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Old 11-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Stripped lug; able to avoid burning?

All my lugs have looked like garbage for a long time. The PO just miss-matched whatever fit, i guess. I started trying to replace them with lugs that don't have that garbage chrome cap, and properly torquing them. But now i'm left with this sonofagun on my passenger rear:



I've manage to take this from a 3/4 size down to a 5/8ths hammering smaller sockets onto it, and still can't get it off. Any socket i hammer onto it goes on crooked, and just twists off if i put any torque on it. I've even tried a set of those Erwin biting sockets with the reverse thread in them. A snapped and twisted ratchet later, those just twist off as well. I'm wondering if the metal is too soft, as it's just caving in. I'm honestly out of ideas short of burning it off. Our torches are out of fuel and i really don't feel like fronting the $100 bill to refill them. Besides, I've already had to burn off a lug on the same hub a few months ago(Replaced the stud and all). So i'd like to avoid anymore damage to my rims. I've called 3 shops so far, one of them said they wouldn't do it for fear of damaging my rim, and the other 2 said they'd have to burn it off. And both of them wouldn't be able to do it for a few weeks.
Anyone got any ideas?

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I would probably just drill it to a depth and snap it off then replace the stud. Start with a small drill and work your way up.

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I would probably just drill it to a depth and snap it off then replace the stud. Start with a small drill and work your way up.
Alright, once i have it drilled out, how would i snap it off? Just try and twist it the same way i have and hope it snaps off?
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Drill it out with successively larger drill bits & the stud will fall apart, letting the wheel come off. The studs are only press fit into the wheel flange so once that happens, you can remove the remaining piece of the stud with a small sledge hammer. You'll need to remove the axle shaft to press in the new stud.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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Drill it out with successively larger drill bits & the stud will fall apart, letting the wheel come off. The studs are only press fit into the wheel flange so once that happens, you can remove the remaining piece of the stud with a small sledge hammer. You'll need to remove the axle shaft to press in the new stud.
Thanks! I'll pick up a bit set on my way to work today(Ones we have are dull as hell) and tackle it tomorrow.

The kicker is that all of my other lugs came off beautifully. They're all replaced with properly-sized lugs that i'll actually be able to take off with the stock tire iron in the event that i get a flat. They're all new and shiny, and then there's this one ugly one all chewed up, surrounded by gouge marks and dents...
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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As far as I know the chrome cap prevents the lugnut and stud from rusting together. The cap retains the heat and keeps the connection dry. Vehicles with open lug nuts usually have hubcaps from the manufacturer for this purpose. I cringe when I see vehicles with open lug nuts and no wheel covers or hubcaps covering them. But then that's my personal experience.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:03 PM   #7
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Could drill it or could hammer on a not easy to put on 12 point deep metric or inch with some epoxy or jb weld inside and let sit adequately warm for a day to harden and then try with a brake bar on the socket (I think your odds are better with long lever arm not air impact wrench)

Something will give
If it turns the nut you are golden
If the lug snaps you saved some drilling
If the epoxy yields you can still drill

Oven or torch heat will soften the epoxy for easy removal from the socket

When removing lugs from axle the screw action hinged tie rod end separator from harbor is cheep and removes lug studs without pounding slicker than snot

If the forked side won't clear the stud head grind the tool opening slightly then put the single end over the threaded stud end and tighten the tool bolt and without any pounding the lug is pushed free
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Snap on tools makes a socket just for this they have a spiral flute inside and you get the right size and beat it on and turn it off as you would normally them just punch the nut out of the socket ..... the nut is toast once you remove it but in your case who cares as long as it off..... I got one to fit over my lock nuts when I got my Jeep because the PO lost the wheel nut key .... they work really well they sell a whole set of them but you can buy them individually too.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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One other thing you could try would be to put on and torque down the other 4 lug nuts then try to take the messed up nut off first. I have got that to work a time or two. Good luck.

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