Lug nut snapped on the stud! Any ideas?

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  1. stamp11127

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    Only problem with replacing the hub is the caliper will hold the rotor and hub on the Expy.

    If the wheel stud isn't spinning in the hub the easiest method would be to drill out the studs on the broken nuts - but not larger than the stud hole.

    The remaining nuts I would heat up with a propane torch.
     
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    After the top of lug nuts sheer off, are there still threads holding them on.?

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    If you look at OP's picture ... the part of lug nut that sheared was not contacting ANY threads on the stud. ALL the stud threads are in contact with the part of lug nut remaining.

    I bet that lug nut metal is soft. I'll bet you could use a metal chisel to lengthen the remaining faces of the lug nut and THEN get enough purchase with a bolt extractor to remove. Just a theory. Job like this is best handled by a known process not a theory though IMHO. This can downhill fast.

    dont let it turn into this!!
    https://www.expeditionforum.com/attachments/2e029ce6-8ae0-439a-ae92-330f5a01b20c-jpeg.24739/
     
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    Around here New Yorkers say "it sucks to be you..." But now I've learned of yet another way these Ford trucks are going to make my life miserable one day.

    I'm with Mr. Sticker's suggestion. I love the picture he shared. Brings back memories. A hammered-on nut extractor should work. Or drill the stud out until there's nothing left of it. This junk's like pot metal these days, so drilling shouldn't be too difficult. But in the meantime, spray the sucker with enough Kroil to loosen it up.

    If you drill the heck out of it, you should be able to turn the nut with some sort of hammered-on socket.

    Then make sure you have the proper sized American-made lug wrench so you don't mess up any of the rest of them. That is truly important. And really avoid those franchised chain stores with pot-head maniacs who destroy wheel lugs.
     
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    If you drill the stud out, do you have to put a new wheel hub in?
     
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    Studs are usually replaceable.

    There is a tool meant for pressing them out.

    Here's directions for doing it on the front wheels of a 2x4. 4x4 is probably similar. Rear procedure is shown as well.

    Front studs can be done in-vehicle.

    Rear bearings have to be removed and done in a bench vise.

    https://workshop-manuals.com/ford/e...pair/front_suspension_rear_wheel_drive_(rwd)/


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    Also, sadly, no TSB on this. Only two for the TPMS,and one for the wheel-run out.



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    It's not just Ford. The same 2 piece lugnuts are used by other manufactures. I have had my Dodge Charger have the same issue. I use a chisel and hammer to carefully remove the chrome cap. Once off, the actual lug nut can be removed.
     
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    There are a couple on my mariner that have a loose chrome cap. 18mm works great on them when the cap falls off.

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    well an old smithy trick if to drive a screw driver or punch into what needs be turned and hammer on the driver/punch in whatever direction will loosen it....mind you if those lugs are torqued on as tight as you say....you're gonna need a lot of force to turn it.
     

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