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Old 08-13-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Stripped lug nut

Hey guys I've got a problem, I'm painting my wheels and there's one lug nut that seems to be stripped and will not come off. Any suggestions? I've tried hammering it with no luck.

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Is the wheel off

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The threads...so the lug nut just spins? Or the head on the lug is stripped so you cant get a socket on it?
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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The wheel is on and the I can get the socket on it but it just spins
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So the wheel stud has been stripped. Try tightning the lug nut to re seat the wheel stud
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It will not tighten or loosen. The socket goes on and then after a little force I can feel it just slip.
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I used a big pair of vice grips and a little bit of heat from a propane torch to get one off of a buddy's truck. Barely had to put any force on it after the heat was applied.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #8
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Well I don't know anyone with a torch lol, looks like Im going to have to bring it to a shop and have them remove it and replace it.. Any ideas on how much thatll cost me?
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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I don't mean a cutting torch. That's not your average joe kind of tools lol. I meant the kind you would use for soldering copper pipe. Just a bottle with a handle on it. You can pick one up cheap and they're pretty handy. I have a cutting torch in my shop but I hardly every use it. It was a waste of money.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #10
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If you mean the lug nut head is rounded off then you can go to O'reilly's or Autozone and rent an emergency lug nut extractor kit which are sockets you screw on the stripped nut to loosen.
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A good hammer and chisel will work….. eventually. I had to do that once to an old Chevy.
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Try an impact wrench?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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Lol..well I don't think banging it will do much good...

This concept worked for me.. use a rubber band (a wide one) and wrap it around the nut...it will give you the grip you need with the lug wrench..just make sure the rubberband is tight good luck! (this post can be taken out of context in so many ways...)
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Put the socket/tire iron on it and rock it back and forth...with some force. It will eventually break the stud. The more, faster you do it, the more the stud will heat up and make it easier to snap.
Had to do that with one of my rear studs.
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Impact Wrench should spin it off
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Well I don't know anyone with a torch lol, looks like Im going to have to bring it to a shop and have them remove it and replace it.. Any ideas on how much thatll cost me?
about a month ago my buddy lost the key to his locking lug nuts, the local shop charged him 10 bucks to remove all 4 and they were done in less then 2 minutes. Right tool for the job makes it easy.
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Alright so I ended up taking it to me
Shop and they took it off free of charge and then I bought a new lug but for $2.50 thanks for all the advice guys I'll give them a try if it ever happens again
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The stud was ok?

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