I am sure all of us, at one point, have gone through the experience of getting ready to change a flat tire only to find that one of the lug nuts is rounded off. Frustrating, I know, but there are several ways to get that pesky nut loose and complete the job. Here are 5 Tips on How To Remove a Rounded off Lug Nut.
5 Tips on How To Remove a Rounded off Lug Nut
1. Your best bet is to be prepared. If you haven’t been acquainted with this predicament yet, chances are you will someday. Buy yourself a lug nut removal tool. These are reasonably priced at any auto part store. They are also available to purchase online. They often come in kits with several different sized sockets.
2. If you have a spare socket that is slightly smaller than the nut you’re trying to remove (or a 12 point socket you don’t care much about) you can hammer that socket on and remove it that way. A standard socket wrench or better yet a impact will get that nut loose.
3. Another way is to use a sharp chisel, flat-head screwdriver and a hammer. First, chisel a notch into the nut. Second, take your screwdriver and place it in the notch. Then using your hammer tap the screwdriver until the nut comes loose. Make sure you are tapping the nut counter-clockwise. (righty tighty, lefty loosey) Tap until you can remove it by hand. Spraying WD-40 into the threads will help loosen any gunk that may prevent the nut from turning.
4. I have only heard about this one. It involves using a grinder and a wrench. With a hand-held grinder create a flat side on the top and bottom of the nut. Then use the wrench to grip those sides and loosen the nut. Again, use a little WD-40 to help loosen the nut.
5. Finally, there is one thing I have seen the tire guys do in our shop when a nut is just too stubborn. It’s a combination of one of the above and heating the nut itself. This is usually done with the use of a blowtorch. It’s important to heat only the nut. Heat will cause the metal to expand, thus loosening the stubborn nut. Heating the bolt will just make its grip tighter. Once the nut is heated you can use one of the above methods to remove the nut.
I know some of these methods won’t work if you are stranded on the side of the road. That’s why it’s always best to be prepared. Have the tools on hand that you know you will eventually need. Just as everyone has, or should have, a set of jumper cables and a working jack with a tire iron, you should be prepared for the unexpected. But with a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can get by with what you have on hand. It is also a good idea to take your car in for an inspection afterward. This will ensure there was no unseen damage during the removal process.
You can watch the video below for more information on How To Remove a Rounded off Lug Nut off a vehicle wheel.