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  • Topic: removal of stripped lug nut lock
  • Started by major Oct 1, 2008 at 7:41 am
  • Last post by major Oct 18, 2008 at 11:38 am
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  1. #1 Oct 1, 2008 at 7:41 am

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    Hi all,

    I have a stripped lug nut lock and I can't figure out how to get it off. Both the bolt and the matching lock nut are stripped, and the lug nut itself is perfectly round, so I can't get anything around it.

    Any suggestions on how to unscrew this thing without causing too much damage?

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  2. #2 Oct 1, 2008 at 9:44 am

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    If a pipe wrench won't fit, weld a regular nut on top of the stripped lock net, remove as per usual.
     

     

    Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall. Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

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  3. #3 Oct 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

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    Quote:
    Originally posted by mohrt  If a pipe wrench won't fit, weld a regular nut on top of the stripped lock net, remove as per usual.



    Already tried the pipe wrench solution last night, but the bolt has very little clearance.

    As for the welding, the bad news is that the lock bolt has a completely smooth side. Picture a small, steel medicine bottle. Perfectly smooth, no edges to grab onto. I even used a rasp to try to give me something to grab onto, with no success.
     

     

  4. #4 Oct 1, 2008 at 10:41 am

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    OK more ideas:

    * Try using locking pliers, or vice grips.

    * Try a faucet pipe wrench

    * Go find yourself a special "extracing" socket, they make them. They have teeth that bite into your stripped socket for removal.

    * Use a rotary tool with grinding edge to re-create the sides of the nut, see if you can get a wrench on it.

    * bust off the nut, replace the stud.
     

     

    Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall. Torque is how far you take the wall with you.
  5. #5 Oct 1, 2008 at 10:51 am

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    If you are going to try to remove the nut with one of the above methods, you might want to soak the threads with WD40, let them get as loose as possible. Also, heating up the nut with a torch will expand the metal a bit, and may help with the removal.
     

     

    Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall. Torque is how far you take the wall with you.
  6. #6 Oct 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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    Quote:
    Originally posted by mohrt  OK more ideas:

    * Try using locking pliers, or vice grips.

    * Try a faucet pipe wrench

    * Go find yourself a special "extracing" socket, they make them. They have teeth that bite into your stripped socket for removal.

    * Use a rotary tool with grinding edge to re-create the sides of the nut, see if you can get a wrench on it.

    * bust off the nut, replace the stud.




    mohrt,

    Thanks for all of the great ideas. The first 2 I've tried, and I decided to buy an extracting socket. We'll see.

    I also thought of of the rotary tool and making the sides of the nut, but I just can't see that working.

    Busting off the stud is my last resort.

    I'll keep you posted. I don't think this extracting socket is going to work.
     

     

  7. #7 Oct 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

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    I used to use this trick at the junkyard all the time. Find the tightest fitting socket you can find that comes close to fitting the lock and beat it on with a large hammer. Use an impact to remove it. You will ruin the socket but it usually works. Crude but effective. biggrin image
     

     

    Mike The g-body guy
  8. #8 Oct 2, 2008 at 10:20 am

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    many years ago we used a tool that would cut nuts off of bolts, don't know what the real name might have been but we always called them nutbusters. It was something like a socket with a v-shaped cutting edge that threaded into the side. you slip it over the nut and crank the v into it til it splits the nut in two.
     

     

  9. #9 Oct 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

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    they still make them, I found a link.
    http://www.no...0_34573_34573
     

     

  10. #10 Oct 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

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    Success at last!

    After trying everything else, I went for the brute strength method. Literally. No impact wrench. Just a socket, a big hammer, and a socket wrench. Wasn't easy, but it worked.

    Works like a charm, even if it does hose the socket!

    Thanks to all for all the great suggestions!
     

     

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