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Audi A4 Wheel stud replacement
If you have been driving you're Audi A4 for a while then you may well have driven past the following scene while on your travels - a person at the side of the road, hands on the hips and head shaking, gazing at their car that is missing a wheel. That missing wheel is lying on its side some 100m further up the road.
This is what can happen if the wheel studs - the threaded fasteners that keep the wheels attached to a car - break off. It would have to be a really bad day for all the wheel studs to fail at once, but it can happen.
Wheel studs can fail when they are put under undue stress. This will happen if the lug nuts (that are used to secure the wheel to the studs) are overtightened, the thread of the studs are stripped, or the car is driven with loose lug nuts. Also, if the wheel is subjected to a hard blow, such as can happen in an accident, or hits a curb or a pothole, the wheel studs can be damaged. It’s certainly a good idea to have your Audi A4’s wheel studs checked after a hard whack to the wheels.
Wheel studs are either pressed in or screwed into the wheel hub and are designed for the demands of your Audi A4. Not all wheel studs are the same size and pattern and there are distinct stud patterns needed to match certain wheels to specific vehicles. You can’t easily swap wheels between different cars due to this pattern.