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How do I remove a destroyed lug nut?

The first thing I'd establish is to work out if the hub can be removed from the car with the wheel still attached. I encountered a similar scenario some years ago working on a car with locking wheel ...
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Grease on wheel bolts or not?

Do exactly what the manufacturer of the vehicle states in service information. Why do I say this? The nut rotational friction and bolt clamping force are both affected by the choice of lubricant used ...
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Are there any risks if I use impact wrench to loosen lug nuts while the tire not touching ground?

That would be correct. There should be no issue of using the impact with the wheel off the ground. You are exactly right in that the tire should be on the ground when using a breaker bar or tire iron. ...
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Loud bang while driving, then lug nut is missing - what happened?

As long as the rest are tight (and torqued to spec), I would put a new nut on and torque it to spec. Given that there isn't and left over metal on the stud, like the nut stripped out, I would say it ...
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How can I remove perfectly round locking wheel lugs? What tool can I use?

There are sockets designed specifically for this job. Here is an example of one; they have a reverse thread on them and are made of hardened material so as you turn them anti-clockwise, they tighten ...
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Is it acceptable to use a 3/4 inch socket to loosen what are presumably 19mm lug nuts?

Being as it's only 0.05mm larger in diameter, you shouldn't have a problem unless you're using that socket on a rattle-gun every day. If it's a 6-point socket, the wear on the nut should be minimal (...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Cutting them down to size is about your only option, unless you want to carry a separate combination wrench (spanner). If you want to cut the threads cleanly, don't use a bolt cutter. The way to go is ...
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Importance of Retorque Lug Nuts

It's just a double check to ensure the wheel hasn't settled onto the rim. If it has, even just a little, lugs can come loose over time. By re-torquing the lugs, you greatly reduce the possibility of ...
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Spinning lug nut

I was able to drill out the stud far enough to break the lug nut off. Replaced the wheel stud and lug nut.
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Is it safe to use a lugnut with a different outer shank diameter?

This is NOT a good idea.... You must use the correct size/shank of wheel nuts for the type of wheels you're using. An ill fitting nut/nuts will loosen off as the vehicles wheel flexes under load. As ...
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How to get torque on frozen lug nuts on trailer?

The really simple option is to loosen the nuts while the wheel is resting on the ground, and only raise it up on the jack once they are loose (not removed, just loose) Otherwise, if you don't have ...
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Are there any risks if I use impact wrench to loosen lug nuts while the tire not touching ground?

I agree wholeheartedly with both Ben and Paulster. However, I use a high-power air impact for to tighten, on it's lowest setting, and also have a selection of color "torque stix" with a minimum of ...
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How can pit crews remove wheels so fast?

In F1 each wheel has a crew of 3 men to change it. Each wheel has a single precision machined magnesium alloy nut. It and the stub axle have a very coarse thread machined into them to minimise the ...
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How do I remove a destroyed lug nut?

For stubborn nuts , heat the nut with a torch, then move the flame away and immediately apply WD-40 or any other penetrating oil against the heated bolt threads. The quick change from high heat to to ...
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Grease on wheel bolts or not?

I ran a service station for a short stint in Vermont and we always used Permatex anti-seize compound on the lug studs. Most of the time we would also find ourselves wire brushing the threads before ...
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Is it safe to drive with broken wheel lug nut.?

It should not be an issue driving with one lug missing, as long as the other lug nuts are torqued as they are supposed to be. 4km is not a long distance, and especially one you shouldn't be worried ...
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Identifying Lug Nuts that came with Motegi Wheels

These would appear to be "McGard 8-spline" lugs. I don't have direct experience with them, but they appear to come in two sizes: Image from BrandSport Auto Accessories. Never used them, but they ...
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Is it safe to drive in race conditions with missing lug nuts?

Engineers typically design parts to withstand a greater load than they are actually expected to see. This is known as a "factor of safety" and assures the parts won't fail when extenuating ...
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How do I remove a destroyed lug nut?

Getting a nut off in this case can be done, how you would attack it depends on access to it. If the nut sticks out you could use a nut breaker to crack it off, or get a big pair of locking pliers, ...
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What can cause a wheel to fall off/hub to break?

It was untightened lug nuts, period .Unfortunately , I have done that. Miraculously , I can tell about it. Just as your photo ; all my nuts were missing, 2 studs had broken by fatigue. I had a Nissan ...
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installing a locking lug nut

I'd recommend that you back them all off and re-tighten with a correctly set torque wrench.
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

I agree with the answer by @Paulster2. However if you don't want to do any sawing, grinding or filing, you could buy a suitable box spanner, for example - Product details from that website - Make ...
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Can lug nuts be tightened with a powered non-impact driver plus torque wrench?

tl dr: No. Not a driver/drill as you've described. Usually, hand tools are used for the tightening of lugs, then followed with a torque wrench to ensure accuracy in getting the wheels onto a vehicle. ...
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Is it safe to drive in race conditions with missing lug nuts?

Quite simply, no it is not safe. If a car manufacturers specifications say 5 studs, that's because they've done their homework on the forces involved. Think of the worst case: braking hard while ...
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How do I remove a destroyed lug nut?

Well, the only thing I can suggest is to drill it out with a sharp drill, but for that to work there will need to be a drill-guide so that the wheel does not get damaged (anymore...)
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1989 S10 Blazer loose lugnuts after tire change

I suppose it is possible to stretch the wheel lugs beyond their capability, even with an air wrench it seems unlikely that is your issue. I recommend that you do the following: With the wheel off the ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

The answers from Paulster2 and HandyHowie both provide viable solutions, but if neither option appeals to you, make a spacer. Remove one nut and find a short length of pipe or metal conduit that will ...
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Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

Unbalance tires maybe one of the reason. You may want to go to the shop and have its alignment checked. If they are new, you may have a free check up where you purchased them which i have done before.
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$50 To Throw on a Missing Lug Nut

If there's nothing crazy going on with your studs or wheels, then no, it should be no trouble at all to put on a lug nut. To do it properly requires nothing more than a decent torque wrench that you ...
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