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Rounded off a lug nut

Should I take it in to a tire place? Or is there any easy eay that I can get it off?
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Well, I've pounded the next smaller metric socket on rounded off nuts and bolts.
Are you using six, or twelve sided sockets?
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I was using the wrench thats in the spare whell to take them off.

I dont think I could get it off with a standard socket. It seems like its too tight.
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I use a thickwall air ratchet socket to take mine off, so a regular deepwell socket shoult fit just fine.
BTW, I've never even taken my spare out to look at the jack or lugwrench.
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I don't know if they come in a size big enough, but those "easy outs" (may be called something else) from Craftsman do a pretty good job of removing rounded off nuts/bolts. If it's as tight as you say it may take some serious work to get it off. If you choose to beat on the next size smaller make sure you get a good heavy duty one as the last thing you need is a broken socket stuck on there too...
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Use a chisel on one side on the nut and give it hard hit(be careful no to slip). this will give you a place to set the chisel for the second hit to turn the nut off. The nut will spin right off. When I bought my 300M chrome wheels the guy at the junk yard had the locks off faster then he could do it with the key.
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I managed to hammer in a 19mm socket. I took at it with a socket wrench and a breaker bar. After some effort, I broke the wrench.

2nd try. Same socket. This time a craftsmen socket wrench. This one didnt break nearly as soon. But it still broke. It took the top part of the lug nut with it too.


If I can put enough force to break the lug nut in half, but yet not move it a mm, theres no way I can get it off myself. I'm off to the tire shop.
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At least you get a new Craftsman ratchet
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For future reference..

Craftsman Damaged bolt and nut remover..

http://www.sears.com/sr/product/summ...id=00952165000

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This just makes buying my 7.5 hp floor standing air compressor a better investment every day. Just hook up the air gun, crank the pressure up and spin that damn lugnut off(hopefully not anything else).lol
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For future reference..

Craftsman Damaged bolt and nut remover..

http://www.sears.com/sr/craftsman/wh...OOL&Tool_Id=45
If he snapped the socket and the lug nut, I don't think those would have helped at all. :crazy:

BTW, your link doesn't work...
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OR---- You can get a NEW, SHARP, cold chisel and CUT the nut off
longitudally(lengthwise). But by the time you get it 1/2 cut off, it'll break free!!!
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They make a tool for that sort of thing. Unfortunately..odds are you won't be able to find one to purchase anywhere, but the shops do have them. Forcing it with random objects is a bad idea because you risk damaging the threads on the bolt, too. So yes a shop would be your best bet.

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Tire shop got it off. Total charge - $9 and change. I was quoted $60 if they had to replace the stud.

I stoped by autozone and picked up a new 4 way, and 10 new lug nuts for the front tires.


But something odd happend. I start my car after they give the keys back to me, and I get a check engine light. They shouldnt of needed to open the hood at all.

I just checked, and its a code 31.

Haynes says:
"Problem with the canister purge soleniod circuit."

Hmmm...

*goes searching*
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Yea, I had a similar problem on my front right wheel where one lug nut just would not come off. I had gone to the tireshop to buy some new tires and my mount/balance appointment was for 9am and so I figured I could wait for them for like 2 hours and I was sure they'd be done in like half an hour later. Well, two hours went by and I asked them if my car was ready and he told me no because they tried to take it off and their Snap-On socket broke because the lugnut is so tight on there. To make a long story short, I got my car back by their closing time, at 6pm.
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