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1993 Mazda Protege front hub. cannot remove nut, broke two rachets and one breaker bar. this thing will not turn. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    not a ticking or a knocking, but a clunking. Almost like the mud flap kept hitting tire. Nothing looks broke, but when in motion (unless going faster and faster) it will do this. Just happened today.
    Thank you.



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You need to look to see if the nut is creased in one spot looks like a chisel indentation if so you need to get a flat head punch hammer the crease outward until it looks even with cv joint shaft take a plumbers torch with map gas yellow bottle heat the nut all around about 30 seconds get a breaker bar with a pipe extention break it free make sure your going the right way counter clockwise break free you might have to heat a couple of times spray pentrating oil after you heat goodluck

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