Getting some conflicting info on how to replace a rear wheel stud. Anything from just hammering them out to having to pull the axle out. Do I just need to remove the brake drum, "tap" the bad stud out, and put the new one in?
If you remove the whole drum brake assembly there's enough room to knock out the stock length studs on a dana 35c.....
.....which can make getting the new ones in rather interesting, because they have to seat into the holes in the flange and it can be painful trying to seat them. What I have done with mine is to pull the axles, hammer, or press out the old ones, and hammer/press in new ones, then re-instll axle. This technique is what I'd recommend.
....I'm not smart, but I can lift heavy things.......
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Nope.... Stock studs are 1.75" long and you have about 2" behind the axle flange with the shoes and other brake parts removed.... so just smack it with a 3# sledge and it should fly out the back side.... then you can "press" the new one in as stated above....
I installed 10 new wheel studs on my buddies new axle shafts. We used a stack of washers, lugnut and the impact to pull the studs into the flange. We also pulled the threads out of 2 lug nuts in the process. If you just need to replace 1 broken stud bang it out and pull it in with the washer/ nut trick. If you're doing all 5 pull the axle and use a press.
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Late reply, but maybe still useful. I just did this yesterday. I smacked it through with a BFH, lined the new one up, and then carefully put the wheel back on. I then held the threads with a large flathead screwdriver and started the lugnut. I was then able to get it to bite enough to tighten the lugnut, which pulled the stud through. Only took a few minutes.