What wrench is needed to remove the 2002 GTI lug nuts?
My 2002 GTI (US) has stock alloy wheels. The lug nuts have a hex socket fitting (like a typical allen wrench). My car did not come with a wrench to remove these nuts. What size wrench is needed to remove 2002 GTI lug nuts?
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Re: What wrench is needed to remove the 2002 GTI lug...
They are the locking wheel nuts(lugs)and you will need a key(not a hex allen key)to remove them.if you look close you will see that the sides are not equal.
I use a nut spilitter or an old socket hammered onto the nut to remove it,means replacements but next time you buy a car check to make sure you have the radio code and the wheel nut key.
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If the lug nuts are as tight as you say I don't think a 3/8 drive will work. I even ruined a half inch drive by putting a pipe on it. Sears did replace it because it was Craftsman make. Are you near a Canadian Tire store as they usually have Master craft make which is life time guarantee as well.
If they are Factory Wheels Dealer should get you a key Socket. If they are After Market Wheels then depending on the exterior shape and size of the special Lug nut get a LUG NUT REMOVER SOCKET SET from a Auto part Store. Since you will have to use a Impact wrench best will be to go to a Professional Tire and Rim Installer and they usually have all kinds of Lug nut remover sockets.
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1Disconnect the ground battery cable using a wrench.
Loosen the front wheel lugs located on the same side of the upper ball joint you need to replace. Use a lug wrench.
Raise that same front wheel off the ground using a floor jack and support the vehicle on a jack stand.
Finish removing the tire.
Take the cotter pin off the upper ball joint stud holding the steering knuckle arm. Use a pair of nose pliers.
Remove the castle nut from the upper ball joint stud using a wrench or ratchet, ratchet extension and deep socket.
Loosen the two bolts securing the back of the upper control arm to the mounting bracket. Use a wrench to hold the bolt head as you loosen the retaining nut with a ratchet and socket.
Pull the control-arm ball joint off the steering knuckle arm. You may need to use a Pitman arm puller to free the ball joint.
Finish removing the two bolts from the back of the upper control arm and lift the upper control arm off the vehicle.
Install the New Upper Control Arm
Set the new upper control arm in place and install the two bolts and retaining nuts to secure the back of the upper control arm to the mounting bracket. Remember the bolt heads should point inward toward the shock absorber with the retaining nuts on the outside of the mounting bracket. Do not tighten the bolts yet.
11Insert the control-arm ball joint on the steering knuckle arm and start the castle nut with your hand over the ball joint stud. Do not tighten the nut yet.
Tighten the two bolts on the mounting bracket to 67-foot lbs. (91 Nm) using a torque wrench. Hold the bolts with a backup wrench as you tighten the retaining nuts with the torque wrench.
Tighten the ball-joint castle nut to 45-foot lbs. (61 Nm) using the torque wrench, ratchet extension and deep socket.
Install a new cotter pin through the joint-ball stud hole using the nose pliers. If necessary, tighten the castle nut just a few degrees to clear the stud hole through one of the castle nut slots.
Mount the tire on the wheel assembly and install the wheel lugs using the lug wrench.
Lower the vehicle and finish tightening the wheel lugs.
Removing the Ball Joint
Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheel assembly with the ball joint you need to replace. Do not remove the lug nuts.
Set the transmission in neutral (manual) or park (automatic)
and raise the wheel off the ground using a floor jack. Then support the
car on a jack stand.
Chock the rear wheels and apply the parking brake.
Remove the wheel lugs and the wheel assembly.
Remove the mounting nut and dished washer that secure the stabilizer bar to the control arm. Use a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Unscrew and remove the mounting bolt and nut holding the
inner side of the control arm to the car's body. This will relieve the
tension on the stabilizer bar. Use a wrench to hold the mounting bolt as
you unscrew the nut with a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Unscrew the bolt on the steering knuckle that holds the
control-arm ball joint to the knuckle. Use a wrench or ratchet and
Spread the steering knuckle joint that holds the control-arm
ball joint to the knuckle. Use a large screwdriver or pry bar. Then
separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
Pull the control arm from the stabilizer bar.
Remove the stabilizer bar spacer from the control arm and
keep it in a secure place. You will need to use it on the new
control-arm ball joint assembly.
Installing the Ball Joint
Insert the new control-arm ball joint stud into the steering
knuckle joint. As you look through the mounting bolt hole on the
steering knuckle, align the notch on the ball joint stud with the hole.
Insert a new ball joint mounting bolt and start a new nut on the bolt.
Tighten the nut.
Mount the stabilizer bar spacer in the control arm, then
insert the stud bolt at the end of the stabilizer bar into the control
arm mounting hole and spacer.
Set the other end of the control arm in its mounting position
and insert the mounting bolt. Then start the mounting nut on the bolt
Hold the head of the mounting bolt that secures the control arm to the car's body using a wrench, then tighten the nut.
Secure the stabilizer bar to the control arm with the dished washer and mounting nut. Tighten the nut.
Install the wheel assembly and lugs. Tighten the lugs with
the lug wrench just enough to hold the wheel assembly firmly in place.
Lower the vehicle and finish tightening the wheel lugs.
Step 8 Remove the chocks from the rear wheels.
I have an 04 xj8. the lug nuts are a good bad example of half baked engineering. the lug nuts are fabricated from ugly steel with an 11/16 hex end. to beautify this, Jaguar overlays the nut end with a stainless steel 3/4 inch cap, crimped to the nut. On top of this, the nut is to be torqued to 90+ ft-lb! The only way to remove the lug nut without damage is with a SIX POINT socket and a breaker bar or an impact wrench. Using a 12 point socket will deform the cap, causing the wrench to spin on the cap and or the cap to spin on the nut itself. If that has happened, it is possible to recover using a 15 oz or thereabouts ball peen hammer and a deep 3/4 inch impact socket (the black ones). Line up the socket to the cap, doing a best guess to where the flats are and give the socket a light blow. Keep trying that until the socket seems to stick on, then hit it harder. Eventually you will find the right point and the socket will go on and reform the cap. Then a breaker bar can remove the cap/nut. New assemblies can be had for about $6 from "partsbin" or "autohausaz".
Hello, Are you using the factory wheels? If you are using aftermarket wheels, the wheel center might not be fitting snugly on the hub like it should causing the wheel to move slightly. The bolts aren't the only thing you need to keep the wheel centered. If the wheel starts moving up and down it will eventually break the studs. If you find this information to be correct would you please enter a "fixya" rating. Thanks, Gator241