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Old 04-26-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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tire bolts snapped

Hi,

My dad was showing me how to change the tires on my car and for really tight bolts he told me to step on the crowbar for leverage to loosen it. So these bolts were on tight and i had to basically step on and put my whole weight on it and it still wouldn't budge. I started to bounce on it a bit and -pop, the bolt just snapped off with the nut and the crowbar.. It happened again with less force on the second one.. my rear wheel now has 2 bolts left on it holding the tire on. (in retrospect i should've seen this coming but i figured my dad knew what he was talking about so u know..)

ssoooo yeahh what exactly do i need to replace?and whats the pricerange i'm looking at?

i'm hoping i dont have to get whole new brakes or something...

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That often happens when you apply lots of torque too slowly. You end up twisting the bolt along with the nut. A air powered pneumatic wrench (aka impact wrench/gun) actually will do it better as it applies the torque very quickly and evenly. Before trying to remove the others apply some PB Blaster. Lug nuts are replaceable and there are several ways of doing it. A search will bring up several threads of how it can be done as this is a fairly common problem. Its also a testament to how important it is to properly torque you lug nuts when putting them on. You didn't mention whether it was the front or rear. "Sometimes" the front can be replaced without removing the rotor. If the rear, the drum has to be removed.
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i guess i feel a little better knowing that i'm not the only one who's done it...

Yeah, it was the rear one. I was looking at some videos of how to take off the drum but mine didn't seem to budge at all when i tried hammering it loose. There seems to be a lot of rust or something so i sprayed the bolts with wd40 and let it sit overnite.. hopefully it'll pop off easier tomorrow

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Usually when the lugs won't budge it's better to get a pipe and put it on the end of the tire iron so that way you have more leverage.
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were you turning the wrench the right way?
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were you turning the wrench the right way?
O dont be mean, that's my job.
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of course i was turning the right way.

"righty loosey, lefty tighty" right?. . . .........right?

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of course i was turning the right way.

"righty loosey, lefty tighty" right?. . . .........right?

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You are joking aren't you? I'm getting old and often can't tell when someone jerking my chain.
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=p I believe that was a joke. I sure hope so as well.
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I do believe he had intended that to be a joke. It is often hard to tell with words on a screen. Now back on subject here. If you had snapped the studs off you usually just have to replace them itself. But judging as how you have a 2003 I am sure those suckers are just rusted in there badly. Once you get the drum off I would inspect to see if the brake shoes needed to be replaced as well(not a bad idea since you already have the drums off). More than likely the drums will need to be turned or in some cases just completely replaced. Once you have the drums removed you can just hammer the lug studs out, make sure you hammer them out from the front of the drum. I think you can get new lug studs for like $1.99 or something like that maybe a bit more. It is going to be a PITA to get the new ones hammered back in though. You can probably take the drum to a local shop and they could use an air hammer to beat them in there for you. Hopefully this helps you out some.
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