I bought some used, Jeep aluminum wheels, supposedly off a 1995 model. I had new tires put on, and installed by a Goodyear dealer, on my 1997. One week later, I could not remove them. I had to bring it back to Goodyear, who actually had to torch off one nut! I was mad at them, thinking they put them on to tight. So I went home, undid all of them, greased them and torqued then to 80 ft pounds....the low end of the torque range spec. One month goes by, and I can't get them off!! Every one is very, VERY tight, breaking Craftsman sockets, etc. Another lug nut is rounded off and will have to be torched. I WILL say that the nuts have the stupid little sheet metal chrome caps. I won't use THEM again.
How do I get the wrecked nut off? Any trick tips or tools?
For really stuck nuts I don't even bother to mess with them anymore.
My steel wheels don't have recesses for lugs so the only time I've ever gotten a stuck nut like that I just put the 4-way on the lug and jump on it to snap the stud right off.
I keep a supply of those things since they seem to like to self destruct.
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Originally Posted by mrbates
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Not sure. I had the same issues and swapped lug nuts and only had one do it so far afterwards and i think my buddy cross threaded that one. Shouldnt need anything like grease on the threads, maybe anti-seize, but I haven't ever used anything. Just tighten down and then retighten after a drive.
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Thanks guys. Yeah, I thought about dissimilar metals. I'm a boat mechanic; so that's why I used anti-corrosion grease. (We don't like anti-seize because that sometimes has metal material in it, that causes more harm than good around salt water.) I have seen things under salt water for a summer that have not gotton this stuck. Goodyear said it was the heat from the brakes. Dunno. Pretty discouraging, though. I like fixing the Jeep but I don't like fixing stupid things twice. Funny; I had a CJ5 with aluminum wheels, "back in the day," and I used to have to keep checking the torque on them, or they would come loose. I just don't get it.