Wheel Hub Studs

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Wheel Hub Studs

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I'm servicing the brakes on my 1942 WC21 (military half ton), and noticed two of the wheel mounting studs on one hub are bent.

Can I use a hammer to remove these without hurting anything, or do I need to have them pressed out?

Thanks.
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Re: Wheel Hub Studs

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It isn't a job I've done, but I believe you can just punch them back through and tap new ones in. It may be worth putting a tired wheel nut on first and trying to knock them straight, rather than changing them.
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Re: Wheel Hub Studs

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agreed, I'd try to straighten it too before replacing. They should drive out though without the need of a press.
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Re: Wheel Hub Studs

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Thanks for the advice. I'll give a try with a hammer.

Think I will replace them, though. It looks like the weight of the truck came down on them, and buggered the threads. I've got replacements ordered from VPW.

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Re: Wheel Hub Studs

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OK Don, sounds reasonable.

I'd leave them in place till you actually had the replacements though, just in case. :mrgreen:
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Re: Wheel Hub Studs

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I had a couple of bent ones too... easy to knock em out. But since three of my hubs had right hand threads I bought enough to make them all right hand. And I had enough extra rh lug nuts to go around. Good luck.
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Post by Don »

I drove them out with just medium blows from a 2 lb hammer. Once they were out, I could see how bent they were and the threads were buggered pretty bad. The new studs from VPW matched perfectly. They went back in with the hammer, then I put a spacer and nut on them to make sure they were in all the way. Everything went very easy.