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Old 01-13-2018, 01:09 PM   #1
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Removing lug nuts due to flat solid or capped?

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Luckily the nail in the tire was discovered in the driveway.
I was trying to remove the lug nuts to take the tire off. Using a 3/4 inch socket the first came off fine. The second the cap broke off. (See pics above.) How do I remove the lug nuts?
This has not happened when I check the torque.


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Old 01-13-2018, 01:15 PM   #2
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A 6 point socket should still fit the nut.

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Old 01-13-2018, 01:59 PM   #3
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Ford, Toyota and a couple of other mfg's use caps on some of their lug nuts. Best thing to do is use a variety of sockets. Only use 6 point and don't use an impact gun.

If the nut is new or it looks like it is still in really good shape then use the socket that fits the tightest.

If the nut has some slight damage or marks then use the socket that is a tight fit or slightly small. You might have to force the socket on.

If the nut is in really bad shape you're going to have to use a smaller socket, line it up and force it on. I usually use a mallet to get it on.

To remove the stuck nut from the socket you can place it in a vise and knock it out with a bolt.

I keep spare lug nuts, various sockets and breaker bar with me. BTW, if you are using stock wheels it's not as easy as replacing the capped ones with solid ones. Ford for example has a patent on the angle of the taper. You can buy solid lug nuts that fit the thread but they won't seat properly with stock wheels.
Good luck.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:23 PM   #4
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Those things are nothing but a pain. I discovered mine like the OP... in my driveway where I had access to a multitude of tools. Even then, they put up a fight. I promptly replaced them with solid nuts.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yup, very early on we replaced Airstream’s terrible original capped lug nuts with solid ones.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:58 PM   #6
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I had the same problem. I found this video on how to get them off and it worked pretty good. Each one came off in about a minute.

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Old 01-14-2018, 10:19 AM   #7
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A great thread relating to this problem can be found here


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