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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Cant Remove Completely Stripped Lug Nut

I had my wheels and tires rotated not to long ago and now that im installing new tires and wheels i need to remove my wheels and on one of the wheels the lug nut is completely stripped out like u cant get it off with and tools. any ideas on how to get it off??

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 02:32 PM
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I had the same problem after a trip to Les Schwabs, ended up using vise grips and pulling straight back while twisting side it side till I got some space then used a claw hammer to get more tension while twisting some more. Lots of sweating and cursing later I got it off. If that doesn't work you can always use a dremel and cut off wheel.

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 03:51 PM
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Find a touch impact socket one or two sizes smaller that you aren't afraid to say good bye to. Smash it onto the nut with a hammer. Remove. If you put the socket in a vise you may be able to use a punch to knock it out.

I had to do that with my lug nuts that need a key...lost the key and they are 13/16" outer diameter for the regular nuts, so I used the 7/8" side of my tire iron and tapped in on and got them off, when I loosened them I wiggled the tire iron off the lug nut then unscrewed by hand.

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 04:14 PM
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If it's a 3/4 lugnut, grab an 18mm socket. basically do what blackxj said, pound it on and pray.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 04:19 PM
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or you can take it to a discount tire, we have stuff designed for it, like taking off wheel locks that are perfectly smooth, and i think we would do it for free, but if you want to try it on your own, do what they said above and to get the lug out of the socket put it on the ground and hit it with a hammer on the side, do this a couple times and it should come out.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 04:23 PM
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go to you local autoparts store and see if they can get or sell you a locking wheek nut remover ,its basically a socket with a reverse thread in it that will bite into whats left and remove it, they sell them over here in the UK and you best use them with an air impact driver for best results.

thats what they look like
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 04:23 PM
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I may be wrong but I think he means the threads are stripped off inside the lug itself and its just spinning, happens when they get get over tightened and the lug doesn't snap off

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-16-2010, 04:46 PM
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Use a pneumatic cut-off wheel. I have done it many times and no problems. Just split it right down the middle and use a chisel and hammer to finish the job. Good luck

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