How to Remove Stuck Lug Nuts

by John Smith
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It's really annoying when you go to change a tire and you encounter a lug nut that is stuck. It's much worse when you have a flat tire, it's dark and raining, the temperature is 35 degrees and you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no hope of receiving help. You can remove a stuck lug nut in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, some of the methods won't work if the nut is extremely stuck. Removing a stuck lug nut is largely a matter of trial and error.

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Step 1

Place a penetrating oil such as Liquid Wrench all around the nut. Let the oil seep in for 10 minutes. Remove the nut with a lug wrench. Let the oil seep in for a few hours if the nut is still stuck and you're not in a rush.

Step 2

Try a different wrench. A four-way wrench is much better than a wrench shaped like an "L'' because it gives you better torque. Many cars come with the wrench shaped like an "L.''

Step 3

Try removing the lug nut with an air gun. An air gun is the tool you see on TV where they quickly change tires in a race-car pit.

Step 4

Carefully heat the lug nut with a propane torch. Heat only the nut. The way it works is that a heated nut will expand more quickly than the unheated stud inside. Loosen the nut with a wrench.

Place a nut splitter on the nut. A nut splitter forces a wedge into the nut as you tighten it. The nut then splits in half and falls off.

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