Pound the socket onto the lug nut with the hammer. Insert ratchet into the socket. Turn the ratchet to the left or counterclockwise to loosen the lug nut. Four steps, no damage to person or car, no trashed tools, so the final method is the preferred manner to remove a stripped lug nut.

How do you get a lug nut off that won't budge?

Can I use a breaker bar to remove lug nuts?

Breaker bars work on the basic principle that a longer handle creates more torque. An 18-inch breaker bar is the most common length. This produces enough torque to remove lug nuts from wheels without causing damage while still being short enough to handle smaller nuts in the engine.

What causes stripped lug nuts?

A stripped lug nut usually occurs when they're not torqued properly. This usually happens when it's over-torqued or overly tightened. Sometimes, when you take your car to the mechanic, they don't torque the lug nuts to specifications. This causes problems in the long run, one of which is a stripped lug nut.

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Is it possible to over tighten lug nuts by hand?

An impact gun uses compressed air and a hammering effect to quickly and noisily zip the lug nuts tight. The problem with impact guns is they're so powerful, one can easily over-tighten the nuts. If your lug nuts were tightened by hand I wouldn't be too concerned.

Is it OK to put anti-seize on lug nuts?

Permatex® does not recommend the use of any anti-seize product on wheel studs. Many people have used anti-seize for this applications, however, there is the potential for over-torqueing and therefore, higher clamp loads and potentially dangerous bolt stretch.

What can I use if I don't have a breaker bar?

How do you loosen a lug nut on a breaker bar?

How do you remove a wheel stud?

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