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2007/06/14 00:00:14 (permalink)

Car prob (stuck wheel nut)

Went out to change a wheel on my car and one of the wheel nuts is absolutely stuck solid, i managed to get one nut cracked but the others are well stuck, I was jumping on the wheel brace, put so much force into trying to loosen them I managed to move the car with the handbrake on and they still won't come loose, any suggestions (apart from WD40, strongbar etc. as I have very little tools at my disposal) I need to change this wheel but theres zero point in taking it anywhere for such a simple job...
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    David223
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 00:04:03 (permalink)
    Put some muscle into it!!

    I'd just take it round kwick fit or something similar. Can't see them charging you for loosening a nut
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 00:09:33 (permalink)
    A breaker bar will get it off no problem.

    If you've only got the wheel brace try and put a scaffolding pole (or similar) over it to increase the leverage.

    Or like David says take it to kwik fit who will zip it off for you.

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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 09:35:02 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Danny.

    If you've only got the wheel brace try and put a scaffolding pole (or similar) over it to increase the leverage.



    This is the industry standard tool!
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 09:36:34 (permalink)
    Try wd40 first.

    Spray on lubricant.

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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 09:47:30 (permalink)
    Soak it in some penetrating fluid [can get from halfords]

    First of all you need to try using either a breaker bar or an extendable wrench.

    If that doesnt work buy a impact wrench from halfords [around £10-£15] that plugs into your ciggy lighter and will blast the nut loose.

    It does the job - I used it on all my seized suspension and exhaust parts with no probs at all.


    [or of course take it down your local kwick fit ]
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 09:50:37 (permalink)
    Take it somewhere! From previous experience, WHEN you round the nut off you are in a world of pain. Drilling the nut off or welding a bar onto the end... Not good compared to 2 mins and a fiver (if you get a jobs worth) in kwikfit.

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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 09:59:26 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: bertie


    ORIGINAL: Danny.

    If you've only got the wheel brace try and put a scaffolding pole (or similar) over it to increase the leverage.



    This is the industry standard tool!


    scaff it off
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 10:00:13 (permalink)
    and air impact gun to shock it works well or try and get some heat onto it.

    if you cannot got access to either then follow reds advice.
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 16:14:36 (permalink)
    A very thin oil, popped into a freezer bag, the wrapped around the wheelnut with a freezer bag tie or elastic band creating a portable "bath".

    After 20 minutes, TIGHTEN the wheel nut. It's locked in its position and the rust-seal won't give trying to loosen it, so break the seal by turning it in the tightening direction fractionally.

    I restore old motorbikes with bolts that may not have been loosened for 10 years or more and this works pretty much every time.
    post edited by rightyho - 2007/06/14 16:15:02
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 16:35:40 (permalink)
    Heat it up with a flame until it's well hot, then try and loosen it.
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 16:37:31 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Roger Mellie

    Heat it up with a flame until it's well hot, then try and loosen it.



    so your going to get something that is stuck out by expanding it?

    rightys method has worked for me before

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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 16:40:09 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Roger Mellie

    Heat it up with a flame until it's well hot, then try and loosen it.


    sorry if im being silly but heating it will make the metal expand, will this not make the problem worst???

    Or is making the metal expand the idea? To break the seal or something?

    EDIT : Sivvy1 beat me too it
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 16:42:01 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: oarornothing

    ORIGINAL: Roger Mellie

    Heat it up with a flame until it's well hot, then try and loosen it.


    sorry if im being silly but heating it will make the metal expand, will this not make the problem worst???

    Or is making the metal expand the idea? To break the seal or something?

    EDIT : Sivvy1 beat me too it


    The problem with heating is that the two surfaces will have different rates of expansion. If the inner expands quicker than the outer you may end up almost welding them together.

    I'd avoid this method altogether.
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 18:21:17 (permalink)
    It's just something I seen a gas fitter do, which worked fine. Surely in that case the metal should have expanded and made it more difficult as well - but it didn't.
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 18:59:08 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Roger Mellie

    It's just something I seen a gas fitter do, which worked fine. Surely in that case the metal should have expanded and made it more difficult as well - but it didn't.


    I'd have thought the outer casing would have had a lower density - making it expand more readily than the inner in that situation.
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 19:05:34 (permalink)
    Use a good size bar apply pressure then hit the end of the socket HARD with a hammer .it needs a shock!!
    Or just tell it you have boned its mother/sister

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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 20:35:08 (permalink)
    Saying that when Im trying to get a cap of an immersion heater off I find heating it up for a couple of mins with mt blow tourch helps wonders
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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 20:47:53 (permalink)
    stick a hollow 4 foot bar on the end of the socket and make some more torque

    recovering from impingement and itbs ffs


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    RE: Car prob (stuck wheel nut) 2007/06/14 21:17:39 (permalink)
    heating it up will work,as will a scaffold bar(or similar)

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