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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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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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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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Smack it off with a hammer, shouldn't be too hard
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #4
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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Smack it off with a hammer, shouldn't be too hard
I think what he's saying is that the nut, after having removed it from the axle, is stuck inside of the socket. So, really, he needs something to pry it outta there with.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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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
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #9
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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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Unread 03-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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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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Unread 03-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #11
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BFH is your answer. if you dont have one, get one. theyre cheap and will help with other things later on down the road
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Unread 03-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #12
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Holy sh*t BFH worked! 10 pounder and some good swings from every angle she popped off. Thank you all for your input.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #13
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A BFH is one of the best "fine tuning tools", I've come across.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #14
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A BFH is one of the best "fine tuning tools", I've come across.
gotta have the precision tool for the job
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