My used 2003 Honda Civic has a broken lug stud on one wheel, which I've still managed to get a nut onto, and a stripped stud on another wheel, which I can't, so I'm driving with 3 out of 4 on one wheel. I could:
- Replace the studs
- $2 each, but requires a press? Which I don't have. Don't know how much a mechanic would charge to do it.
- Replace the hubs
- $70 each
- Chase the threads on the stripped stud
- I tried to do this with a file and it didn't work.
- There's this tool that I could put below the stripped threads and work back out, but it costs $30 for something I'll never use again, and I'm not sure whether it affects safety to have formerly-stripped threads.
What's the best thing to do? How important is it to have all the lug nuts on?