You can buy replacement chrome plated lug nuts from Wal-Mart. They cost
about $6.50 for a package 4.
The Distributor of these nuts is http://www.fastco.ca/ The size you will
need is 12 x 1.5. 19mm Acorn short.
As far as removing the drum assembly using the "removing the rear lug bolts
technique". Removing the 4 retaining bolts on the stub axle can be a problem
if they have never been removed before, Those suckers are really corroded
on.. The tools you will need is penetrating oil and an air impact wrench and
then they still might break. I have always removed the drums by removing
the centre nut. Its a good idea to replace the nut after 4 times on and off
as it has a ceramic lock and it wears out. Depending on the year of the car
and the mileage, you might want to consider that it would be easier just to
replace the drum assembly. You can buy drum assemblies with the wheel
bearing already installed. Hope this helps.
In an earlier post the replacement of the front lug bolts was explained:
However, I managed to break 2 of the rear lug bolts last night while
removing the winter tires. In order to remove the lug bolts I would have to
gain entry to the area inside the hub.
From the manual I see that I can either:
a. Remove the hub by removing the main wheel nut and take the chance of
damaging the wheel bearing in the process or,
b. Remove the entire stub axel by removing the 4 retaining bolts holding the
stub axel & bearing/hub assembly to the suspension.
Q1. Is the second method (b) the correct way to do this and, if so, are
there any "gotcha's" to be carefull of?
Q2. New lug bolts - is this something I can pick up at a local Canadian Tire
or is it a dealer only type of thing?
Thanks for any assistance.
As a matter of interest it seems like 2 issues were the cause of the
1. Whoever put it on has not heard of a torque wrench.
2. Ford's strange decision to have open ended lug nuts that allow water to
get into the threads if the little silver cap is lost (most of mine have
managed to fall off during the last 3 years).