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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 10, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

I have a stripped lug nut stud with the lug nut still attached. Everything is turning when I try to remove the lug nut. Has anyone encountered this problem, and what was the solution? I'm thinking that I have to drill out the stud past the lug nut as the only way. Is there any other way?

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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

I have never encountered your particular situation, but a nut splitter might work.


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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

Depending on the wheel you can maybe use a cut-off wheel to split the nut length wise ?

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The rim is powder coated, should I attempt to tighten the lugnut to see if I can seat the stud? I think drilling out the stud may be the only option.

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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

Front or rear?

Rear would be easier - pull the axle with the wheel attached. You could then grind off the stud from the back side of the axle or tack weld the stud to the axle and spin the nut off. Discs would complicate things a bit.

Front - Hmmmm. Tack weld the stud to the hub from the back side, or less likely, remove the bearing castle nut and pull the whole thing off, but I doubt you'd have access.

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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

If its on the rear I would pull the axle like mentioned before. If its on the front I would say the drill method would be the best to keep from damaging the wheel.. just be sure to use a center punch before hand to keep the drill bit from slipping off and hitting the wheel.

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If it is a standard nut, try this. I have drilled nuts in half with a small drill bit on either side of a stud, then split them off with a small chizel.

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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

It's the rear. So there should be no problem just removing the entire axle? The drum wuold come off too.

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After you remove the pin and the cross shaft in the differential and remove the c-clip, pull straight out on the wheel as much as possible. If you rotate the wheel while pulling it off you could get the spider gears in the diff all wanky.

The other possible bugaboo would be that you have really big tires and very little clearance between the tire and the inner wheelhouse, because after the cross shaft is out of the differential, you have to push in on the axle (wheel in this case) about 1/2" or so to get the c-clip off of the end of the axle.


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Re: Stripped Lug nut Stud Removal Question

UPDATE:

Drilled each side of the lug nut and used a small chisel to separate.

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