess.

One question can you use just the new lug nut to 'pull in' the new wheel stud, or so I need to get a sacrificial nut and washer that fits the wheel stud to 'pull' in the new wheel stud?

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #7
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These drawings might help.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:47 PM   #8
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THANK YOU! You saved my life, I hope I can get this work done. I have never worked on the brakes so I need to keep my Chilton manual close and pray I guess.

One question can you use just the new lug nut to 'pull in' the new wheel stud , or so I need to get a sacrificial nut and washer that fits the wheel stud to 'pull' in the new wheel stud?
Exactly. This is what you want to do. Position the wheel hub openings at the 1' O Clock position and then you will be good to go.

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Old 07-19-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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Default Re: Broke off one of my wheel studs. Need help!

Thanks guys, your help was perfect and the job went great!..

but now a new issue has cropped up, and I am sure it is a result of the repair, I probably did something wrong with the brakes when putting them back on. Could you check out my new thread about this new issue?

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=169740

And in case anyone was wondering.. we were not able to vacation in Door County due to these car problems!

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