How do you remove rounded lug nuts?
Credit:Getty Images North AmericaGetty Images SportGetty Images
Q:

How do you remove rounded lug nuts?

A:

Quick Answer

To remove a rounded lug nut, purchase a rounded-lug-nut-removal tool from a local auto repair shop. Many lug-nut-removal tools are sold with a set of socket-type ends in various sizes. To use the lug-nut-removal tool, choose the appropriately sized socket from the set and twist it onto the lug nut. Once the removal tool is firmly in place, turn the socket to remove the lug nut.

 Know More

Full Answer

In an emergency situation, it is possible to use a chisel, screwdriver and hammer to remove a rounded lug nut. To use the chisel method to remove a lug nut, place a small, sharp chisel on the outer edge of the lug nut, and hit the chisel with a hammer to form a small notch. Insert a flat screwdriver into the notch and loosen the lug bolt until it can be removed by hand.

Rounded lug nuts can also be removed with a grinder and tire iron. Use the handheld grinder to create two flat sides on the lug nut, and remove the nut with a tire iron. Do not touch the surrounding areas with the grinder, and wear safety goggles during the removal process. Take the vehicle to a mechanic after removing the nut to ensure no further damage has occurred during the removal process.

Learn more about Tires, Rims & Wheels

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How can you locate a discount tire store?

    A:

    To locate a Discount Tire store, the store locator tool on discounttire.com can be used. To use the locator tool, enter in the desired zip code and range around the zip code to generate a list of Discount Stores in that area.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    How do self-locking nuts work?

    A:

    Self-locking nuts use either a pre-installed plastic insert or a chemical substance applied to the threads that, when initially tightened down, spreads in between the threads to create a more stable adhesive bond than the metal-to-metal connection of an ordinary nut and bolt. Locking nuts keep a threaded nut and bolt assembly from coming loose due to vibration and loss of torque required to maintain structural integrity.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is prevailing torque?

    A:

    Prevailing torque is the amount of torque needed to run a nut down a thread on nuts that are designed to resist self-loosening under vibratory forces. These types of nuts are known as locknuts or prevailing torque nuts, as opposed to free-spinning nuts.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What size of tires does my car need?

    A:

    The type and size of tires that are compatible with a car depends on the make and model of the vehicle. The best way to determine what size tires a car needs is to check the manufacturer's guide for the vehicle.

    Full Answer >

Explore