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I got a case of the swollen nuts.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TnShooter, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Sep 22, 2020 at 12:10 PM
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    TnShooter

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    Well boys, It hasn’t been fun.
    Almost 1 hour in so far and I’ve managed to get 12 Lug Nuts resized.
    21mm socket and beat it on a little at a time.
    If you beat the socket on all at once it, the lugs get super stuck.
    And it dents the head of the nut up pretty bad if you have to beat it out.

    Tip: Use a 1/2” socket in case the nut get stuck.
    Then use a 3/8” extension to beat it out. (It still dents the head of the nut)
     
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  2. Sep 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM
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    Wattapunk

    Wattapunk Stay lifted my friends !

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    From a purely professional aspect, I would like to see a pic of your swollen dented nuts.
     
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  3. Sep 22, 2020 at 2:53 PM
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    ovrlndkull

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    Get these!!! One piece you'll never have that issue again.
    https://www.amazon.com/TOYOTA-FACTORY-NUTS-12x1-5-CHROME/dp/B00AT6TK0Q
     
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  4. Sep 22, 2020 at 3:02 PM
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    Too Stroked

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    The issue is a stainless steel cap pressed onto / covering a steel nut, Water seems in and corrodes the steel - causing it to swell over time. It's been discussed many times here in the past.
     
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    Yeah, I was aware of the problem.
    Some of it is due to me being lazy on tire rotations.
    Up until then they were rotated 3+ times a year.
    I haven’t rotated mine in over 14k miles (1.5 years or so)
    After I got 70k on the tires, I slacked off. Figure I’ll run them until replacement.
     
  6. Oct 2, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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  7. Oct 2, 2020 at 12:01 PM
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    What did you mean by the nuts resized? Like stripping the head?
    I've never encountered this issue, but is it made worse with the salt on the roads up there or just moisture getting in?

    So beat the nut slowly, not all at once. Got it.
     
  8. Oct 2, 2020 at 12:10 PM
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    No, as in the nut is actually a 21mm.
    But after many years they tend to swell up. A 22mm is to loose, and 21mm to tight. You can pound the socket on all at once. But the lug nut gets stuck really tight in the socket. When you beat the lug nut out of the socket, it dents the head in pretty good.

    Dented
    DDD18D17-EFCD-4C68-BC04-0B8E36FE2DC1.jpg
    Not dented. But will be, I don’t care now.
    1580570B-85F9-4F8B-ACF5-E65E5C973CFF.jpg
     
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  9. Oct 2, 2020 at 12:57 PM
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    Yep they are pretty good
     
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  10. Oct 2, 2020 at 1:26 PM
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    Ohh I get it. I had no idea...
    I take it there are no SAE sizes that would be an in-between?
     
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    As a preventative measure I spray fluid film inside the nuts every year when I fluid film the truck before winter
     
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  13. Oct 2, 2020 at 2:11 PM
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    You're still not getting inbetween the outer chrome cap and the lug. Spraying anything like that on the threads of any fastener changes the torque rating.
     
  14. Oct 2, 2020 at 4:23 PM
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    I do the same thing with a shot of WD-40. That'll keep your nuts from swelling.
     
  15. Oct 2, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    What tires did you get 70k out of? What pressure did you run? Thats great 70k!!
     
  17. Oct 2, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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    pressure was around 30-32 Front /32-34 Rear.
     
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