Struggling with a Stripped Lug Nut on a 2003 Jeep Liberty

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Linda Thomas asked 7 months ago
Hi! I'm currently facing a challenging situation with my 2003 Jeep Liberty. The last time my brakes were serviced, the mechanic overtightened one of the lug nuts, and now it's completely stripped. My dad and I have tried various methods to remove it, including hammering a socket onto it, taking it to a tire specialist, using a breaker bar, an extractor, and drenching it in penetrating oil. Unfortunately, none of these methods have worked, and the mechanic we visited quoted us $200 just to remove the nut. If you have any tips or advice on how to tackle this issue, please share. Thank you!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 7 months ago
Hi there, Linda! Dealing with a stripped lug nut can indeed be frustrating, but don't worry, there are a few techniques you can try. Here's a list of options, based on what I've done before that's worked wonders in the past (and a few other neat tricks I've learned along the way):
  1. Welding: If you have access to welding equipment, you can weld a nut or a bolt onto the stripped lug nut. Once it cools, you can use a wrench to turn it off.
  2. Smaller Socket: You've tried hammering a socket onto the nut, which is a good approach. You might want to try a 12-point socket that's slightly smaller than the nut for a better grip.
  3. File a Slot: You can file a slot into the top of the nut and then use a flat-head screwdriver to turn it.
  4. Heating: Using a MAP gas torch to heat the nut can expand the metal, making it easier to turn. Remember to use gloves and handle the torch safely.
  5. Drill it Out: This is a more extreme option, but drilling through the stud can be effective. It's important to go slow and use oil to cool the drill bit.
  6. Expansion Socket: Tools like the Irwin expansion socket are specifically designed for situations like this and can be a good investment.
Remember, safety is paramount. If you're not comfortable with these methods, it might be worth getting professional help. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team