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markwp2001
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join:2002-05-25
Long Beach, MS

Lug nut stuck; cross threaded?

I was rotating tires today, and put on the small spare on the front. I put on the lug nuts by hand and then tightened them down by hand not too hard. When I went to remove them, one won't come off. It was not tightened down all the way, there is about a quarter turn of play in it, but it won't come off any further. Short of tightening the others down and limping to my mechanic tomorrow, any suggestions?

2000 Accord, 4 lug nuts per wheel, non locking.


mattmag
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NW Illinois
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If you truly put them all on by hand, and spun them down snug by hand, then it isn't likely to be cross-threaded. I would say there is a better chance you have some debris stuck in the thread area which has caused it to bind. You could try some lubricating spray and gently work the nut back and forth to see if you make any gains. Beyond that, it is likely you will need to get it to your mechanic.


guhuna
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said by mattmag:

If you truly put them all on by hand, and spun them down snug by hand, then it isn't likely to be cross-threaded. I would say there is a better chance you have some debris stuck in the thread area which has caused it to bind. You could try some lubricating spray and gently work the nut back and forth to see if you make any gains. Beyond that, it is likely you will need to get it to your mechanic.

This ^.
It would be nearly impossible to strip the threads by hand.


markwp2001
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Long Beach, MS
reply to mattmag
said by mattmag:

If you truly put them all on by hand, and spun them down snug by hand, then it isn't likely to be cross-threaded. I would say there is a better chance you have some debris stuck in the thread area which has caused it to bind. You could try some lubricating spray and gently work the nut back and forth to see if you make any gains. Beyond that, it is likely you will need to get it to your mechanic.

Ok, thanks! It seemed weird to me too, but it is stuck, stuck, stuck. Will try some spray and see what happens.


markwp2001
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Long Beach, MS
reply to markwp2001
Got the lug nut off, it was cross threaded. Will take it in tomorrow for repair. Thanks for the help.


pferrie3

join:2005-01-27
Boston, MA
reply to markwp2001
if you cross threaded it by hand .. ... i have a pipe over here i need you to punch in to the ground for me bare handed...


mob
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reply to guhuna
said by guhuna:

said by mattmag:

If you truly put them all on by hand, and spun them down snug by hand, then it isn't likely to be cross-threaded. I would say there is a better chance you have some debris stuck in the thread area which has caused it to bind. You could try some lubricating spray and gently work the nut back and forth to see if you make any gains. Beyond that, it is likely you will need to get it to your mechanic.

This ^.
It would be nearly impossible to strip the threads by hand.

I cross threaded a lug on the 2002 Civic my ex-wife has. Very similar situation as well. Hand tight, go to remove and BAM! cross thread.
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mattmag
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It really isn't so much that you cross-threaded it, but in reality it is almost always a piece of debris that went on along with the nut. One more common thing that gets stuck is a small piece of the threads themselves, which makes for a real nice mess when you try to back it off and the piece gets stuck in the nut. It rips up the threads when enough force is used to back off the nut.


mob
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Eh - the dealership seemed to not be too surprised, they fixed it under warranty.


markwp2001
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Long Beach, MS
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said by mattmag:

It really isn't so much that you cross-threaded it, but in reality it is almost always a piece of debris that went on along with the nut. One more common thing that gets stuck is a small piece of the threads themselves, which makes for a real nice mess when you try to back it off and the piece gets stuck in the nut. It rips up the threads when enough force is used to back off the nut.

Yes, I'm thinking that is what happened in my case.

My mechanic charged me a total of $41 for the repair, which includes 1/2 hour of labor and tax.