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Stripped nut that is stuck on-- I was trying to fix my 1988 Buick Reatta problem on my own and I ended up screwing on a lock nut with the nylon insert too much and I thinked I stripped the nut because it will not come off. How can I get the nut off? And, has this most likely damaged the threads on the bolt?

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The bolt is usually made is harder steel then the nut so you may get lucky and the only thing that will need to be replace is the Nut.
You can go and buy a Nut Splitter Tool or rent one from a Auto Parts store to remove your bad nut and replace it. Here is what the tool looks like and will most likely be the only thing you can use to removing the nut without damaging anything else.
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http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_34573_34573

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If you can get at it force a flat screwdriver between the nut and its washer. If theres no washer and youre working against aluminium its best not to do it this way, youll damage the aluminium. Perhaps you can try it on the bolt side? Uncrew the nut while twisting the screwdriver as hard as you can, Hopefully this will give enogh force to let what is left of the thread to re-engage so to speak. The thread on both the nut and bolt will be knackered and youll have to replace both.
There is also a tool available that will split a nut in 2. You can also try a bolt cutter for this. Hold the boltcutter parallel to the bolt end cut the nut.
Another option if you are in fact talking about a stud(which is just a bolt with no head) you can grip the stud with vice grip pliers and unscrew the stud with nut intact(assuming there is enough of the stud visible to grip it).
Last resort is to cut the nut off, drill the stud out and have a helicoil fitted or just new thread cut.

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No the bolt is not damage because the nut was nylon.
Now if you go out there and slowly remove nut it may come off.
the friction between the two make it hard to remove, but the bolt is hot and then impresses the hot threads into the nylon again, you should be able to remove it.
If bolt is firm enough, you also may strip the nut just by pulling off the bolt

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