How To Loosen Lugs on a Car Tire

Replacing a car tire, especially a flat one, entails many steps, but before going into it, removing lug nuts plays an important part for the whole process. A lug nut serves as a fastener usually used to secure a tire of a vehicle. This is usually found on cars, trucks and other large vehicles that use rubber tires. Removing lug nuts involves loosening them first before jacking up the car. Loosening lug nuts on your car tire is relatively easy, and you will need a lug wrench or a tire iron. Here are some few instructions and tips that might help you the next time you need to replace your tire:

  1. First, you have to take out the hub cap so that lug nuts are exposed. A hub cap, also known in names like wheel cover or wheel trim, is used to cover the wheel or at least certain parts of it, usually the central portion. Removing the hub cap is easy because they usually have some indentations in which you could insert your fingers and pry it loose.
  2. Place the tire iron or the lug wrench around the 1st lug. Be sure that it is placed securely to avoid any hassle on the way. Doing so will make the job a lot easier for you. You might not know it but you may find yourself irritated while in the middle of getting the tire job done.
  3. Turn the tire iron in a clockwise manner until the lug nut loosens and gives away. This entails a considerable amount of upper body strength. However, if the lug nut does not budge, then you might want to ask for assistance. You can also step in to the tire iron to add more pressure to it.
  4. Repeat the steps 2 and 3 until all the lug nuts in your car tire are loosened.

Sometimes, lug nuts are not that easily loosened so here are some additional tips to loosen them. This time you may want to use a sledge hammer in order to add pressure when turning the tire iron:

  1. Spray a lubricant to each of the lug nut and then allow it to settle for the next 30 minutes. This will make it easier for you to turn lug nuts that are hardly budging even when you try turning them using the lug wrench.
  2. After 30 minutes, attach the lug wrench or tire iron around the lug nut and try turning them in a clockwise direction. If you cannot get an extra leverage, try sliding an iron pipe on the handle if the lug wrench, then try turning them again in the same direction.
  3. If this doesn’t work and there is no available person that could assist you, you might as well step on the lug wrench to add more pressure.

Loosening a lug nut not only requires upper body strength but also a considerable amount of patience. This will take a while but taking every step slowly and surely, you can get this job done without getting yourself worn out.


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