Ram Dakota Wheel Lug Stud Replacement Cost
How Much Does a Wheel Lug Stud Replacement Cost?
Wheel Lug Stud Replacement Service and Cost
Wheel lug studs are large bolts that project from the wheel hub, and allow the wheel nuts, also known as “lug nuts”, to bolt the wheels onto the wheel hub.
Most non-European cars use wheel lug studs, which are pressed into the back of the wheel hub, and project outwards from the outside face of the wheel hub. They serves as the anchor for the wheels to be bolted to. European models use lug bolts, that screw into the wheel and wheel hub from the outside, and pinch the wheel to the hub.
Driving a vehicle missing a wheel lug stud can be dangerous, and is not typically recommended. A vehicle missing one lug nut will, in all likeliness, safely drive to a repair facility, however, there is an increased chance that the other wheel lug studs will fail due to overloading.
Wheel lug studs are broken every day, but normally because of overtightening, rust, or vandalism. The chances of a wheel stud randomly becoming an issue are slim to none until the vehicle is will into high mileage. In location where the roads are salted, the studs may rust and break more frequently.
Wheel Lug Stud Replacement Repair Information
When the wheel is inspected, or removed, the studs must be inspected for presence and condition. Checking the back of the hub to ensure the heads of the studs are in good condition will allow the servicing technician to determine if the studs are safe to re-use. Also, wheel lug studs are considered serviceable, and may be recommended in factory maintenance at a specified mileage.
Wheel lugs are replaced by pressing the old wheel lug out, and pressing the new stud in. However, getting to the stud is another story. On brake rotors with hub assemblies attached, the wheel, brake caliper, brake caliper mounting bracket, and brake rotor/hub assembly would be removed, and the studs replaced. Bearings would be cleaned, inspected, and repacked prior to installation with the rotor and hub assembly. The brake caliper and its’ mounting bracket will be installed, and cleaned, and the wheel lugs will be torqued once the wheel is installed. For sealed wheel bearing and hub assemblies, the wheel, axle nut, brake caliper, brake caliper mounting bracket, brake rotor, and CV axle are removed. This provides clearance to remove the hub assembly, and replace the wheel studs. Everything removed is reconstructed in reverse order of operation, and the wheel lug nuts and axle nut torqued to their specifications.
We recommend using OEM or equivalent wheel studs. These are an economical part to splurge on if better options are available.
Wheel studs should be tightened exactly to manufacturer specification every time they are tightened. Simply twisting the bolt on “good and tight” or “pretty good” are only accepted in an emergency.
For the experienced DIYer, this would be a fun project that you may only get to do once. Removing the brake components is not very tricky, since nothing should be adjusted. This does involve raising and supporting a vehicle, and deconstruction of several braking system, driveline, and suspension components. No specialty tools are usually required, and on some vehicles rotating the hub to the proper position will allow access to change the wheel stud on the vehicle.