If you recently had a flat tire and had some trouble tightening the wheel nuts as you changed it along the roadside, your wheel studs may be cross threaded. Often people don’t realize that they need to replace wheel studs on their VW Passat until a mechanic brings it to their attention or they change a tire.
Tools Used: Tools, Jack, lug wrench and jack tools, Blocks, Replacement stud, Vise-grips, Open end wrench, Crescent wrench, Dead blow hammer or heavy mallet, Extra wheel bolts and wheel nuts, Impact wrench (if available) or 1/2-inch long handled drive socket wrench
Replace Wheel Stud
Purchase a new stud. You need to get one the same size. If you don’t know the size, remove the stud and take it with you to the auto parts store.