Here is my issue: While removing a tire (or trying to) one lug nut sheared off. Not the stud the nut itself. My first thought was WTF!!! The rim is an aluminum and a steel nut. The nut has nothing left to grip on with a socket, can't get a wrench anywhere near it. About 1/3 of the nut is left and most of that is tapered.
I have had the Jeep for about 3 months and not had the front tires off.
So how can I remove the rest of the nut? Any ideas? I'm lost...
PB blast the hell outta it then hammer on a deep socket. It may also help to put the rest of the lugs on and tighten them to take a little pressure off that 1 that is stuck. Who knows its worth a shot. If you are lucky you have Craftsman sockets and get get it replaced for free...lol
Close to Craftsman, they are Mastercraft (Canadian Tire) and still have the warranty. I have put PB on it but not the socket.
The wife is PO'd (her Jeep), she wants her Jeep back and wants to take off the tire off if she has to.
Thanks for the help.
Is this on the front? Few things you can try: If you have room you can grind the rear of the stud off and then try to punch it out the nut side. Or if you don't have room, take the shaft out. and grind away. I had to end up drilling out a rear one and in the process destroyed the rim.
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I think I understand what you're saying. The only part of the nut that's left is flush with the rim ? In that case it sounds like maybe a delicate operation with a dremel rotary type tool. Get a metal cutting bit and try to grind it out of there. Youll probably nick some threads but
Or if there is anything left to grip snap-on makes a socket for removing locking lug nuts if you lost the key. Good luck.
Probably a damn Chinese lug nut
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Most likely you are speaking about the stock lug nuts that come with the Jeep. There is an outer casing that is welded to the threads of this casing. You can see the weld line if you look closely at the lugs. Most likely the outer casing has come loose and now the only thing left is the part of the lug with the threads. I actually have had this happen on my Jeep and shortly thereafter replaced all my lugs with solid ones, but that is how you can eliminate this after this ordeal. Most likely the lug was cross threaded and that is what put the additional stress on it until it broke the weld. Now to the part that you really want to hear.
I had aluminum rims also on my Jeep when this happened. The best option that took me hours to figure out was to first drill a hole in the middle of the stud. Do not use a cheap drill bit or a battery powered drill. Go to Lowes and get a good Cobalt drill bit don't even bother with the other bits as you will burn them up pretty quickly. Get a 3/16" or around there bit and get a couple just in case. Also pick up an oil can so you can use some oil for your drilling. Be very careful not to break the bit off or you will be in real trouble as you can't EDM something on your Jeep. Drill a hole into the stud past where the part of the lug has broken off. Then use a impact chisel to basically cut through both the stud and the outer part of the lug. Be careful not to go too deep or you will damage the rim. It is a time consuming process and just remember to take baby steps. If I remember correctly it took me a good 4-5 hours to figure this out and then get the lug off. If you do not have an impact chisel you may want to drill the hole and then take it to a shop. They will charge you by the hour so the more you do to help them the more you will save.
When it is all said and over you of course will need to replace the stud and I would highly suggest getting rid of the stock lug nuts for ones that are a solid piece. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Glad I'm not the only one with the Aluminum rims, a sheered stock lugnut, and a grinder that wont fit in that small recessed lugnut rim opening. It seems like a dremel tool would be the easier way, grinding away at it until it separated on one side, maybe chipping away each side until i can break it off with a cold chisel. Regardless this is a pain --if anyone has any better ideas other than drilling the stud, do tell!