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Old 02-02-2008, 06:52 AM   #1
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striped lug nut on rear drum cant get wheel off.

stock alloy rim on rear. One of the studs striped in spline and cant remove the lug nut that is holding the wheel on. So wheel is still on the car and when i turn the lug nut it just turns the stud in the drum. Any ideas how i get the wheel off?? Driving on 3 at 95pounds and one striped in spline so i guess iam driving on 3.5.


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Old 02-02-2008, 07:06 AM   #2
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you can drill right threw the stud but be careful not to hit the wheel
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Old 02-02-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
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Thinking out loud here........I'm guessing you'll have to remove the drum with the wheel attached by removing the four bolts on the back of the hub/drum assembly. Not sure if there would be enough room to get to the big axle/bearing nut off by going through the hole in the center of the wheel (the other way to remove the drum). Clearances (whether hole in wheel is big enough to get socket through) could be an issue depending on the wheel etc. Once you have the drum off you should be able to get a hold of the back side of the stud with some vise grips. The only other idea is to try to split the lug nut but I'm guessing again that could get messy and possibly damage the wheel.

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Old 02-02-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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I might be mis-understanding the problem so sorry if I am. But you could always break off the stud with an air tool and just replace it. Or have a Les Schwab or some tire place do it.
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Another idea and it depends on how loose you got it initially, loosen the other lug nuts, then see if you can get a hack saw blade or better yet a sawz all blade between the wheel and drum and cut the stud off. You'll still have to remove the drum to replace it. If a stud can no longer be seated in the hole you'll have to replace the drum. If you're really in a financial pinch you could use some JB Weld to hold it in or put a spot weld or two on the head of the stud to the drum.
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Are you able to get anything behind the lug nut? Reason I ask is take a pry bar and place the end behind the lug nut. Place a rag or towel on your rim where the pry bar will make contact and pry against the lug nut. Then try backing off the lug nut.

If that doesn't work. I would just split the lug nut or drill a section fo the lug nut then try and split it.
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