The Tremendous Way On How To Replace Wheel Studs On Drum Brakes –Check Out No. 5

When you want to replace wheel studs on drum brakes, all you need is the right tools, and you will be good to go.

You can do it yourself to save on the expenses on calling a mechanic to fix up the mess, and that is why I have come up with this guide which can give you the step by step direction on how to go about it. Though I will explain in details, you will need to consult your car manual to understand the particulars of your specific model.

In most cases, broken wheel studs are caused by tightening of the lug nuts without using a torque wrench. You can fix this in less than an hour using my guide here.

Things You Will Need To Replace The Wheel Stud On Drum Brakes

#1. A Respirator

#2. Hub Cap

#3. Lug nuts

#4. Wheel chocks

#5. Jack stand

#6. Penetrating oil

#7. Screw driver

#8. Brake shoe

Step By Step Guide On How To Replace Wheel Studs On Drum Brakes

1. Prepare Your Own Safety By Putting on Respirator

The work of replacing wheel studs on drum brakes is a dirty one as it involves finely ground asbestos or brake dust, which, if breathed in, can be hazardous to your health. It is important that, before you start on the job, you make sure that you have a mask on which is designed for filtering asbestos.

The mask should not be the usual paper ones which are found all over town, but a special one. Make sure that the place you are doing the replacement is clear of kids and pets because the air around the area is not clean.

2. Make Sure That The Hubcap Is Removed And The Lug Nuts Are Loosened

The front wheel should be blocked using wheel chocks then you jack up the car, supporting it with jack stands. You should never try to work on the car while it is supported on the jack alone as it is very dangerous.

You should never try to use blocks of bricks or wood as they can be crushed down and cause an accident. Remove the nuts and then the tire.

3. Spraying The Hub of The Wheel

After everything is out, make sure that you spray the hub of the wheel with a penetrating oil. I used PB blaster, and it worked well for me. Don’t try using oils such as WD-40 as they are not penetrating oil.

4. Pull The Brake Drum By Grabbing It By The Edges

You can twist it as you bring it out , as that will help in making it easier to come out. To remove the drum, you might be forced to back off the brake adjuster.

You can do this through adjusting the brakes in the drum hole or using the brake adjuster tool on the backing plate which you will use to turn the adjuster to remove the drum by loosening the brakes.

You should know your brakes as some of the brake drums are normally held on with screws, so you have to remove them first

5. Have A Closer Look At The Drum

If you find out that the drum has been scored, then it has to be either refaced or replaced. It is important to remember that there are several levers and springs in your drum brakes h for the parking brakes and self-adjuster.

You can be able to differentiate them through the colors. To be sure that you will return everything as it was, make sure you take a photo of it before disintegrating it.

6. The Whole System To Be Placed In A Container and Sprayed With Brake Cleaner

When you keep them in a container, you help the dust from becoming airborne; the dust, which is asbestos is dangerous, and that is why you need to put on a mask not to inhale it.

7. Compare The New And The Old Brake Shoe

The comparison will enable you to replace the brake with a similar one. It can be done by you checking out the holes and ensuring that, they are in the same places.

Depending on the type of your car, some have two different shoes called trailing and leading shoes. Make sure that, your brake shoes are of the same width.

8. Replacing The Brake

Return the shoe after you have removed the shoe, then the parking brake lever should be detached next. After that, you should hold the shoe by retaining pin from the back, and then you remove the retainer springs. You should then spread the shoes apart starting from the top and then disengage it from the wheel cylinder pins.

The next thing you should tackle is both the self-adjuster and the shoe. Lay the old shoe on the ground next to the new and make sure that they are the same. In order to loosen the tension, you will have to tip the tops of the shoes inward, which is in the self-adjuster spring, which will enable you to remove the self-adjuster.

The next step will be to inspect and clean all the parts of the brake which will be reused and in case there are signs of wear and tear, make sure to replace.


The aim of this article was to give you tips on how to replace the wheel studs on the drum brakes in the shortest time possible. It is an educative article which you should be able to share with your friends to enlighten them.

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