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Old 03-21-2012
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Wheel studs loose and im in trouble

got to school today and noticed a lugnut looked like it was almost hanging off, after getting a closer look all 5 lug nuts can be turned by hand, i got my 4 way to try and tighten them and they just spin and they are backed off enough i can see the stud spinning with the lugnut so i know its not just stripped, its already destroying my DC2s, how am i going to get it tighted when i cant even remove the lugnuts to get the wheel off? not to mention i dont feel safe driving it home... i love my truck but im seriously thinking bout getting rid of it, its given me nothing but problems, i mean i just replaced the bearings and now this
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Impact should take them off so you can replace the studs.
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im kinda at school and dont exactly have an impact, ill see if my buddy has an attachment for his air compessor, and can i press them back out temporarily?
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do you have basic hand tools ie: ratchet and sockets? If so go pick up some studs and a bunch of washers. pound out the old studs. put the new one in place put the washers on the stud and put the lug nut on and tighten. this will pull the stud in a mesh into its splines
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i cant even get the lug nuts off, i think ive got a dremel and cutting wheels in the truck along with a 4 way screwdrivers and probly a cresant wrench and pliers not sure if i can cut them off and temporarily save the studs, im not worried but harming the lug nuts ive got a whole spare set but i need to be able to get the truck home to work on it
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2wd or 4x4? if your a 2wd, pull the entire hub off with the rim and take it home. or just drive her home, as long as you have atleast 2 bolts tight or close to it you'll be fine.
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Don’t attempt to tighten the lugs, just split the Lug Nuts and replace with new Lugs and Nuts.
Not much else you can do, basic tools can do it after you split the nuts… lol

IMHO… DO NOT DRIVE WITH ONLY TWO LUG NUTS, three maybe but two is not securing the rim enough.
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If those studs are loose, they have probably damaged the spline area of the hub. I had the same problem. I purchased new studs, part #DOR 610-396. They are .05" larger than original, plus the spines go farther down the shaft.
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