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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Wheel Stud Replacement

Special Tools

CH 43631 Ball Joint Separator

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

Removal Procedure
  1. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
  3. Without disconnecting the hydraulic brake flex hose, remove and support the brake caliper and bracket as an assembly. Refer to Front Brake Rotor Replacement.
  4. Remove the front wheel hub. Refer to Front Wheel Bearing and Hub Replacement.


  5. Using the CH 43631 separator  (2), remove the wheel stud (1) from the wheel bearing and hub.
Installation Procedure

    Install a NEW wheel stud to the wheel hub flange (2).
  1. Install a NEW wheel stud to the wheel hub flange (2).
  2. Position three washers (3) and an old lug nut (1) on the stud to be replaced.
  3. Position the pry bar to hold the wheel bearing flange while tightening the wheel lug nut.
  4. Tighten the old lug nut (1) until the wheel stud is firmly seated in the wheel hub flange.
  5. Remove the washers (3) and the old lug nut (1)  and the pry bar.
  6. Install the front wheel hub. Refer to Front Wheel Bearing and Hub Replacement.
  7. Install the front brake rotor. Refer to Front Brake Rotor Replacement.
  8. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
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