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left front wheel cameoff--now have question
02-12-2012, 09:26 PM
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left front wheel cameoff--now have question
Not quite sure how or why, but all bolts sheared away and the left front wheel came off this morning.

My SRT-4 had started vibrating badly and making lots of noise. Thought a belt had separated. Headed to shoulder of the toll road. Before I could stop, there were two loud pop sounds and smell like burning rubber. Managed to stop without any drama.

The tow truck took us to Firestone--only place open in the area on Sunday. Asked to have new studs and lug nuts installed. Firestone tells me that that cannot be done. Says that the entire hub assembly must be replaced before the car can be driven anywhere.

This is not what I expected to hear and is very different from what I've read on the SRT forum. Read numerous posts discussing replacing studs with new ones for $2 a piece. They called it a 10 minute job. Firestone is wanting $300 for generic hub. I'm five hours from home and need this resolved quickly.

What would render my hub so screwed up that the studs cannot be replaced? How would I recongnize that it is beyond repair? I don't want to a single thing more than I have to have done to get me back to my local mechanic.
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02-12-2012, 09:36 PM
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RE: left front wheel cameoff--now have question
I am not familiar with your particular vehicle but I can give you some "general" advice. Most wheel studs are a "Press" fit in the hub. If the wheel ran loose long enough to "egg" shape or other wise distort the hole that the stud comes through, the hub would need replaced.

I hope that explanation helps. Please let us know how things turn out &/or feel free to ask more questions.

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Garner

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02-12-2012, 09:45 PM (This post was last modified: 02-12-2012 09:47 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: left front wheel cameoff--now have question
I feel your pain!

Rough guess is Firestone being a franchise, they want to do it their way to reduce liability issues. That said, how many choices do you have at this hour on a Sunday? The stud repair will be a few bucks each plus the local labor rate and the towing. (you can do the math)

It could be the studs have wobbled in the holes and new studs will not be tigh? If I could see it then I could make the judgement call... but I can't, so the ball is in your court.

In a pinch, I would let them do it and pay by credit card then ask for the old part. If your home town mechanic finds something different they at least you have recourse.

BTW, you didn't mention the brand. Some are not too bad and actually have name brand bearings inside.

Edited to add: It looks like we are posting at the same time again!
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