1999 Dodge Caravan 3.3 Newly bought wheel studs too thin.

Asked by Dec 24, 2016 at 12:07 AM about the 1996 Dodge Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have been to 3 different auto part stores for 3
replacement wheel studs for my 1999 Dodge
Caravan. 3.3.  All 3 stores gave me the same studs
and insisted they were for my vehicle. I even
handed them the registration with the specs and
VIN. Each time the studs spin in the wheel hub
holes. The don't lock. I even took a good stuff to
them. No luck. We tried studs for the rear as I am
looking for front studs. No luck. We tried studs for
a larger Dodge truck. No luck. I am driving on two
studs but I realize that is extremely dangerous but I
have no other option. Hummmm. What to do now.
Pay a mechanic to go through the same thing I am
experiencing?  I can pay myself for this headache.
The van only has 96,000 miles or I wouldn't go
through this. Any ideas?

3 Answers


It is a possabality the hubs are worn so there is nothing for the studs to seat into, or aftermarket just isn't making the correct stud, in that case the dealer is your only option for the right part. I guess the big question is how did you loose that many studs?

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Thank you for your response. I did change a broken rusted brake line several months ago and had to remove the wheels to bleed the lines. One would assume that when I reinstalled the wheel I either over tighten the lug nuts or didn't tighten them enough. I did hammer out the two remaining studs and checked the remaining open hub holes and as I expected, they have to be pressed in. Which I did. Unfortunately that's what I'm driving on to get to these autozones and advanced auto stores. So, you said it. I didn't want to. But you are right. The dealership it is. I'll keep ya posted. Thank you.


Great, you might call them first, hopefully they aren't special order.

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