How Do You Remove A Stripped Lug Nut?

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One of the worst obstacles you can encounter while changing a tire is a stripped lug nut. No matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to get a good enough grip on it. Though uncooperative lug nuts can be a real pain in the neck, a little knowledge and some handy tools can get that lug nut off with in almost no time. Determine the cause. It may seem simple, but most "stripped" lug nuts aren't really stripped. The motorist is actually using the wrong tire iron. Some "locking lugs," for instance, require a special adaptor to make them turn. Be sure your tire iron is the correct size and type for the lug nut first. Lubricate it. Sometimes debris or rust gets in the threads of the lug nut and prevent it from moving. In these cases, a liberal dose of WD-40 or 3-in-1 oil may help loosen it up a bit and make the turning easier. Grip it. If the oil fails, use a set of "vice grip" pliers to get a firm grip on the lug nut. Adjust the pliers before clamping them down and locking them into ... more
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