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Old 04-25-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Lug nut fears and tears

Got the Mcgard 64010 lug nuts delivered today and began replacing the stock lug nuts with the
“lovely “covers on them.
As I feared, several are just spinning which must be the cover separating from the lug nut ....at any rate even the 6 point socket isn’t getting these lug nuts to turn . After more than a lot of attempts it’s time to take a deep breath and ask....is there a solution for getting these off?!!!
Last year when at the dealer for something else I mentioned that one of the nuts wasn’t coming off and asked if they’d look at it. They sure did...a $60 look for that lug nut to be taken off and replaced!

(These darn things are starting to make my next project of installing the new pd4655vl converter look more fun!!! Ugggg)

Any suggestions to solve the lug nut problem would be appreciated !!

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Old 04-25-2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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Sorry, have not had this challenge but I do have a possible.

6 pt socket, but do you have metric sizes? POSSIBLY a metric size might fit better or go on with a mild hammer tap.

This is a time for patience.
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Have you gotten the cover off...that would be the first thing to do. With the cover off finding a 6pt socket that will fit tight enough to remove the nut will be a lot easier.👍
My aging grey cells bring 16mm to the fore...maybe.

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One of these things may help.

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Soc...gateway&sr=8-3
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Havnt been able to get the covers off��

I have a 16mm but not a deep socket .

Maybe a blow torch would get these covers off...
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Havnt been able to get the covers off��

I have a 16mm but not a deep socket .

Maybe a blow torch would get these covers off...
Try cutting the end cap on the cover with a dremel wheel. I believe you could then tear the cover, or split it with a screwdriver and/or a very small chisel.
I only had this issue with one nut before replacing all with McGard. It split a little on it's own. I exploited that split as described above.
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Havnt been able to get the covers off��

I have a 16mm but not a deep socket .

Maybe a blow torch would get these covers off...
NO!!! blo...

If you can get a flat screwdriver in the cracks they tear pretty easily, then grab and edge with vice grips and twist & pull away.

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I have 12 of the 24 that won’t budge .
I’ll keep trying to cut the caps and pry them off so I can get a grip on the nut.

Will have to borrow a dremel wheel from a friend and try that too....
This is definitely an effort in futility so far !
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Vice Grip pliers on the covers.
I had the same problem on my 34' a couple years ago. 36 lug nuts, about a third were spinning.
I clamped really tight right at the end, to deform the nut cover. Leverage up and down a couple times then then readjust the pliers tighter, then leveraged and rotate to rip the cover right off.
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Screwdriver , hammer and a lot of stubborn whacks on the ends of caps until they cracked ....then the rest was easy to get the lug nuts off.
Wouldn’t wish this on anyone that’s for sure! So glad I replaced these in my driveway and didn’t get caught with a flat somewhere !!
Thanks for all the suggestions!!!
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I pulled my mangled covers off with locking pliers
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I pulled my mangled covers off with locking pliers
Does AS still use these lug nuts? If not when did they stop? I have a 2017 FC and *think* mine are solid... but I’ve been wrong before...
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Does AS still use these lug nuts? If not when did they stop? I have a 2017 FC and *think* mine are solid... but I’ve been wrong before...


Good question. Mine’s a 2012 and it had the caps. I just replaced my tires this year and brought 24 of the McGards with me. About 3/4 of them were cracked. The tire shop had no problem removing them with the air guns. I’m glad I replaced them though. The idea of having them spinning while on the side of the road wasn’t appetizing. They hand tightened the McGards to 110# with their torque wrench (no air guns) and I checked after 50 miles with my torque wrench. Glad I got them!
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Best to check your lug nuts . If they spin and won’t come off you most likely have the dreaded covers on them. Then you end up with this pile of junk!
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