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Old 04-24-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Help with rear wheel stud replacement!

Ok guys, here's the deal -

All of my wheel studs seem to go bad. I've replaced some front studs several times without any major problems. Well, today two rear studs seized while putting on some new tires. Fine, I looked up the scoobymods instructions for changing out the rear studs and went to work.

Wheel off, caliper off, uh oh.

The rotor was on there pretty good so I snagged an 8mm bolt from the front subframe and put it in the empty threaded holes to pop that sucker off. After a couple of turns, the bolt broke away from the hole and backed out, taking some rotor material with it. WTF! I pried the bolt out and the end was flattened. The rotor didn't budge.

Now what the hell am I supposed to do? I put everything back together and will probably take it to Subaru Dallas and pay $100/hr x 2+ hours for a 30 minute job. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

The bigger question is - how often is everyone changing out their wheel studs? Is there an aftermarket stud/bolt combo that doesn't misthread after a couple of years of use?

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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You made sure to release the parking brake before trying to remove the rear rotor, right?

I've had the same wheel studs since day one, all I do is take a wire brush to the threads every time I rotate or swap wheels. I always start the nuts by hand, then use a torque wrench to tighten them. Not sure how you are going through studs so often, unless you are cross threading the nuts on with an impact gun.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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You made sure to release the parking brake before trying to remove the rear rotor, right?

I've had the same wheel studs since day one, all I do is take a wire brush to the threads every time I rotate or swap wheels. I always start the nuts by hand, then use a torque wrench to tighten them. Not sure how you are going through studs so often, unless you are cross threading the nuts on with an impact gun.
Yep, I released the parking brake. Luckily, I'm not that dense. I'll try the wire brush. I always start the nuts by hand, too. And I'm careful with placing the wheels without flattening the stud threads.
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