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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:31 AM   #1
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Seized lug nuts?

I was going to do an axle shaft swap this weekend, but I found that I have two lug nuts that are seized up on the bolts. I put an impact to them but nothing happened. I know if I put a lug wrench on them i will snap the bolts off my wheel spacers. Any suggestions on how to get them off without breaking them?:

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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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I was going to do an axle shaft swap this weekend, but I found that I have two lug nuts that are seized up on the bolts. I put an impact to them but nothing happened. I know if I put a lug wrench on them i will snap the bolts off my wheel spacers. Any suggestions on how to get them off without breaking them?:
i had the same thing happen... ended up braking them and replacing them. wasnt too hard.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:43 AM   #3
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I took a nut breaker to mine. at some point one of my lug nuts got cross threaded, and when I took an impact to remove it, it spun itself out of the axle shaft, wearing down all the little threads. only way to remove it was the nut breaker.

Took me about a half hour to snap the nut, remove the tire, brake assy. and reinstall a new stud.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:47 AM   #4
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I know it is easy to break off, I've had to do it before. I was looking for a way to do it so I wouldn't have to buy a new wheel spacer.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:49 AM   #5
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Why would breaking off a nut ruin the spacer? I replaced my stud because the Stud was stripped.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:51 AM   #6
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Why would you need to buy a new spacer? You should be able to just replace the stud.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:56 AM   #7
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I didn't think the studs were replacable on wheel spacers. learned something new.
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I would sure hope they are replaceable..I'd never buy $100 wheelspacer that would need replaced if I stripped a stud.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 09:42 AM   #9
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One good thing I learned years ago is to apply antiseize to the stud and lug nut threads to prevent this very thing. I always use it and haven't had a seized nut since. I did recently have 4-5 seized nuts but they were on the used TJ I bought recently that didn't have antiseize on the wheel stud threads. I had to use a breaker bar to get the nuts off which of course snapped the studs.
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One thing...DO NOT put a torch to anything.

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Unread 07-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #11
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One good thing I learned years ago is to apply antiseize to the stud and lug nut threads to prevent this very thing. I always use it and haven't had a seized nut since. I did recently have 4-5 seized nuts but they were on the used TJ I bought recently that didn't have antiseize on the wheel stud threads. I had to use a breaker bar to get the nuts off which of course snapped the studs.
When using antiseize on the studs, reduce the torque of the lug nuts by 10-20%...
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Unread 07-06-2010, 06:43 PM   #12
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you could try spraying them down with penetrating oil but it will most likely contaminate your brakes and you may need to replace them too.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 06:53 PM   #13
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simple really try hitting the socket with a hammer as you turn it Ive done that on every thing from cars too simitrucks works good
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Unread 07-06-2010, 08:12 PM   #14
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Try a breaker bar. You can break bolts loose that an impact can't move. Thats why they call it a breaker bar...
Use a cheater pipe if you have to.
ALWAYS use a breaker bar to begin to loosen highly torqued nuts, then the impact to run them off. Same with torquing them, don't hammer them on with the impact, torque by hand. Both will saves time and potential other screw ups.

If you do snap the stud off, no big deal. Easy fix.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 10:30 PM   #15
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Craftsman sells a set of nut removers. They work but the nut will not be reusable.
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