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Gen6 Wheel Stud Removal by Toyota Mechanics

Do Toyota mechanics have a special tool to remove broken wheel studs or do they just pound them out? OR remove the hub and press them out (expensive/more labor).

I have a broken stud and wanted to do it myself, but when I Googled how to do it, I found a couple people that said to use a C-clamp to press it out or steering knuckle remover (same concept as the C-clamp). These guys said if you hammer it out, it will damage the bearings pressed into the back of the hub.

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The safe way would probably be using a C-Clamp-like device and a impact gun. The "cheap" way is to use a big hammer and PB Blaster and pound away.

What I would do assuming I have space I would be to use
  • Heavy duty C-clamp with a hex head instead of a T-bar for use with a impact gun
  • Heavy duty and "large" socket
  • PB Blaster

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Just smack them out with a hammer. There's no special procedure or anything.
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I've always smashed mine out with the 4lb hammer. Never had to replace a wheel bearing on my own cars in my life. It's probably better to press them out, but it's not the end of the world to use a hammer.
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I've always smashed mine out with the 4lb hammer. Never had to replace a wheel bearing on my own cars in my life. It's probably better to press them out, but it's not the end of the world to use a hammer.
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Removing wheel stud with a hammer could very well cause brinelling of mounted race. I would try to press it out.
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1. is it front or rear?
2. I always hammered them out, never had any journals go bad. And I broke my share of studs through the years. Then pulled them in with open end wheel lug.

3. Yet, question is - can you actually remove the stud? Toyota front end tends to have bearing blocking the studs from behind and you can NOT remove a single stud, entire bearing has to be replaced. Fortunately, they are not that expensive. That's if you were lucky and bearingis not frozen into the hub.


Though it appears you are lucky...





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Thanks to all that responded, your views are greatly appreciated. To answer ukrkoz, it is the front end I needed fixing. I tried to use a C-clamp with a 19 mm socket over the back end but as ukrkoz noted, the axle bearings ARE blocking the studs so the socket wouldn't lay flat, BUT there is a small divot in the bearing housing that is lined up with a cutout on the dust shield to remove the stud. I could see a broken stud fitting in that space, but not a full length. Sorry I didn't take pictures when I had the chance I also tried a tie rod end tool but the bolt contacting the broken stud would slip off when torquing the tool.

I was too chicken to hammer it out myself so I ended up taking it to a local Goodyear chain and they hammered it out. I asked how much they would charge to take it out by removing the hub and it was 3x the cost of hammering it out. I watched the tech do it and it seemed he didn't have to hit it very hard. BTW, that divot DOES give you enough room to insert a full length stud.

If i have any trouble with the wheel bearing, I will post the issue.

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1. is it front or rear?
2. I always hammered them out, never had any journals go bad. And I broke my share of studs through the years. Then pulled them in with open end wheel lug.

3. Yet, question is - can you actually remove the stud? Toyota front end tends to have bearing blocking the studs from behind and you can NOT remove a single stud, entire bearing has to be replaced. Fortunately, they are not that expensive. That's if you were lucky and bearingis not frozen into the hub.


Though it appears you are lucky...


There's a small area on the front hub where you can hammer it out, I had to replace one on the front driver side after a lug nut got a little too over-torqued years ago.


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Dust shield, on well designed car, will have provision for stud removal. Otherwise, dust shield can be loosened and scooted away or, as I had to for our then 86 LeBaron, a hole is cut in dust shield to pop the stud out.
OP, studs are EASILY popped out with hammer.

So how much exactly was 3 times hammering it out?

You are lucky, btw. New cars you have to replace entire bearing, they won't miss on that opportunity for $$.



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ukrkoz, the shop quoted me $300 to remove the hub vs. $100 to pound out and replace the two studs. Keep in mind the shop was not a Toyota dealer.
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Pretty easy job to do yourself. Takes a bit of time, but not a big deal. I've replaced a lug or two in my day, and always just hammered them out. I am trying to recall if I have done this with my '09 Camry...

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