How to Remove Wheel Studs on a Kia Spectra

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How to Remove Wheel Studs on a Kia Spectra
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The wheel studs on Kia Spectra models are the main component that holds the wheels onto the hubs. The wheels are connected to the wheel studs by the lug nuts. Over time, some wheel studs will wear out and crank. Once the wheel stud cracks, the pressure of the car will cause the wheel stud to completely break. It is very important to inspect the wheel studs every time that you rotate the tires on a Kia Spectra.

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Lug wrench
  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • Sockets
  • Allen wrenches
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hand-held sledgehammer

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  1. 1

    Park the Kia Spectra on a level surface and shut the engine off.

  2. 2

    Jack the car up and place the jack stands under the frame rail of the car. If the broken wheel stud is on the rear axle, place the jack stands in front of the rear tires on the frame rail of the car. If the broken wheel stud is on the front of the car, place the jack stands behind each front tire on the frame rail of the car. Lower the car onto the jack stands.

  3. 3

    Remove the wheel that has the broken wheel stud. Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench. Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise to loosen and remove the lug nuts.

  4. 4

    Slide then wheel off of the wheel studs. Then locate the two caliper mounting bolts that are holding the brake caliper in place. There is one mounting bolt at the top of the brake caliper and one mounting bolt at the bottom of the brake caliper. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts with either a 3/8 inch drive ratchet and socket or the proper size Allen wrench. Turn the mounting bolts counter clockwise to loosen and remove the bolts from the caliper.

  5. 5

    Pry the brake pads away from the brake rotor with a flathead screwdriver. When you pry the brake pads, the caliper cylinder will compress and give you room to pull the brake rotor off the brake rotor.

  6. 6

    Slide the brake caliper off the brake rotor from the top. Brace the brake caliper so that it is not hanging by the brake line. Slide the rotor straight off the wheel studs.

  7. 7

    Hit the broken wheel stud squarely on the centre of the stud with the hand-held sledge hammer. Keep hammering the wheel stud until it comes out of the rear of the wheel hub assembly. Remove the wheel stud from the rear of the wheel hub assembly.

  8. 8

    Adjust the new wheel stud so that the splines on the new stud match up with the grooves inside the wheel stud hole. Hammer the wheel stud into the hole from the rear of the hub assembly until the head of the wheel stud is flush with the rear facing of the wheel hub assembly.

  9. 9

    Slide the rotor back onto the wheel studs. Then slide the brake caliper over the top of the rotor. Screw the two mounting bolts into the brake caliper and tighten the bolts down with either a ratchet and socket or an Allen wrench.

  10. 10

    Slide the wheel back onto the wheel studs and tighten down with the lug wrench. Jack the Kia Spectra up and remove the jack stands. Lower the car back to the ground.

Tips and warnings

  • You may have to remove the metal guard from the rear of the wheel hub assembly to get to the rear of the wheel stud to hammer in place.
  • Always wear safety glasses when using a hammer.

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