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A few weeks ago, I needed a front lug stud replaced on my '14 LX AWD.
The mechanic informed me that it's not a simple swap job because the design of the wheel doesn't allow for a new stud to be inserted directly.

Is this a common occurrence with CRVs?

I'm actually kind of appalled by this. What should have been a $50 or DIY job turned into a lot more.
 

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Its simply a matter of clearance behind the flange, if there isnt enough then the hub has to be pressed apart to change them. Not just a CRV issue, very common across many vehicles.

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To add to the above, when the hub is pulled out, the wheel bearing race comes with it...so the job also becomes replacing a wheel bearing + removing the race from the hub if you want to re-use it.

There are sometimes hack shortcuts that involve cutting part of the dust shield off and / or shaving down the stud so it will go in. That may be an option on old cars of little value if it can be done with reasonable safety, but no responsible mechanic would advise that on a car 3 years old.
 

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That guy goes through A LOT of unnecessary work to change a stud.

All you need

Hammer

Grinder with cutoff wheel

1 new stud

Couple thick washers (I usually just find a bigger nut from the bin)

1 cheap lug nut or simply a nut with same threads as the stud

A ratchet

Some grease to lube the threads of the new stud for install.

Takes about 15 minutes. No need to touch the sheild except maybe bend it SLIGHTLY.

A professional kit has a nice bearing unit instead of using washers but done the same way on about any car. Beat the old stud back a bit so you can cut the head off and pull the rest out. Grind the new stud head as he did and pull the new one in with the washers between the nut and the hub. Never a good idea to use a lug nut you want to keep as they often get messed up on the end.

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