Socket stuck on axle nut
Ok I have came across this problem before but not this bad. I'm replacing my drivers front axle shaft on my 94 zj. My buddy brought a 35mm socket not the 36 that we needed before I knew it he had smacked it on to the shaft nut and needless to say it's stuck and the nut won't come loose. We broke 2 Marco breaker bars trying to break it loose along with using pb and mapp gas torch. Now I just want to get the socket off! Anyone have any ideas? I don't have any air tools and only a tiny bs compressor.
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Originally Posted by dnuccio View Post
Tap it with a hammer-gently-from the side, all the way around. It wants off of there too, be patient. If its off with the nut inside, put the socket in a vise and go through the square hole with a punch. All the way around is the best way. Little here, little there.
Thank you for the fast responses. I've been smacking it with a baby slug for a hour I even slammed a nut through the hole and screwed a bolt in it and have been hitting a plate I attached to the bolt. I think I'm gonna have to put everything back on over the socket and drive it to the shop tomorrow so we can cut the socket off. I'm at a loss lol. I still can't believe he smacked a 35mm on a 36mm nut but stuff happens.
I just did this exact thing with the pinion nut!! Simple answer, u won't get it out without either breaking the socket or cutting the nut out. I'm glad I had snapon because they replaced the socket that I beat the sh't out of. And of course I had to get a new nut
Just throw it in the trash and get a new nut while using the correct sized socket. Neither one is going to be worth a crap with the points rounded off and you'll have more $ involved in a shop cutting the socket off than a new nut is going to cost.
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Yeah I don't care about the nut except it's still on the shaft so I have a socket stuck on nut that's stuck on the shaft that's still on my jeep. I'm just gonna take it in and have them cut both off.
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