05-24-2019, 09:18 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: florida, FL
What I Drive: 2001 black zx3
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Originally Posted by kwms56
I've had issues with these ridiculous Ford lug nuts on three vehicles. Recently I bought a 2014 Escape and took it to have new tires installed. The installing company refused because of damage to many of the lug nuts. They were deformed, rounded off, etc. They said if I could get them loose and put new ones on, they'd install my tires.
I've had similar experiences with two Focuses I've owned plus my son's Focus.
So my advice is this. I got really nice, solid steel chrome lug nuts in a set off of ebay. 16 nuts for my Focus was something like $15 delivered. I got a set of 20 for the Escape for about $20 delivered.
There are some nifty "damaged lug nut remover socket sets" that can be had for around $20 to $30. I got one, again off ebay, and it came with around five sockets that cover the range of common lug nuts out there. Rather ingenious, and much harder to describe than to just look at and go "Ahh." There are some reverse tapered grooves that enable the socket to engage the damaged points of the lug nut and grip tighter as the socket is turned in a counterclockwise direction. Works like a charm, and while I may never use them again in my lifetime, they were awesome even if it was a one-time use.
Finally, I bought myself a really cool little "torque multiplying" lug nut removal tool set in a compact little blow molded case. It also was on ebay. Around $40. I'm 63 years old, and if I get caught on the road with a flat and need to put on the spare, I don't want to struggle with lug nuts overtorqued by some bozo at a tire store...or a Ford dealer. The tool set I have uses a gear box reduction of something like 18:1. You put the correct socket on one gear box shaft and a little crank handle goes on the other. There is a "stabilizer" arm that hooks over another one of the wheel lug nuts to keep everything in place. Crank the handle a bit and it will break even the toughest lug nut loose. Once loose, the socket can be swapped off of the gear box to the crank handle to make removal go faster.
Friend, next time around, simply buy an 18mm and 19mm impact sockets, a 2 or 3ft. long 1/2" breaker bar, and keep a 3 ft. pipe that slides over the handle of the breaker bar.
Any lug nut will come off like butter.
Will only take 10 lbs of your effort.
I put that setup in all my girls' cars (with whatever socket size their car needs of course).
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