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Old 10-03-2010, 06:13 AM   #1
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Mashed lugnut

My "buddy" was trying to help me out with a break job but a stripped lugnut got in his way and he felt he had to show it what-for. He gave up before the nut and now not only am I running with front breaks only if I get a flat in the back, I'll be walk'n.

I've done some searching and have found all kinds of great tips for removing stripped lugnuts but haven't seen any posts that quite match my issue.

The wheel is already dinged to hell and my spare wheel is in great shape so I'm not super worried about damaging the wheel but don't want to break anything else.

My plan is to heat up the mashed lug with a heat gun... add some lube and take a metal drill bit to the mashed lug and work it till it is free.

That said, I'm posting to get advice and any guidance before I get started and also to burn my buddy

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Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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that is the most f-ed up lug nut ive ever seen. what was he using to get it off a lug wrench or an impact gun?

you can try what you said and if that stuff fails you can try maybe welding a nut to it and try it that way.

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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You are on the right track. It must be drilled out. Start small and work your way up in drill bit sizes. Cobalt bits are a little more expensive, but you will be happy you bought them. Remember to add a little oil to the bit or you will smoke them quick.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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just curious but are the lug nuts solid or can you see the wheel stud through the end of the nut? I cant tell by the pics. If its a solid one that is like chrome then the chrome part is just a cap on a hollow lug nut. Maybe there is a bunch of the chrome cap that come loose and sometimes spins around the lug nut. You might be able to pull some of the cap out w/ needle nose pliers or something???

Hey doclouie are youi saying that he should drill out the wheel stud?? im a lil confused on what hes gonna drill.
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just curious but are the lug nuts solid or can you see the wheel stud through the end of the nut? I cant tell by the pics. If its a solid one that is like chrome then the chrome part is just a cap on a hollow lug nut. Maybe there is a bunch of the chrome cap that come loose and sometimes spins around the lug nut. You might be able to pull some of the cap out w/ needle nose pliers or something???

Hey doclouie are youi saying that he should drill out the wheel stud?? im a lil confused on what hes gonna drill.
Yeah me too...drill what? If its the stud left, they come out thru the back of the hub with a drift and hammer
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Get a new buddy. I dont think a heat gun would work, you'll need a tourch.
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you could split the nut with a cold chisel. you might bugger up the threads but any tire shop should be able to install a new threaded stud.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:14 PM   #8
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I have never, ever in all the time I've been alive seen a wheel nut that looked like that! If it were mine I would remove the axle shaft and grind off the stud from the back at the flange, and drive it through the flange that way you could remove the wheel and replace the stud, instead of wasting a TON of time and effort drilling.
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the jeep lug nutz are known to have the nut cap come free. Good reason to go with aftermarket rims as well that allow full access to the lug nut. I have drilled a few of these out Takes some times.
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An air chisel will do it. Just chisel down one side and open up the gap it creates. The thing will come right off. You will probably mess the wheel up more but since you don't mind that's what I suggest. I've done quite a few like this in the bodyshop. Just have some patience.

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Craftsman makes Easy-Out nut and bolt removers. I had this same issue on my '95 ZJ. The lug cap came off and shredded. After removing as much of the cap as I could, I heated it and then put the Easy-out to it. At first I couldn't get it to grip so I set the Easy-Out on the nut and tapped it in with a hammer until it started to grab. Once it was on good all I needed was a breaker bar and a 6' pole for leverage to get it off.

The down side was that the lug nut was jammed so tight into the Easy-Out that it took me longer to get it out of the tool than it did to get it off the wheel.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:18 PM   #12
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I really need a lug nut for my vehicle. It seems that my tires and rims are loosened. It need to be fixed right away because it really worries me.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:42 AM   #13
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one lug nut missing wont really make that much of a difference as long as the other 4 are on tight. Id just heat it up and sit there with a big ass drill then step drill the sucker right out, itll take time and probably be a pain in the ass but itll work ive done it before.
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Jeepjones has the best solution. Pop the rear diff cover off, pull out the c-clip and remove the axle with the drum and tire and wheel on it. then all you have to do is grind the head off the bad one and knock it out from the backside. I have had to do this lots with jeeps that come from up north and the nuts are rusted solid.

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