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WHEEL HUB STUDS BROKE AND CAN'T REMOVE TIRE

Discussion in 'Cherokee' started by TinyInkognegroT, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Jul 1, 2019 at 6:47 AM
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    PLEASE HELP ! I have four lug nut studs on my hub that are broken and free Spin when I tried to tighten them or loosen then to take the tire off. My wheel is only being held securely by 1 lug nut and one stud. This is my work vehicle and I can't commute to and from work with the wheel in its current condition. Tire shops a mechanic shops are charging way out the ass to cut and replace the studs. What are some ways, preferably cheap, that I can get my tire off?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2019 at 7:17 AM
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    If the studs/lugs are stripped, can you pull them off with pliers?
     
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  3. Jul 1, 2019 at 7:56 AM
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    If there is room dremel a notch on the nut then use a small chisel to split the nut (need to remove the chrome cap). Otherwise drilling the center of the nut into the stud with increasing size drill bits to the depth of the nut in the hopes of breaking the nut off with some well placed hits or kicks
     
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  6. Jul 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM
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    Is a butane torch hot enough to melt and chip away the lug nut ?
     
  7. Jul 1, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    Butane won't get hot enough. but an oxy/acetylene torch will do the trick.
     
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  8. Jul 1, 2019 at 11:34 AM
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    I suppose if one doesn't give a darn about the finish on the wheel.....flame on! :bananadead:
     
  9. Jul 1, 2019 at 11:34 AM
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    My uncle is bringing a Dremel and chisel today.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    But considering all the Jeep issues known+unknown, make sure all flammable liquids, gas and vapors are controlled before generating heat.
     
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    I like the drill plan. Try and get the drill started on center, and a sharp drill helps or even a cobalt drill as the stud is pretty hard. I wonder if that issue is caused by getting the nut too tight, like from the modern air wrench being adjusted too high, and not using a torque wrench.
     
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  12. Jul 1, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    Tomorrow me and my uncle are doing the drill method, he says its the easiest route
     
  13. Jul 1, 2019 at 5:56 PM
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    Front end was pulled at scrap yard and we put it in about a year or so and sat until I picked it up a month ago
     
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  14. Jul 1, 2019 at 6:52 PM
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    I guess that explains a few things. But hey dude. Post up your fix. Hope it all works out for ya. :fingerscrossed:
     
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    The drill method took a long time really stop pushing through before I could even make it to the depth of the nut. I couldn't fit a Dremel through. On the other hand I got a job doing construction and traveling out of town and the company vehicle picks me up and drops me off, so I won't need to drive back and forth to work. Come next Friday I should have money to take it to a shop and have them do it.
     
  17. Jul 3, 2019 at 5:58 AM
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    My uncle thinks that the studs aren't broke and said I should take it to a tire shop and let them take the power socket to it and maybe the studs will catch themselves back into the hub.
     
  18. Jul 3, 2019 at 4:22 PM
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    I would think that since they are spinning, some damage is being done to the studs and axle.
     
  19. Jul 3, 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    I've replaced wheel studs before and spinning studs could mean trouble. The base of the stud and flange are splined to keep the stud from spinning.
     
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    Agreed. Strongly recommended.... Replace the wheel studs.

    Congrats on your new job. Best of luck there. New job....more money for Jeep parts...:)
     
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