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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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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

As you have reasonable access to the nut, I'd suggest using a nut splitter to split the nut and open it out, which should then allow you to withdraw the bolt and remove the parts - obviously both nut ...
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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

There’s an outside chance you could get it started with a hammer and chisel but a safer bet would be to drill a couple of holes and use a peg spanner - the sort of thing you’d use to change an angle ...
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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

I would try using a hammer and centre punch to tap around the circumference of the plug in the direction that will undo the plug. Example video of how to do it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Thread on bolt - what happened?

It looks to me like it has been over-tightened, beyond the point of failure of the bolt.
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Need to rotate an out of reach bolt or pin

Did you ever wonder why an open ended wrench is angled at exactly 15° ? That's so you can turn a nut a little bit, flip the wrench over, turn it a little bit more, and get the job done! You ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I've had great success in the past selecting a 12 sided socket that almost just say fits over the head of these types of bolts. Hammer it on so it's fully covering the head and sitting squarely then ...
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How to remove a stuck (maybe melted) connector from the blower motor resistor

The connector will need to be replaced. It looks to be fused together. The metal connector terminals were the cause of the original problem. The usual problem is that the connector makes poor contact ...
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How to Unscrew/loosen stuck O2 sensor

In the perfect world, you just slide a wrench on the O2 sensor and it comes out. Unfortunately since its located in a "hostile" environment (lots of heat, lots of water and potential corrosion ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I would use my mig welder to weld a steel rod onto the head. You could weld a T shape on the end of the rod for something to hold. After removing each one, just cut the bolt off the end and repeat. ...
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How do you remove a broken oil dipstick tube?

Got it!!! I had the replacement dipstick tube on hand so I knew how much was stuck in the engine. The broken dipstick in this video is much shorter but having the replacement on hand let me know I'd ...
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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

Based on the pictures, I don't see any options besides cutting the bolt in half. A grinder wheel would make light work of cutting the bolt, but you may have to resort to a more primitive approach, i....
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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

Since what is left is scrap, I would drill and tap close to the edges, but not so close to the edge as to interfere with the threads (otherwise it would lock it in place) so two bolts with nuts can be ...
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How to Unscrew/loosen stuck O2 sensor

If you are going to replace the sensor and have already purchased the replacement, cut the wires off of the old sensor and put a 1/2" drive deep well socket onto it (don't use the split socket for the ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

My buddy recommends using Irwin Easy Outs. these to remove from inside the hex And these to remove from the outside Impact drivers are always recommended. If that doesn't do it, vise grips could,...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Cut a small slot in one edge of the periphery (muffler abrasive whizzer tool), and hammer a chisel in that slot to move the socket head capscrew in the loosening (CCW) direction. You needed to ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Heat is the key to loosen the bolts off - I use a butane torch, if you have access to oxy torch, they can be carefully used too. Keep it local to the bolt as it can affect the rotor magnets which may ...
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How to remove a stuck (maybe melted) connector from the blower motor resistor

Dont you have to remove the connector with the green/black wire also? In your photo it looks like the connectors are melted together. You can get a knife and try to seperate them first. The blue ...
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how to remove this battery tray bolt and what is it?

The head is probably just rounded off. Hammer a 3/8" socket on or use a 10mm twist socket on it. Maybe heat it or use a penetrating fluid on it as well. Worse comes to worse the head snaps and you ...
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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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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

I was in a similar situation (car, not a bike) once and I didn't know about nut splitters (see Nick C answer) at that time. I was able to get at the nut with a Dremel and a very small (1" diameter)...
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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

Couldnt you drill the head off to be able to get some stuff out of the way, cut the bolt further down, drill a center hole with a small bit and proceed drilling away the remaining stub?... You have ...
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Undoing a rounded-off triple-square bolt

I'm having the same problem right now. I tried a correctly-sized triple square .. but it still stripped .. (seat-belt retaining bolt on a VW) perhaps due to the thread-lock compound and the pressure ...
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Using Acura or Honda crankshaft pulley holding tool and not impact wrench when loosening the bolt

I wouldn't hesitate using an impact to loosen the crankshaft pulley retaining bolt. The reason for this is because even though there is an impact involved, it is a rotary impact. The crank itself ...
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Can I cut these two bolts to remove the exhaust manifold on a 99 Ranger

Try torching them again. The only bolts that I couldn't get off with a torch are the ones that snapped. If the bolt didn't turn an orange glow, you're not getting it hot enough. Cutting them off, as ...
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Broken Exhaust Manifold Stud - How to remove?

You should definitely try to extract it. Preparation: Heat the manifold with a blowtorch Jolt the bolt with a pin punch Soak the bolt with bp-blaster or another penetrating oil Removal If the bolt ...
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how to remove this battery tray bolt and what is it?

It looks like ViceGrips would have to come in vertically, so you won't have much leverage with just the pliers, but you can use an adjustable wrench or water pump (slip joint) pliers, or maybe even a ...
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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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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

I would use Dremel or 4 1/2" angle grinder to cut a notch, and then use a hammer and cold chisel to rotate it loose.
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How do I remove this bolt to replace my MAF sensor?

Just unscrew the nut from the other side and pull the bolt through, the shape of the bolt head is designed to fit into the plastic tabs which will keep the bolt from spinning. If the nut is frozen use ...
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