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Old 04-08-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Crossthreaded wheel studs

yeah I went in for a tire rotation today and the place before me cross threaded the lugs on my studs, they got them on but they said that I would probably need to replace them next rotation, and he said he would do it for 75 an hour with 4 bad studs, so my question is can this be done at my own home? I haven't done the job before so I don't know if there are any special tools required thanks!

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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I have replaced studs on other vehicles, not sure on a Jeep, it's easy though

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure you can do it yourself, but how long ago was it that you took it to the people that cross threaded your lug nuts? Obviously, there's a reason why you're not taking it back to the same place, huh? Shady work?????
I had the exact same thing happen to me, but I was fortunate enough to catch the tire shop's "shady" work a week later. I had only 2 lugnuts actually tight on BOTH rear wheels, and the others were cross threaded and not even threaded on all the way and were not seated into the wheel holes.
I think they just put the lug nuts in the socket, then fed them on to the studs with the impact wrench instead of finger starting them, then using the impact wrench to tighten them down. When you have all that vibration in the impact wrench, you don't even know you're cross threading!!
I'm not sure how to remove the wheel studs, but they got new ones from NAPA.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:55 PM   #4

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Can be done at home with a few simple tools. Fronts are a bit quicker to get to.. rears take a bit more time. Here is a link that gives ya a better idea:

Wheel Stud Replacement - Replacing a Stripped Wheel Stud
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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If you have conical (tapered at the bottom) lug nuts, DO NOT use it to seat the wheel stud into its final position. You can ruin it, and will need to be replaced. Just use a regular Hex Head nut to screw onto the wheel stud in order to seat the stud in its fixed position.
They make a tool that you put over the wheel stud that allows you to use your conical lug nuts to seat the stud, but I don't know what it's called. ANYONE?
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:01 PM   #6
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just avoid using the conical nut to seat them

WHen I had my tires installed it was the first time I let someone install my tires in quite a few years...guess what happend? I went to rotate them last weekend and on the first wheel I found a stud cross threaded, so I stopped. Put it all back together, took it off the jack stands, and took it to that shop Mon AM. to have them rotate and fix all cross threaded bolts. They tried charging me, until I informed them they screwed it up.

I don't like tire shops, esp when the wrench monkey's don't thread the nuts on by hand , and tighten with a special device known as a torque wrench....they usually just zip em on with an impact.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:05 PM   #7
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I'm lucky enough to have a good shop near by. They use a torque wrench to tighten the lugs, and then have a 2nd person come back and double check the torque. Bruces Tire in San Jose. They are on 10th.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:07 PM   #8
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It's stories like these that make me try to do every thing I possibly can myself. Sure that 20 dollar oil change or 10 dollar tire rotation is tempting, but not when I look at the morons that are doing the work at many of shops around.

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