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Unread 01-04-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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grave lugnut/bolt problems... help!

here's the problem... two lug nut bolts in the rear have stripped to the point that they can't thread a lugnut on... on top of that, there are two lugnuts in the front that WILL NOT budge, even with an impact wrench at +/- 110 psi. I've actually stripped them a bit trying to get them off with a tire iron in addition to the impact wrench. Is it possible to go on safely with one lugnut missing on a given tire? I'd assume not, but I might as well ask. thanks to all who respond!

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Unread 01-04-2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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If you are asking if you wheel will fall off, then no it won't. You can drive while missing 1 lug but you do need to replace it. The torque on your wheel will be off and the rim could possible become out of round or twisted.
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Unread 01-04-2004, 02:59 PM   #3
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go to your local garage and they should have a special impact bit that will remove stipped lugs. We do it all the time for people. As for driving w/o one, don't!! Ive sen people snap their studs and completely lose a tire that way, not on a jeep but a similar 5 lug setup. Just go to a partsd store and get a new one for a dollar or so.

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Unread 01-04-2004, 03:00 PM   #4
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Also u might try heating it up wit a torch, I did that to get the locking lug off my spare cuz i didnt get the key for it.

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Unread 01-05-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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If the lug nut edges are rounded you might try and hammer on a 12 point socket wrench on and hope that it works. If the lug nut stud is stripped and you are unable to get the nut off you have a couple options.

If it is on the rear you can remove the axle shaft with the wheel attached and grind off the back of the stud and drive the stud out from the rear. I am not sure what to do on the front.

Lastly, use alot of WD 40 or liquid wrench.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 03:23 PM   #6
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If you can get the wheel and drum/disk off in you can drive out the wheel stud out of the axle/or front hub assembly and replace it with a new stud from any parts store.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 05:56 PM   #7
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I've gone through some lug nut headaches myself...I ended up drilling out the nut and replacing the stud of course. My problem was caused by someone putting the lugs on with an impact, which not only put them on too tight, but this weakens the POS aluminum cap on each nut. From now on, my studs get antisiezed and the nuts are never put on or taken off with an impact again.
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Unread 01-06-2004, 11:08 AM   #8
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i have encountered a couple lugnuts on my rear that would not come off. a 1/2" breaker bar and some muscle will sheer off the lug stud. then once the other nuts & the wheel are off, take the brake drum off and drive whats left of the stud through the axle flange with a hammer. then fish a new stud in from behind and you can draw the stud into the hole using a washer & a flat nut. as you tighten the nut it will draw the new stud through.
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Unread 01-07-2004, 11:17 PM   #9
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Thanks, all... I picked up some new lugs from 4wheel parts center (the stealership wanted $30 for 5!) and bolts from the stealership ($5.25 each for the rear). Guess I'll be using the torque wrench from now on
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Unread 01-07-2004, 11:25 PM   #10
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Make sure the lugnut studs are not damaged either, that might be what's causing it. That or someone put them on crooked which could have damaged the studs.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #11
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Okay I have a similar issue. A single lugnut us seized on mine. I've hit it with pb blaster and all, but the nut is totally stripped and what little bit is left it is.on so tight that I cannot loosen it. So any suggestions besides get a new lug nut.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 08:45 PM   #12
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Well, I guess no one can accuse you of not using the search function...

Twist the seized one until it comes off or snaps (not that hard to break a stud), then take your wheel off and drive the broken stud out through the back of the axle flange by hitting it with a hammer.

Put in a new one (a few bucks at any auto parts store) from the back, put your wheel back on, snug all your lug nuts in a star pattern, torque in a star pattern and go about your day.
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Unread 10-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #13
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once you get your problem taken care of ditch the OEM lug nuts with the silly chrome caps and get some real ones. i got black ones from Q-tech and the work and look great!!
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Unread 10-05-2011, 05:42 PM   #14
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I am missing a lug up front; it was rounded so I used a striped bolt remover and needless to say it wasn't going back on. In back I had a lug sieze on and stip. I used the remover and it just kept on eatting it away. Finally it had to be drilled out. It ain't going to hurt. I do second dlysle and say get new ones, oem ones are dumb.
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Unread 10-05-2011, 09:45 PM   #15
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i had my locking lug explode while trying to remove it, i ended up drilling out the stud, luckily it was on the wheel spacer not the hub so it was easy to replace. i no longer have locking lugs, now i have one piece black lugs i got from Q-tech
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