View Full Version : Emergency : Broke the wheel stud

12-21-2004, 07:34 PM
Guys, please help me. :confused:
I just broke a wheel stud from a front wheel of my Camry.
It's now riding on 4 studs.
From what I understand, the car is hubcentric,
so, should i got it replaced ASAP or is it OK?
(I'm going to drive 400 miles tomorrow)

If I choose to replace it, is it DIY job?
Is there any special tool needed?

Thanks for any help guys.

12-21-2004, 07:58 PM
It's probably ok to drive with 4 studs, but I can't recommend that.
To replace it, just get a new stud, hammer out the broken one and hammer in the new one. If you don't want to do it, any shop can do that quickly.


12-21-2004, 10:06 PM
I drove with 4 studs for about 2 months with my Celica. It didn't hurt it from what i could tell.

It is easy to replace.

-Beat the stud out with a hammer.
-Then insert the new stud.
-You can either try pounding it in (brass hammer if possible), or do what i do and just get a large wrench and use the nut to pull it through.

The second way is a lot easier but just be careful not to overtighten. Go back the next day and recheck the torque (90 ft/lbs).

Done :D

12-22-2004, 12:14 AM
All right guys. Thanks for the replies.
I bought a stud and lug nut from Autozone.
Tomorrow, I will try to take it out.
Any caution when hammering the old one out
or press the new one in?

12-22-2004, 12:28 AM
just make sure it goes in straight. and dont cross thread the nut.

12-22-2004, 02:14 AM
ok...I do these all the time at work, except i have air...the best way to do it is like they said, hammer out the old on...easy just wack it till it comes out, they usually pop out rather easy...then put the new one into place put a couple of large washers on then put on your lug nut and tight till you can see that the back is seated fully...then remove the lug nut and washers and install the wheel.

12-22-2004, 11:14 AM
not sure about the camry, but on the celicas theres only one spot where you can pop the studs out. there is about a 1" gap in the mud guard for the brakes, so find that, rotate your broken stud so that it lines up with that spot, then proceed as said. my studs were pretty well stuck in there tho, so it might take some effort to pound it out.

12-22-2004, 06:37 PM
OK Guys, I got it out using hammer, not too difficult.
But pull it it using a lug nut and wrench was PITA.
(I don't have air tools)
I managed to strip metal on the lug nut but fortunately,
I bought couple extra of them.
By the way, there is a notch on the dust cover plate for
replacing the stud like you guys said.
I have to start the car to align the hub to the notch
(I have auto tranny) Doing that, I pressed the brake pedal.
So, I ended up borrowing a C-clamp from my neighbor to squeeze the piston back.
Anyway, Thanks again for all the replies.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone.

12-23-2004, 02:16 AM
glad to see you got it done congrats...