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Rear left tire came completely off the axle on the highway, bolts are stripped and brake drum is bent. How do I repair the bolts?

Would I need to replace the whole back axle, or could i just remove the bolts somehow? 2000 chev silverado z71 5.4L. Thanks gear heads!!!!!

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I am not specifically familiar with your truck but you should be able to remove the bolts (studs) from the hub. Look for adequate clearance on the back side and only remove parts as is required. You may have to rotate the hub to get each stud aligned with the available clearance and do the same to install the new studs.
If they are bent so badly that you can't remove the drum then a cutting torch may be necessary to cut the bent studs. Sometimes the drums are also held by two crosshead countersunk screws. Try to remove the studs with a large c-clamp (safest) or hammer (don't damage hub or bearing). Be careful not to overheat the hub and damage the seals/melt the bearing grease.
See also the links below. It indicates a different procedure for drum brakes but should help get you through this repair.
http://autorepair.about.com/od/fixityourself/ss/wheel_stud_repl.htm
http://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-caravan/113020-wheel-bolt-hub-removal.html

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Right on, studs banged out with a bit of force. Thank you!
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