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    Lug Nuts Welded On

    Ok, not really, but...

    I'm trying to get the RF tire off for repair of a slow leak. I cannot get the lug nuts off even using my full strength. So I tried a "cheater" on a lug tool. I applied so much force, it bent the tool. Here's a picture...

    LugTool.jpg

    I finally stopped trying, and decided to post here to see if anyone had any suggestions. While waiting, I've sprayed the lug nuts with PB Blaster, as best as I could.

    Thanks,
    Thomas

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    Go for a drive, let it heat up from the brakes and then try it. Otherwise, I use a 1/2" socket wrench and a 3' pipe over the handle for things like this. Not trying to insult you, but crazy things happen all the time - be sure you're trying to go the right way to remove them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dn010 View Post
    Go for a drive, let it heat up from the brakes and then try it. Otherwise, I use a 1/2" socket wrench and a 3' pipe over the handle for things like this. Not trying to insult you, but crazy things happen all the time - be sure you're trying to go the right way to remove them.
    Can't drive it now, have a bad failing water pump. May try a heat gun as an alternative. Thanks.

    Yep, I used a 3' (or so) pipe over the lug tool (as well as a socket wrench). That's how I was able to apply so much force to bend the lug tool.

    No insult taken, thanks for offering suggestions. I'm 99.99999999% sure I was going the correct way...CCW anyway.

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    Those four way lug wrenches are made pretty cheap and will bend. I did the same thing many years ago. Your best bet is a good impact wrench (1000 ft/lbs reverse). But use a well made tool with a cheater pipe will probably work.
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    Dumbass lazy mechanics and their FU@#ING impacts set to max.

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    Hi Thomas,

    I used this principle to remove rusted hex nuts when I was refurbishing my exhaust: http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?14...-stock-exhaust



    It worked for me, of course it would be tough/tricky to do this on our lug nuts because they are recessed in a painted wheel.
    Last edited by DMC-81; 04-25-2019 at 01:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Dumbass lazy mechanics and their FU@#ING impacts set to max.
    Was going to comment this as well.

    Never tighten lug nuts (final pass) with an impact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Was going to comment this as well.

    Never tighten lug nuts (final pass) with an impact.
    This is one reason I have elected to do a lot of the work on my car myself. My neighbor has a lift and we have plenty of tools. I will not put an impact anywhere near my wheels because even loosening and pre tightening, they have a way of beating the lug sockets and lugs themselves up. It takes a few extra minutes but I'm not on flat rate so I don't care...unlike the mechanic who A: Doesn't give a shit about your wheels and B: Is more worried about getting the car off the rack before lunch than doing the job right.

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    Sounds like the problem I'm currently having with getting the calipers off to work on them. I can't budge the bolts, even after soaking in PB Blaster.
    Shannon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    Those four way lug wrenches are made pretty cheap and will bend. I did the same thing many years ago. Your best bet is a good impact wrench (1000 ft/lbs reverse). But use a well made tool with a cheater pipe will probably work.
    I start to worry when using cheaters to create massive torque that the fastener will snap or twist. Somehow the impact wrench seems safer.
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