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How to Remove Stuck Spinning Lug Nut Cap

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How to Remove Stuck Spinning Lug Nut Cap

Created on: 2018-08-02

How to remove a stuck or spinning lug nut cap.

  1. step 1 :Removing a Stuck Lug Nut
    • Place a socket one size smaller than bolt head size (18mm in this case) over the lug nut
    • Hammer the socket onto the lug nut
    • Turn the socket with a ratchet or air wrench
    • If the lug nut remains stuck, remove the cap with a hammer and chisel
    • With the lug nut cap removed, remove the lug nut with a socket and a ratchet or air wrench
    • If the lug nut is stripped, replace it with a new one

Tools needed for replacement

  • Air Powered Tools

    1/2 Inch Air Impact Gun

  • General Tools

    Hammer

    Chisel

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

    Complete Metric Socket Set

Installation Video
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Hi. I'm Mike from 1AAuto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

We started taking this lug nut off this wheel, and this lug nut started spinning. Pull this socket off. The outer part of the lug nut is just spinning on the lug nut. There's a little cover, little cap, that goes over these lug nuts. As you can see, these two are missing those caps, but we're struggling to get this one off. There's a couple different methods I could use to try to get this lug nut off. One, I could chisel it off with a hammer and chisel. Get this cap off and then put a socket on there.

Before I do that, because there is potential to ruin the wheel while you're doing that, I'm going to take a smaller socket, so this is an 18 millimeter and it's a 12-point. I'm actually going to hit it on with a hammer and see if we can get this off. Once that's hammered on, I'm going to grab an impact and try to take it off. It's just spinning the whole thing again.

I'll try it one more time. That actually did something for us. That actually removed the cap for us, which I could have used with a chisel, but it actually is less damaging to the wheel, so that's not bad.

Then we will take a smaller socket, an 18. This is just a six-point and I’ll hammer this on a little. We'll take off the lug nut and we got it off.

So this is the cap that was on the lug nut. This lug nut is beyond reusing it. It is way too stripped, so we're going to have to get some new lug nuts for this vehicle at this time.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Air Powered Tools

  • 1/2 Inch Air Impact Gun

  • General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Chisel

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • Complete Metric Socket Set


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