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Stuck Socket, Stripped Lugnut

Since I bought my jeep, I have used a 3/4" socket for my lug nuts. I noticed how the stock lug nuts were junk, and for some reason, I refused to use a 19mm.

Problem #1: I was rotating my tires the other day, using a 12pt 3/4" socket. The socket started slipping so I switched to the 19mm, having to tap it on (lightly). The 19mm slipped in both directions and now I can't get the socket out.

Problem #2: If I were to get the socket out, I still have a stripped lug nut that I can't get off and no way to get an Easy-Out down to it.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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post #2 of 12 Old 07-20-2015, 08:59 AM
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You just stripped the cap that goes over top the lugnut

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You just stripped the cap that goes over top the lugnut
That's what I was hoping, but I still can't get the socket off.

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If what I see in the center of the socket is the metal cover on the nut, it looks like when the socket slipped, it bunched up the cover material and it's jammed the socket against the wheel.
Have you tried inserting a long extension and wiggling it side-to-side, to loosen it?

If you get the socket out, carefully chisel the cover off the nut. It will reveal a smaller six point nut. A six point socket of the correct size should bring it out.

I haven't had a problem with my stock lugnuts using a six point socket on them.

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If what I see in the center of the socket is the metal cover on the nut, it looks like when the socket slipped, it bunched up the cover material and it's jammed the socket against the wheel.
Have you tried inserting a long extension and wiggling it side-to-side, to loosen it?

If you get the socket out, carefully chisel the cover off the nut. It will reveal a smaller six point nut. A six point socket of the correct size should bring it out.

I haven't had a problem with my stock lugnuts using a six point socket on them.
It's not wedged against the wheel. I've wiggled it, spun it in both directions, put a slide hammer on it, and it's still there.

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Lesson for the day. Use a 6 point deep well socket for lug nuts.

12 point sockets have their place, and this is not one of them.


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I gave up and took it to the local trusted tire shop. The socket is not slipping on the nut, the stud is stripped out at the flange. I have 15" wheels so he can't pull the caliper with the wheel mounted in order to get the axle out to cut the stud off from the back side. Looks like he is going to have to torch everything out from the front. We will see how it goes.

Side Note - I got my tires re-balanced about a month ago and I suspect they put my wheels on with a good dose of impact wrench and didn't bother to check the torque.

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Side Note - I got my tires re-balanced about a month ago and I suspect they put my wheels on with a good dose of impact wrench and didn't bother to check the torque.
After my new tires were installed, I got home and checked the lug nuts to make sure I could remove them with the regular breaker bar I keep in the jack compartment. They were all too tight, and on at least 6 of them, I had trouble with a 4 foot pipe on the bar. I've had similar experiences at every tire shop I've been to in the past, too, whether or not I asked them to use a proper torque wrench.

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Got the jeep back without a boogered up wheel, all new lug nuts, and appropriate torque on all the ones I checked.

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going forward , as stated , a deep walled , six point socket of appropriate size with an extension suited for impact and a breaker bar or torque wrench and this will be parked away as a lesson learned ...that being use the right tool and trust no one to work on your Jeep but you .


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going forward , as stated , a deep walled , six point socket of appropriate size with an extension suited for impact and a breaker bar or torque wrench and this will be parked away as a lesson learned ...that being use the right tool and trust no one to work on your Jeep but you .
They are all spline drive, so no more wrong socket

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They are all spline drive, so no more wrong socket
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