2003 Ford Explorer Remove Rear Wheel Studs
A 2003 Ford Explorer has five wheel studs on each wheel, arranged in a star pattern. Because the Ford Explorer comes equipped with disk brakes, removing the wheel studs is a relatively quick and easy process and can be accomplished by a beginning mechanic. Care must be taken during removal to prevent damaging the wheel hub or brake system with the hammer.
 Tools Used
|Liquid Wrench or other penetrating lubricant spray|
 Remove Rear Wheel Studs
- Park the vehicle on a flat surface, set the parking brake and place wheel chocks in front of and behind the front tires.
- Loosen the lug nuts by turning each one a half-turn with the lug wrench.
- Jack up the rear of the Explorer. Place the jack stands and lower the vehicle onto them.
- Remove the lug nuts. Remove the wheel.
- Spray the wheel studs with penetrating lubricant oil. Let the oil set a few minutes.
- Strike the front of the wheel stud with a hammer. The stud will pop out the back.
 Tips & Warnings
- Don't worry about damaging the studs. The only reason to remove wheel studs is to completely replace them, so the old studs should never be reused.