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Old 11-22-2004, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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...Over the weekend I tried to take off my wheels to paint the calipers, however I couldn't get any of the lug nuts to budge. I'm no weak guy...but I can't figure out why they don't give. I first started with a ratchet, then switched to the tool kit for the car...still nothing. Am I missing something?

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Get a breaker bar. This should be enough to get it off.
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Ratchets never worked well for me, I usually step (almost stand) on the silver wrench in the original tool kit. Works all the time

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Old 11-23-2004, 03:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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they're tight because tryer fitters over tighten them with impacted hammers (air guns) if there realy tight egt an impact socket (17mm) and braek-bar from any good tool store and turn anti clock wise to slacken not being funny i've seen people going the wrong way
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