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What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby Leon » May 16th, 2012, 10:37 pm

I did some googling and I realised that there is a socket that is supposed to be able to do it.
Apart from that - hammer and a chisel.
Failing which - a cutting torch.

Any ideas? Or can you recommend someone that will do it?

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby rmlmv » May 16th, 2012, 10:46 pm

Have a welder weld a nut onto it. Muffler shop.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby gastly369 » May 16th, 2012, 10:48 pm

rmlmv wrote:Have a welder weld a nut onto it. Muffler shop.


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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby Leon » May 16th, 2012, 11:16 pm

Sounds like a good idea. Thanks.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby *$kїđž!™ » May 16th, 2012, 11:20 pm

i actually had to weld / burn out mines......

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby Leon » May 16th, 2012, 11:31 pm

Somebody stole about 4 of my lug nuts..and I think the ones that round off were some cheap ones I got for free at the tire shop.

Cheap ting no good.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby ^Pretty^ » May 16th, 2012, 11:58 pm

try a machine shop

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby MG Man » May 17th, 2012, 12:10 am

cut a notch into it with a dremel, then use a cold chisel and hammer.............simple and very effective
depending on the size, Craftsman has bolt removers which are quite expensive, but are somewhat bulky and won't always fit in a bolt hole recess

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby shogun » May 17th, 2012, 12:13 am

Leon wrote:Somebody stole about 4 of my lug nuts..and I think the ones that round off were some cheap ones I got for free at the tire shop.



my valve caps seem to be a delicacy of trini thieves.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby eurotuner » May 17th, 2012, 12:48 am

Well, i've seem my dad use this method for allot of rounded off Nuts....
He would use a size smaller socket(if d /nut/whatever is 13mm, he will use 12mm)
and he'd get a hammer and with a few good taps( 3-4)
he would force it on the nut and just he just screw it out.
ive seen this... like a million x lol

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby jm3 » May 17th, 2012, 12:52 am

i have a socket called a gator grip it works pretty well they sell them in bhagwansinghs.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby *$kїđž!™ » May 17th, 2012, 1:22 am

jm3 wrote:i have a socket called a gator grip it works pretty well they sell them in bhagwansinghs.


my nuts are pretty tough to take out ...the key broke a few times already....will check for this socket......

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby X2 » May 17th, 2012, 1:27 am

If you have access to a gator grip... try it... but the head is normally too big to fit into most wheels (Particularly aftermarket and tuner wheels.

Otherwise, this method is the normal answer:

eurotuner wrote:Well, i've seem my dad use this method for allot of rounded off Nuts....
He would use a size smaller socket(if d /nut/whatever is 13mm, he will use 12mm)
and he'd get a hammer and with a few good taps( 3-4)
he would force it on the nut and just he just screw it out.
ive seen this... like a million x lol

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby hong kong phooey » May 17th, 2012, 2:04 am

as rmlmv said, take it to a muffler shop. They will use the tig, no damage to your stud. if you from south there is a shop near southern sales. Is about 30 dollars to do it i think .

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby geodude » May 17th, 2012, 5:49 am

X2 wrote:If you have access to a gator grip... try it... but the head is normally too big to fit into most wheels (Particularly aftermarket and tuner wheels.

Otherwise, this method is the normal answer:

eurotuner wrote:Well, i've seem my dad use this method for allot of rounded off Nuts....
He would use a size smaller socket(if d /nut/whatever is 13mm, he will use 12mm)
and he'd get a hammer and with a few good taps( 3-4)
he would force it on the nut and just he just screw it out.
ive seen this... like a million x lol


did this many times as well, a hex type socket is usually the best type to use.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby UML » May 17th, 2012, 6:34 am

had this problem recently......got it out by madman Chungs in Couva (north of KFC) opposite Stay Cool

what he did was welded a handle to the nut and turned it until it came out.


i hope its not this type

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i changed the whole set the same day......good thing i did....cause i went toco a few days later and got a flat.

i bought this type

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but silver to it....no complaints.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby xtech » May 17th, 2012, 7:21 am

boy if you buy the cheap china version of that an the tire man use ah powerful air gun on it trust me it will round of.....seen it happen to ah fella lol.......

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby SmokeyGTi » May 17th, 2012, 7:24 am

^^ ditto, i fraid them thing...in fact my lock nuts starting to round off because of that very same thing.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby ray d saint » May 17th, 2012, 7:45 am

jm3 wrote:i have a socket called a gator grip it works pretty well they sell them in bhagwansinghs.



This!!!!

Works like a charm... had this same issue a couple months back and this worked as my solution..

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby RBphoto » May 17th, 2012, 7:45 am

Don't worry about damaging the stud. It is only like about 20 bucks for a new one.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby altec » May 17th, 2012, 7:49 am

i had to weld onto the nut. I protected the rim from sparks by cutting a small hole in a towel, soak the towel and cover the rim with the hole giving access.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby a little louder » May 18th, 2012, 5:10 pm

weld a nut to the wheel nut and you good to go

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby BANzai Rastafarai » May 18th, 2012, 5:55 pm

Image

that is all.

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby trent » May 18th, 2012, 6:16 pm

eurotuner wrote:Well, i've seem my dad use this method for allot of rounded off Nuts....
He would use a size smaller socket(if d /nut/whatever is 13mm, he will use 12mm)
and he'd get a hammer and with a few good taps( 3-4)
he would force it on the nut and just he just screw it out.
ive seen this... like a million x lol


used this method already...very easy!

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby trent » May 18th, 2012, 6:19 pm

i bought this type

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but silver to it....no complaints.[/quote]

anybody knows wher i can get a red set like these ^^^?

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby MG Man » May 18th, 2012, 6:55 pm

*$kїđž!™ wrote:
jm3 wrote:i have a socket called a gator grip it works pretty well they sell them in bhagwansinghs.


my nuts are pretty tough to take out ...the key broke a few times already....will check for this socket......


sounds like u over-tightening them...........most people don't realize you're supposed to tighten wheel nuts to a specific torque

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby pugboy » May 18th, 2012, 6:59 pm

tell them airgun men that
for safety its best to oil the threads too

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby geodude » May 19th, 2012, 10:03 am

trent wrote:i bought this type

Image

but silver to it....no complaints.


anybody knows wher i can get a red set like these ^^^?[/quote]

i would like this info also

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Re: What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby gastly369 » May 19th, 2012, 11:05 am


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What's the best way to remove a rounded off wheel nut?

Postby Hook » May 19th, 2012, 1:29 pm

did the author of this thread post his location or a pic of the offensive wheel nut yet?

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