The wheel studs is what your wheels bolt onto, so if they are stripped or broken, replacing them is necessary to ensure a safe drive in the Jeep Wrangler. This guide will show you how to do it.By Bassem Girgis – November 24, 2015
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).
The Jeep Wrangler’s wheels are held in place by wheel studs. The lug nuts go over the studs to hold the wheels in place when you’re driving. Sometimes, these studs could get stripped, it could happen by over-tightening the lug nuts when you’re replacing the tire. The more stripped they are, the less they hold the wheels in place. So whether you do a lot of off-roading or you simply drive exclusively on the road, having sturdy, threaded wheel studs is an absolute necessity in ensuring a safe drive. Read on to learn how you can replace them and install new ones in their place.
Figure 1. Stripped wheel studs.
- Jack and jack stands
- Tire iron
- New wheel studs
Step 1 – Raise car and remove wheel
Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel you will be working on, then raise the car. Secure your Jeep using your jack stands, then remove the lug nuts and wheel.
Step 2 – Remove brake caliper
To remove the caliper, you will need to remove the two rear bolts holding it in place. Use your 18mm socket to remove the two caliper bolts, then remove the caliper. Make sure to not let it hang from the brake line; either set it somewhere safe or hang it from the coil spring using a wire hanger, or something similar.
Figure 4. Remove brake caliper.
Step 3 – Remove brake rotor
Before you remove the brake rotor, remove the rotor retainers. There are little washers that go on top of the studs. Finally, remove the rotor by pulling it out. If you’re having a hard time doing so, tap it with a rubber mallet to get it loose, then pull it straight out.
Step 4 – Hammer out old stud
Use your hammer to hammer out the old stud. Be sure to hit it straight back so it doesn’t bend. Don’t worry about ruining it, as long as you can get it all the way out.
Figure 7. Hammer out stripped stud.
Step 5 – Install new stud
Feed the new stud through, and as soon as it shows on the outside, use one of the lug nuts to help get it through. As you tighten the lug nut, the stud will come through more and more, so be sure it’s going in straight.
Step 6 – Install components
Install the brake rotor in place, then install rotors retainers. Install the brake caliper on top of the rotor, then tighten the two rear bolts using your 18mm socket. Finally, put the wheel in place, hand-tighten the lug nuts, lower the car, and tighten the lug nuts in a star fashion.
Figure 10. Install wheel and tighten lug nuts.