I blew a tire leaving my house yesterday(I mean BLEW it to shreds) and I have a spare/donut but can't get the lug nuts to budge to get the blown tire off.

They are somewhat rusted and it is also in the single digits here, so I'm thinking they could possibly be frozen. I have a somewhat powerful Kobalt 1/2 inch impact that has failed to do anything as well. I have a can of PV Blaster but for some reason the nozzle is refusing to work, which is odd because it was fine last I used it and it's been stored in a warm room.

My biggest problem is, due to my location, it would be really difficult to get to any sort of store other than one gas station that is a few miles away and I could walk to. I do not have a heat gun or anything of that sort.

If anyone could have additional tips for me it would be highly appreciated. I'm pretty rurally located and need to find a household solution for this. Thank you

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! I take it you don't have a lug wrench of any sort? Sometimes constant torque works better on the lug nuts than does an impact. If you can set a lug wrench parallel with the ground, you can stand on it (bounce on it even) to get more torque applied to the lug. Dec 21, 2017 at 21:03
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    When using a lug wrench - very good quality and an extension bar, apply the force by pulling up on the bar and use your leg muscles to provide the force - I have sheared big wheel studs as per Landrover like this but I'm 18 stone and 6'3".. Oh and keep your back straight... You can apply more force than just bouncing on it...
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 21, 2017 at 21:08
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    Oh, one last point if the nut does come unstuck make sure you don't hit two others with the end of the bar!!
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 21, 2017 at 21:31
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    If you cannot get a single nut to budge, I am wondering if you are turning it the proper direction. Some vehicles have a left-hand thread.
    – CharlieRB
    Dec 21, 2017 at 21:54
  • left hand thread on left hand side...
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 21, 2017 at 23:10

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Take the car jack and place it under the lug nut wrench. Use the jack to break it free.

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