Stuck Lug Bolts

cobram at cobram at
Tue Oct 3 14:47:23 EDT 2006

An old VeeDub trick is to HAMMER the lug bolts using a brass dowel (or
similar) and a BFH,  the impact helps break the death grip of both the
wheel and the threads.  Although counterintuitive, first tightening the
bolts with an impact gun also helps loosen them sometimes.
Your impact gun/compressor might not have enough "oomph" too, any decent
shop will have a high torque gun or two that should make short work of
those bolts.
Don't forget the anti-seize when you put them back, besides the threads
also put a little bit around the rim of the bolt to keep it from sticking
to the wheel and at the points where the wheel contacts the hat of the
brake disk.

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 "Abe Berman" <yellowcuda at> writes:
> S-Heads/Listers,
> On my "new to me" 96 A4 I've got a couple of lug bolts that are not
> coming off either with impact wrench or breaker bar + cheater.  I 
> have
> soaked them in Kroil and PB Blaster as well.  Unfortunately, one of
> the lug bolts is starting to strip now from my efforts.
> My next thought after soaking repeatedly with Kroil over the next
> couple of days is to try applying heat from a torch, but I am 
> nervous
> about the clear coat on the wheels.
> Any suggestions out there??


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