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Heavy Torqued Axle Nut Removal Trick

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Focker, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Jul 9, 2017
    Focker

    Focker That's what I do, I know things and I fix stuff. Staff Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    ** USE CAUTION **

    I'm 2 and 0 with this trick...It's so easy.

    Place the breaker bar on the ground ahead of the tire (Passenger side)...Drive forward to loosen...It doesn't take much at all.
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  2. Jul 9, 2017
    PeteL

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    Yeah, mucho caution. I'd say this has the potential for considerable mayhem from flying hardened steel shrapnel. Don't you have a cheater pipe?

    But I like it.:sneak:

    Looks like a Russian u-tube I saw onceā€¦.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2017
    Focker

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    It could and probably has.

    Seriously...You hardly have to move the vehicle...Maybe 3 inches...Probably less with a helper watching. The first time I saw it in real life was on my neighbors car. I hid in the bushes with binoculars.





    Not really, but I did stand way back. It took us about 20min to build up the courage...He hardly moved the car and it just came lose...It doesn't POP...We laughed at how worried we were.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2017
    Glenn

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    Well, if it did shatter at least inside the vehicle should be safer.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2017
    Bowbender

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    Pretty clever! I'm thinking a cheater pipe or floor jack under the end of the breaker bar would have less potential for excitement.:)
     
  6. Jul 9, 2017
    termin8ed

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    Thats where my 4 foot 3/4 drive ratchet comes in handy;)
     
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    Daryl

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    A 4 foot handle on a Snap-on 3/4" ratchet works pretty well too.
     
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    Focker

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    Or...Have your Mother-In-Law hold it.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2017
    PeteL

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    Reminds me of a number of "expedient" tricks, this being another.


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  10. Jul 10, 2017
    Focker

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    A guy had to use an 8' pipe to bust loose his Ram's axle nut.

    I used my floor jack to break free the hub bolts...I was more afraid of getting hit in the face by the ratchet since I had to be right near the jack.
     
  11. Jul 10, 2017
    william_cj3b

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    A word of caution, a hi-lift jack is a lot cheaper than a radiator. Cut the log short enough that it won't hit the grill if you back up past the apex. I put a 6" fence post through the grille of my 2 ton when a hydraulic jack wouldn't function.
     
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    PeteL

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    Good point. By no means am I recommending anyone use that technique.
     
  13. Jul 13, 2017
    mwinks-jeep

    mwinks-jeep I still love snow, Godspeed, Barney! Sponsor

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    I cut a 2 foot long section of a post from a chain-link fence, has never let me down.
     

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