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Old 01-05-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default How to remove a fux0red nut

Seriously, tell me. I figured it was about time to swap out the 4x4 NB springs on the 91 miata. Every nut and bolt came off with ease, except for the drivers side topmount one.

I spent the last hour chiseling away at it. Won't budge. I wasn't planning on torching it since it's 3 inches away from the gastank.

No room for drill, I have no welding equipment here, no cutting disks for a dremel and shops are closed.

Except for setting this ************ on fire, what do?


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Hammer a slightly undersized SAE socket onto it.
Or get one of the tools designed to bite into rounded off nuts.
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These bad boys These bad boys
, saved my life when all the nuts for the turbo on the subie rounded out with 6 point sockets. I bought this set for my dad for christmas. They're like an ez-out, but external. SO when you spin them to loosen they cut into the nut. They're 3/8 drive though and I sheared off a HF tools 3/8 extension with them, But they have a hex on the outside for a socket or wrench so you can put a big socket over it with a 1/2" drive if you need some real ******* leverage.
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yip i am with leafy on this one - otherwise a dremel with a small cutting wheel and keep cutting the nut away until you can hammer it off in pieces - but you will probably be working almost blind in that hole
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Sears has a similar set of nut removers, probably in-stock at your local store.
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I've never used one, but maybe there's enough room for one of these to work:
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So I have no SAE sockets, nor a nut cracker or torch. Here's the kicker, I need this POS on the road to get to work on monday. **** me
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So I have no SAE sockets, nor a nut cracker or torch. Here's the kicker, I need this POS on the road to get to work on monday. **** me
Just go to lowes and buy the kit I showed, or the smaller version of it.
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So I have no SAE sockets, nor a nut cracker or torch. Here's the kicker, I need this POS on the road to get to work on monday. **** me
Then leave the MF as-is and don't take jumps?
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Just go to lowes and buy the kit I showed, or the smaller version of it.
It's saturday, 11PM here sweety.

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Then leave the MF as-is and don't take jumps?
I could, but I'd have to swap back the spring on the passenger side. Again.
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Wait till tomorrow? Keep soaking it with PB blaster all night.
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Try putting the weight of the car back on the spring. Might give you just that smidge you need.
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Start the car, open the gas cap, then use a hose to divert the exhaust into the gas tank (you're displacing oxygen that way), and torch away at that nut till your heart's content.
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Still no dice. Figured I'd swap the other spring back, can't get the nut off that I put on yesterday. Socket must've slipped when tightening it. So I'm now stuck with mismatched rear springs and 2 nuts that are effectively a perfect circle. Wonder if there's any room for a

I am seriously contemplating setting it on fire and getting a non-POS with the insurance money. ****!
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Oscar, have you tried the method I described in my previous post?
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Sharp cold chisle + BFH + time = cut nut

This is the redneck way and is a true PITA
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Oscar, have you tried the method I described in my previous post?
I would, but no torch here.

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This is the redneck way and is a true PITA
I'ma put a chisel in the fridge for a while and try again. I already bent one chisel so far
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I'ma put a chisel in the fridge for a while and try again. I already bent one chisel so far
Fairly sure he meant a cold Forged chisel. Harder stuff than typical cheap ones.
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How in the hell do you strip 2 nuts by the same problem? Anyways no dremel to cut them?
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