2003 Ford Taurus Wheel Lug Stud Repair

I’ve heard that getting to these lug studs are an involved process. Is that true? What does it actually take?

If you have a brake rotor with hub assemblies that are attached then the process can be involved because of the number of things that would need to be removed. The components that would have to be removed are the brake caliper, the mounting bracket, the rotor assembly, and the wheel. Once those are off then the studs can be replaced. A sealed wheel bearing with hub assemblies is not better. The parts to remove off of a vehicle like that would be the following parts: the brake caliper, brake caliper mounting bracket, the axle nut, the wheel, the brake rotor, and CV axle. All of these things need to be removed so that there is enough clearance so that you can replace your wheel studs and remove the hub assembly.

It’s just a stud which means I can drive my Taurus on this thing even though it might be damaged, right?

If you have a problem with your wheel lug stud then you should not drive your vehicle. If you are missing one stud then your other studs will be forced to make up the for the loss of the other stud. They may fail because they may become overloaded. You are better off getting this problem fixed as soon as possible.

If my wheel stud is bad or is going bad then what will my Ford Taurus do? What will it be like and how can I tell that the problem is my wheel stud?

Rusting or visible damage is one of the things you might notice when your wheel lug studs are going bad. If it, or they, go totally bad then your wheel studs will break off completely.

Do you know of a specific time or mileage where I should start looking at my wheel lug studs on my 2003 Ford Taurus?

There is no set time frame in which this becomes more likely or a mileage where it is more likely either. In fact, most people notice a problem before it is a huge issue. Wheel lug studs do tend to brake and that can be done through over tightening. Of course, there is the rust and the occasional vandalism. The good news is that is it extremely rare for wheel lug studs to develop a problem randomly. However, they can be damaged by salted roads. The studs may rust and break over time if this is a reality where you live.

Where can I find my wheel studs on my car? I know it is a bad question but I have no idea.

You can usually find your wheel lug studs pushed into the back of your wheel hub. They tend to come outwards from your wheel hub. However, just for reference, European models will use lug bolts. They screw into the wheel and your hub from outside. They really just squish the wheel to your hub with the pressure of the tightening.

Ok, but what is this thing, exactly?

The most noticeable aspect about wheel leg studs is the fact that they are large bolts that project from the wheel hub. The job they fulfill is allowing the lug nuts to hold your wheels on to your wheel hub.

I know I need this for my Ford Taurus but I can’t afford it. How do I… What do I do?

We have access to a program that approves around 95% of the people who walk in our front door regardless of their financial situation. If you have $25 and a bank account then it will likely approve you as well. Call us or stop by and we will find out what it can do for you as well.

I’d like you to look at my 2003 Ford Taurus. How do I have a conversation with you about getting this all set up?

You can always stop by the shop during business hours by visiting us at 19460 SW 89th Ave. in Tualatin, OR 97062 during business hours. If you do not feel like driving out then you can call us by dialing 503-692-0846

I’ve heard that getting to these lug studs are an involved process. Is that true? What does it actually take?

If you have a brake rotor with hub assemblies that are attached then the process can be involved because of the number of things that would need to be removed. The components that would have to be removed are the brake caliper, the mounting bracket, the rotor assembly, and the wheel. Once those are off then the studs can be replaced. A sealed wheel bearing with hub assemblies is not better. The parts to remove off of a vehicle like that would be the following parts: the brake caliper, brake caliper mounting bracket, the axle nut, the wheel, the brake rotor, and CV axle. All of these things need to be removed so that there is enough clearance so that you can replace your wheel studs and remove the hub assembly.

It’s just a stud which means I can drive my Taurus on this thing even though it might be damaged, right?

If you have a problem with your wheel lug stud then you should not drive your vehicle. If you are missing one stud then your other studs will be forced to make up the for the loss of the other stud. They may fail because they may become overloaded. You are better off getting this problem fixed as soon as possible.

If my wheel stud is bad or is going bad then what will my Ford Taurus do? What will it be like and how can I tell that the problem is my wheel stud?

Rusting or visible damage is one of the things you might notice when your wheel lug studs are going bad. If it, or they, go totally bad then your wheel studs will break off completely.

Do you know of a specific time or mileage where I should start looking at my wheel lug studs on my 2003 Ford Taurus?

There is no set time frame in which this becomes more likely or a mileage where it is more likely either. In fact, most people notice a problem before it is a huge issue. Wheel lug studs do tend to brake and that can be done through over tightening. Of course, there is the rust and the occasional vandalism. The good news is that is it extremely rare for wheel lug studs to develop a problem randomly. However, they can be damaged by salted roads. The studs may rust and break over time if this is a reality where you live.

Where can I find my wheel studs on my car? I know it is a bad question but I have no idea.

You can usually find your wheel lug studs pushed into the back of your wheel hub. They tend to come outwards from your wheel hub. However, just for reference, European models will use lug bolts. They screw into the wheel and your hub from outside. They really just squish the wheel to your hub with the pressure of the tightening.

Ok, but what is this thing, exactly?

The most noticeable aspect about wheel leg studs is the fact that they are large bolts that project from the wheel hub. The job they fulfill is allowing the lug nuts to hold your wheels on to your wheel hub.

I know I need this for my Ford Taurus but I can’t afford it. How do I… What do I do?

We have access to a program that approves around 95% of the people who walk in our front door regardless of their financial situation. If you have $25 and a bank account then it will likely approve you as well. Call us or stop by and we will find out what it can do for you as well.

I’d like you to look at my 2003 Ford Taurus. How do I have a conversation with you about getting this all set up?

You can always stop by the shop during business hours by visiting us at 19460 SW 89th Ave. in Tualatin, OR 97062 during business hours. If you do not feel like driving out then you can call us by dialing 503-692-0846

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