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Old 04-14-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone have advice on how to get a rounded (mostly) lug nut off? Besides setting the car on fire?

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well I know sears has this kit of sockets that removes rounded off nuts and bolts. I have a set and really don't know what I would do without it sometimes! I forget exactly what they call the set tho.

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They're called Bolt-Out and they sell different sizes there in sets. Each set is about $20
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get a socket that doesn't quite fit. pound it over the lug, unscrew lug.

Pound socket off, return to store for a new on if it has a life time warrenty
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I tried the different size sockets by pounding them on. Tried for 45 minutes. Looks like I'll have to drive around with 2 chrome rims and two crap rims until I fix this. I'll have to check out this kit you're talking about WJC. Would AA or Pepboys have something like this?
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Yes a autopart store might have it.
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Thanks guys. I'm going to be a ricer for the next hour while I drive around with two nice rims.
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I'm thinking that AA would, but never been to a pepboys before, so no idea on that.
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We used to use 'Nut Busters' that would actually crack the nut in half. I haven't seen one in years though and now that I rotate my own tires I haven't needed one. I don't think they would fit in many rims anymore. If you're working in a tight pace (recessed nuts) you might have to drill soome holes thru the nuts (parallel tot he stud) and use a cold chisel to see if you can crack them off that way. Good luck.
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Pliers???
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Pliers... let me grab the needle nose, that should do it!

I originally was thinking of trying to break the lug. But I went to AA and found the kit made by IRWIN. It took a bit of time, but I eventually got it off. My saving grace was the fact that I got a 3-ton jack on my way home. The lug nut still would not come off even with the special socket. I had to use the long handle from the jack I just bought which gave me enough leverage to get it off. If I didn't just get that jack I don't know where I'd be right now.

It'* the small things that make me happy. But it'* also the small things like this that get me t'd off and put me in a bad mood sometimes. I got some locking lugs to stop the thieves, and some OE replacements in case any get rounded off again.
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