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      11-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Lug nuts won't budge

Ok, so I am replacing my stock wheels and tires for the winter and all is going well, then I tried to get the passenger front wheel off. The lugs won't budge. All the other ones came right off with my impact wrench, but all the ones on the front right will not move at all. Any ideas? I am currently stuck with one odd rim and can't drive the car. I even used a 150ft/lb torque wrench in reverse and they didn't budge.
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Have you tried using a breaker bar?
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Have you tried using a breaker bar?
+1 The breaker bar I use is twice as long as my torque wrench, allows much more leverage.
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Ok, so I am replacing my stock wheels and tires for the winter and all is going well, then I tried to get the passenger front wheel off. The lugs won't budge. All the other ones came right off with my impact wrench, but all the ones on the front right will not move at all. Any ideas? I am currently stuck with one odd rim and can't drive the car. I even used a 150ft/lb torque wrench in reverse and they didn't budge.
Please help.
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I have the same problem this saturday. I posted about it also. With no replies here but got some replies on bimmerfest. Is your car a E92/3? One of the members on bimmerfest had the same exact problem we have.

Where and when was your car built?

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First, to keep from stripping the bolt it's a 2-man operation. Start by driving the car and heating up the rotor assembly. Next get a large enough breaker bar (3ft+), you can use a section of pipe slid over the breaker bar shaft to accomplish this. Next, have one person put pressure squarely and directly over the socket. This will keep the socket square on the bolt and prevent it from stripping. You can use hands, or if they are scared have them hold with their feet. Apply slow steady pressure pushing the bar away from yourself.

Also, never use a torque wrench to break loose a nut, especially a click type. No better way to screw one up.
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First, to keep from stripping the bolt it's a 2-man operation. Start by driving the car and heating up the rotor assembly. Next get a large enough breaker bar (3ft+), you can use a section of pipe slid over the breaker bar shaft to accomplish this. Next, have one person put pressure squarely and directly over the socket. This will keep the socket square on the bolt and prevent it from stripping. You can use hands, or if they are scared have them hold with their feet. Apply slow steady pressure pushing the bar away from yourself.

Also, never use a torque wrench to break loose a nut, especially a click type. No better way to screw one up.
All good tips, but if it takes that much force, I'd have the dealership remove them. After all, it's a relatively new car...mine were all hand tightened or sao, I assume from the factory...
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Just did mine this morning. I'm in Bucks County, where you at? I'll get them off for you Breaker bar FTW!
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Thanks for the tips.. I am going to use a breakerbar, but I don't have one at the moment. Need to make a trip to sears tomorrow in the wifes car.
I live in East Fallowfield.
My car was built this year and picked up in Germany on June 16th.
Out of curiosity, they don't reverse the threading on any of the wheels do they? I don't think so, but just wanted to make sure.
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I'm pretty sure this car has lug bolts, not lug nuts.
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you are correct that they are lug bolts, not lug nuts, its just a habit to say lug nuts rather than lug nuts.
I hope I can get that last wheel off and changed over tomorrow so I can drive my car again.
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