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lovelock

Suggestions on removing this snapped wheel nut

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Hi,

so this happened:

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There is about 3mm of the nut left on there but as you can see its just the rounded part.

They are pretty week so I imagine I could chisel that top off, but am I right in thinking there is the tapered part still in there which will need removing too?

only option I can think of is to get a screw driver and try to unscrew it by hitting it out.

Any other suggestions failing that??

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can you hammer a smaller socket onto it? Failing that its hub off and small grinding disc from behind.

don't be tempted to try and chisel it unless you are HOLDING IT FIRM, a buddy had the same thing and set the chisel in then stood back and whacked it, nothing holding the chisel which flew out and bust his lip.

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they say a deep socket whack on the end normally works , we did it once to a corsa wheel once and it worked great

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they say a deep socket whack on the end normally works , we did it once to a corsa wheel once and it worked great

have heard of this one actually. Ill give it a go later :)

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If you've only got 3mm of rounded nut left, hammering a socket on is unlikely to work - you'll probably have to drill out the stud, then fit a new one.

Unless you have access to a mig - you could weld a smaller hex head onto it.

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I think Paulus has covered the 2 I would suggest. I lost the key nut from my corsa years back so had to remove 4 studs, drilled them out. Took a while and destroyed a drill bit but got there in the end.

Plan b was welding

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Thanks for all the replies.

Yep, ali tuner nuts... most have bent whilst taking them off and still have the other side left yet to take off, hopefully none snap there.

Looks like it'll be a trip to Toyota to get a wheel stud and get the drill out.

Any suggestions on strong wheel nuts?

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nuts4wheels.com uk company and quality product mate, look for my "tuner nuts" thread in the consumables thread ;)

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I would try a small and sharp chisel to try and turn it before drilling it, so make a dent in it and then tap it round

have used studs if you dont want to go to toyota

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nuts4wheels.com uk company and quality product mate, look for my "tuner nuts" thread in the consumables thread ;)

I looked before but couldn't find it... :/

EDIT: Found it.

Come across these steel ones which look the same to mine now, but not aluminium!

http://www.driftworks.com/gt50-steel-wheel-nuts-with-key-5-colours-available.html

Same as on the nuts4wheels site but cheaper.

EDIT 2: Just ordered the GT50 nuts from Nuts4wheels as was £2 more with 1st class recorder as opposed to driftworks budget 6 day courier.

£44, but happy to pay double that of the aluminium ones. Pay cheap pay twice!

I would try a small and sharp chisel to try and turn it before drilling it, so make a dent in it and then tap it round

have used studs if you dont want to go to toyota

Messaged you before but you said the standard nuts wouldn't fit these wheels :(

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aluminium has much higher thermal expansion coefficient than steel, 22 to 12 (micrometers/meter per Kelvin).

If you cool down your wheels aluminium nuts and wheels will shrink more than steel, releasing tension in the cone area, but tightening fit on the stud.

Considering current temperatures attacking them first thing in the morning should give you best chances of success.

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No need to drill the stud. Drill a hole in the side of the nut itself, use a small bit so that you can be precise, but large enough to take out most of the side of the nut. then split the nut off of the bolt.

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thanks for the suggestions!

I have friday off work so first thing in the morning I will try and remove it.

Ill try to hit a socket over the top first, then ill go for the chisel on the side to spin it out and if that fails ill destroy it slowly with a drill.

New nuts came today, feel much better in steel thats for sure!

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what was the outcome mate?

Not much so far! After a while of chiselling etc the aluminium becomes compact and harder.

I have now bought a load of small drill bits and just going around the stud.

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Someone didn't hold the ratchet head square when pulling the handle.

I would suggest application of heat from a blowtorch then use an air chisel or SDS drill & chisel on hammer only. Hold towards middle first to make a notch then turn so it's hammering it undone.

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