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Old 11-13-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Lug nut stud stripped

We just got back from a trip on which I had to drill out a lug nut to replace a tire. The stud splines seem to be OK but the splines are stripped out in the brake drum. Anybody know where I can get a new brake drum at a reasonable price?

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Old 11-13-2010, 04:51 PM   #2
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Most of the time, the studs are in the wheel hub. The brake drum just slips on. You need to know what kind of axles you have, the spindle diameter, and the lug pattern size.

I also don't understand this statement: "The stud splines seem to be OK but the splines are stripped out in the brake drum". You can buy just a stud and drive it in the hub. The brake drum should have nothing to do with the repair.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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lug nut stud stripped

Thanks for your reply. I have a Flagstaff 25' TT. On a car the studs are in the hub but on mine they are in the brake drum. The splines are stripped in the drum. It's a 10" drum with 5 studs. I don't know if they are standard or specific to the make and model of the TT. I don't think the lug nut stud could be welded to the brake drum? Would the heat distort the drum?
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #4
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see a trailer sales and let them sell you the part You need .Also a tire shop may have the stud in stock if a big shop. Bushman
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:35 AM   #5
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DO NOT WELD!!!!! get a drum/hub, or whatever you need. DO NOT WELD. The heat may distort, but will also the characterizations of the metal, and make a heard or soft spot. Not good. Especially on a trailer so far behind you it is hard to hear brake problems to start with. Besides, by the time you pay a shop $50 to weld something, you probably could have bought the correct pieces to fix it correctly.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:41 PM   #6
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I checked with a welding shop and they said the weld probably wouldn't hold so I'm going to do the right thing and buy the drum/hub assy. with new bearings and seals. Found a local trailer dealer that has the part in stock for $69, so that doesn't sound too bad. Thanks for your comments.
Also, I find that the lug nuts need tightening after about 500 miles. Is this normal?
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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Also, I find that the lug nuts need tightening after about 500 miles. Is this normal?
Yes. It is good idea to re-torque the nuts a couple of times after putting on the wheels. Every 100 miles or so recheck the lug nuts until they don't tighten any more. Even then, it is a good idea to recheck ever so often.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:47 PM   #8
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Yep check torx every 5-600miles and if backing up tight check more often that backing loosens wheels
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input. After stripping out the lug nut stud I'm going to loosen all the remaining nuts and apply anti-seize compound on the threads to prevent a repeat problem.
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I believe that anti-seize compound is considered a lubricant. Torque specs are for non-lubricated nuts. Those lug nuts might loosen up when you don't want them to.
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