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Honestly this is the best way to replace wheel studs without power tools.

Old 09-16-2015, 10:24 PM
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Default Honestly this is the best way to replace wheel studs without power tools.

I had the great misfortune of snapping off two of my wheel studs when first working on my Scion xB (2010). I didn't have any power tools like an impact driver...oddly enough since I just moved I didn't have any washers in town either.

I had an incredibly difficult time keeping the whole thing from rotating and trying to tighten the stud into place so it is flush.

No where to jam a wrench into. Not enough arm/leg strength to hold a wrench in between two studs myself. Car couldn't get high enough where I could put a wheel under it and jam a wrench down into the wheel to keep it from rotating. I've seen all the cool kid tricks on youtube.

I spent a good 1-2 hours dying trying to put in a wheel stud by hand with what I had. I destroyed a new one in the process which was heart breaking...The hardest part was stiff arming any leverage to keep it from rotating as you tighten...

So I devised the perfect contraption and once I figured that out each wheel stud took 2 minutes if that.

This is the front left of a 2010 Scion xB

The trick and really the KEY to it all is to put a metal bar into the lower caliper bolt spot (I used an extension for a ratchet). Followed by a wrench or in my case a breaker bar. For safety reasons you have to put in two lug nuts to keep the breaker bar from sliding out and potentially popping you in the face or just ruining it in general. Then you have two wrenches behind the lug nut. If you have washers thats even better...I didn't but I had a full wrench set.

Needless to say the extension bar stops the wheel as you tighten your wheel stud into place...works flawlessly. Then you just pull out that extension bar, rotate the breaker bar up an inch and slide the bar back into the whole so you can reverse it and remove your lug nut that just helped get your wheel stud into place.

I didn't see this type of attempt in my research. I figured if one person sees this and can do it with minimal tools then that's great.


Last edited by rvascion; 09-16-2015 at 10:25 PM. Reason: added a link to the photo as well
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