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post #1 of 7 Old 09-15-2020, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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broken lug nut

Hi all,
Well I lost my lower ball joint this morning while returning from a work trip. The ball joint came out about 3 miles from home so I called AAA and they towed me home.
The car is in front of my house and I was going to take the wheels off....but.... one of the lug nuts wouldnt turn so my friend suggested i try to cut off the lug nut. Well 3 hours later the stud and lug nut are even with the wheel and I can't remove the wheel.
Any other way to get this off??
I will do anything you suggest now.
Thanks,
Mitch

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-16-2020, 10:37 AM
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Drill it out. Start with a small bit and work your way up. It takes time and a lot of patents. Good luck.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-16-2020, 10:52 AM
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Can you get a socket on the lug anymore? If so, heat the lug up with a small torch for a little bit, get a big breaker bar and put a pipe on the end. Use all your force and go clockwise to tighten it to it's death. You might get lucky and snap the lug off. If that don't work you have to drill the lug. The lugs are very hard and take forever to drill. Get lots of drill bits and I recommend a corded drill with lots of torque.

Also, you will need a new wheel hub.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-16-2020, 11:09 AM
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im hoping you mean it would turn the stud with the lug cause if it was just stuck get a really big bar and it will either turn or snap off and yuou can then replace..... also how flush are we talking ... like you took the tip off or the entire lug is off . if the entire lug is cut off the wheels could be hub centric and you may have to pry them off with a 6 foot bar ( i have to on a 2018 JK) as stated above drilling could work but watch depth and try not to drill into the hub if the stud is tight still and just the nut was stuck then if the hub is undamaged you can just pound in a new wheel stud ( or all if they look bad) but yes if the stud is spinning in the hub you can either get an oversized stud to fit ( its designed to fix a spinning stud) or yes a whole new hub like stated above.

if the lug is still there and you have space around the lug you can try to chisel through the lug and the edge of the threads and try to split the lug, but it there is no space thats about impossible.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-17-2020, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for everyones advice, I'm on it now.
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How'd it work out?

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The only nut giving me a hard time is the upper control arm under the steering linkage, I just can't get it to budge?
Any tricks?
Mitch
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