I have to replace a broken wheel stud in the rear of a kia Optima. I do not have an impact gun to tighten down the stud properly but I do have a torque wrench. The problem is that the hub will spin when trying to tighten it with a wrench.

So my question is, can I put the wheel back on, lower the car, and tighten the lug nut onto the stud to get it tightened? Is that a good way to do it or is that not recommended? It is the only way I would be able to get the stud tightened.

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    Can you get someone to press the brakes while you tighten it?
    – HandyHowie
    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:37

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Edit: Thanks to Alephzero's comment, now removed, I had to correct my answer :

If the stud is to be fitted into the hub, then the hub need to be "locked" or wedged to prevent rotation, with a bar wedged against a strong suspension point for example and the stud torqued into place using two nuts locked together on the threads.

Make sure the handbrake is on and/or the car is in gear or chocked to prevent movement - but that was done before jacking it up...

  • Thank you, I was needing reassurance because I didn't this this was best practice.
    – BStill
    Feb 4, 2019 at 6:38
  • @alephzero good point, too early, not enough coffee, thanks.
    – Solar Mike
    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:18
  • Deleted my previous comment, since it leaving it would have implied that the correct method in the edited answer was wrong!
    – alephzero
    Feb 4, 2019 at 10:36

I have only needed to do this on one wheel ( 6 studs) , but I simply tightened them to about 5 ftXlb. That held them in place , then when I put on the rim/tire and torqued it to about 80 ftXlb while on the ground , it pulled the studs into the wheel.

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