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Escort xr3i, wheel locking nut destroyed, how to get it off

The grip edges are totally smoothed out.

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  • pollyzim Nov 25, 2008

    There was not enough room to use the solution offered. Glad to have any other suggestions, Thanks

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Hi pollyzim;

My solution depend on how much room you have in the area of the locking nut

1. Vise grips This is a special pair of pliers that allow you to adjust the force with which you close the gripping teeth of the pliers. Depending on how strong your hands are you can adjust the pliers to grip something like a nut with TREMENDOUS force. You can get a pair of these pliers at any Home Depot or auto parts type store. The Toolman at these store cab show you how to use them

If you decide to try this approach, also get a can of WD-40. This is an all purpose lubricant that you should apply liberally to the locknut before you try to remove it. Apply an hour or so before you try the pliers.

Hope this helps Good Luck Loringh PS Please leave a rating if appropriate
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Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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    Loringh Nov 25, 2008

    Hi pollyzim

    I'm sitting here thinking, "what would I do if it were my car?" I would take my hand drill and put a grinding attachment on it and try to grind 2 flat surfaces (opposite each other if possible) so I could get an open end wrench on the nut to get it off. Akso use plenty of WD-40 and let it sit awhile.

    Maybe this might work. good luck Loringh


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