My son has an 03 Eclipse. Some time back he had a shop install some tires on new rims. They didn't have "standard" lugs, so they installed some type of "torx" nut. They are the female, and of course the tool to remove it is male.
Don't know the correct terminology.
Well, they have seized onto the lugs. One shop has broken 3 of the torx trying to remove them, though they did get the wheel off to repair the tire.
He brought it back again yesterday to try and get them all changed, but they couldn't remove any of the nuts.
My question is, how do we get them off? I've searched on the net, but have not found any similar situations. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
If you have enough space, and a wire welder, you can weld another lug nut, or 1/2" nut on the stuck nut. Make it a pretty good weld, then you can use a regular socke and air impact to remove it. Also the heat from welding may help loosen the original nut. Use wet rags around the area to keep from splatter and damage to wheel.
Most tire shops will have special impact gun socket tools for removing locking lug nuts you've lost the key to or broken. As do wheel thieves.
Yes, many tire shops do have specialty socket kits designed for the purpose of removing "locking" style or torx type lug nuts. As for removing the standard lug nuts, I have often used a large wrench that I could get some leverage on, such as a torque wrench or breaker bar, and at times would have to use a cheater bar with it as well. Had much success breaking the nuts loose by hand this way where an impact gun wasn't doing it. Very rare to have many of the lug nuts that tight, I wonder if they got cross threaded or were wrong size threads?
EDIT: And as Black MtnMan said, step away from the impact gun when installing the lug nuts. Use a torque wrench for final tightening according to vehicle manufactures specs.
Another tid-bit that may seem simple, but effective the majority of the time is to have a helper spin the wheel at the same time while running the impact gun. On the passenger side, spin the wheel forward. On the driver side spin the wheel backward.