Lug Nut Migraine

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Old 10-23-11, 01:04 PM
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Lug Nut Migraine

Hello,

Attempting to work on a 1996 Nissan Maxima that I recently purchased and am having trouble getting the wheels off.

Previous owner left a combination of hex nuts and lug nuts, and the lug nuts won't budge. I've put heat on them, penetrating oil, used a socket with an extension of pipe over the handle as a breaker bar, and haven't budged them. All I have are some damaged sockets.

Advice on next steps? Do I need to purchase something?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 10-23-11, 02:22 PM
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Impact socket, heavy duty breaker bar, and a longer pipe. If you twist off the studs, just replace them.
 
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Old 10-23-11, 03:34 PM
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The damaged sockets are most likely 12 point.
A six point socket which you should be using for tight nuts would not strip but would break.

Not sure if you are set up with air tools but a 1/2" impact wrench with a six point socket would take those off quite easily.
 
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"Previous owner left a combination of hex nuts and lug nuts, and the lug nuts won't budge."

I'm not sure what this statement means ....
 
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Old 10-24-11, 06:31 AM
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I was guessing by hex nuts he meant common hardware nuts vice automotive lug nuts.
 
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Old 10-24-11, 08:58 PM
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1. try Griptite. Sears sells them.
2. yeah... I had Ranger that had similar issue on one wheel only. Lug nuts will almost weld themselves to the studs. Still do not know why.
3. Before you start ripping studs, with mile long breaker bars and couple 300Lb buddies, make sure you have service access to them from behind the spindle. MANY cars do not have that and replacing a stud = disassembling entire hub and spindle.
 
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Old 10-25-11, 05:39 AM
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If it's aluminum rims and steel lugs, galvanic corrosion.
 
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Old 10-25-11, 08:02 AM
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O/T ....Once had an old car, want to say Dodge but don't really remember. Right hand lug nuts passenger side and left hand thread drivers side. Not your problem but remember my cussing the first time I tried to remove lug nuts on the left side.
 
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Old 10-25-11, 08:25 AM
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My wrecker has it like that. More than once I've gone to take wheel off for some maintenance and forgot.
 
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Old 10-25-11, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by the_tow_guy View Post
If it's aluminum rims and steel lugs, galvanic corrosion.
yes sir!!! I had this on our Chrysler LeBaron, one of our all time favorite vehicles. I ripped so many studs on it, can't tell how many. But it was easy fix, I made provision in the dust shield to simply hammer them out and stick back in from behind the hub. That's when I learned not to use aftermarket lugs on alloys. They must be right length, shape, have little washers, and all that, or bust.
 
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