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Old 03-26-2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Trying to remove hex nut from wheel hub bolt.

A previous owner used a normal hex nut on the wheel hub. I'm trying to get it off, but I don't have a socket that fits. My question is, does it matter if I use a 7/8 inch or 22mm socket? There isn't much room in between the nut and wheel, and I think I read somewhere that only metric nuts will fit, so I figured I'd ask.



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No it doesn't matter, as long as it's not on with 100+ ft/lbs and it's reasonably tight. You might strip the nut or snap the socket, but hopefully you're planning on replacing the nut and luckily a 22mm socket is only $2.99.
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worst come to worst, drill that ****** out, replace lug. ????. profit.
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Cool, I'll pick one up tomarrow. I'm replacing the nut with "locking" wheel nut and leaving off the center caps since the car looks better without em', and so I can experiment with painting them instead of the wheel itself.
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Your user name is "gearhead" and you don't have a 7/8" socket? Or are you picking up a 22mm? You'll hardly use it, I suggest just using a 7/8" if it fits in their.

Painting the center cap won't help you, they're generally uncoated plastic, where as the wheels are coated metal.
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Your user name is "gearhead" and you don't have a 7/8" socket? Or are you picking up a 22mm? You'll hardly use it, I suggest just using a 7/8" if it fits in their.

Painting the center cap won't help you, they're generally uncoated plastic, where as the wheels are coated metal.
I have a 7/8 in. or 22mm box end wrench, but I can't get it close enough to the nut to see if it's an exact fit. I'm a college kid, I'm accumulating tools and 7/8 isn's a size that I'd normally use or need a socket of.

Part of my center caps are the same metal as the rest of the wheel. It's not a center cap like most wheels, it's flush which you can kida see in this picture:
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hella flush.
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use metric if its metric, standard if its standard. no mixing unless you want to round that nut nice and smooth specially if a monkey at Firestone or jiffy lube tighten that nut before.
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You can probably loosen all nuts then snap the one stud, that's how ghetto trash gets new wheels.
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Harbor Freight is a college kid's best friend. You can pick up a cheap set of the larger sizes for very little money.

Here:10 Piece 1/2" Drive Metric Impact Socket Set Sale: $12.99
Sizes: 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 16mm, 17mm, 19mm, 21mm, 22mm and 24mm

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If you have access to a grinder, get a cheap socket and grind down the outside till it drops in.
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