Rusty axle nuts

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dtysdalx2, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    I have a Jeep GC 2011 and the OEM wheels kept water in the nut area and turned the threads and nuts into rusty junk. Stubs even. :eek7

    Anyone have one repaired and have an idea what is involved? Mine are fine as of now but. A hub will probably fail tomorrow with my luck.

    This is what I have to deal with. I hosed it down with WD-40 gel.

    [​IMG]
    #1
  2. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    No help huh? I thought so. :photog

    Well it sucks to be me. Probably needs to be torched off.
    #2
  3. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    5,700
    Location:
    6South Florida
    3 hrs, not very patient are you. A sparkle wrench will work but it doesn’t look like you tried very hard.
    #3
    Boatman and SmittyBlackstone like this.
  4. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    Never heard of a sparkle wrench. :dunno

    [​IMG]
    #4
  5. A_Vasiliev

    A_Vasiliev Red, white and blue.

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,466
    Location:
    Voronezh, Russia
    I think a "sparkle wrench" is an angle grinder :lol3
    #5
  6. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    :D
    #6
  7. Slowklr

    Slowklr Attempting to fall in style

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2019
    Oddometer:
    49
    Location:
    Texas
    I'd give it a shot with a breaker bar after cleaning the chunks of rust off.
    #7
  8. shinyribs

    shinyribs Thumpers for life

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2011
    Oddometer:
    4,054
    Location:
    The South
    Slather it with penetrating oil of your choice and heat it very well with a torch before even attempting to loosen it. Looks like it's so rotten that, even if the nut does come off, there's not enough material left to hold it all back together. But you never know

    Good luck, man. But that looks like a goner to me :(
    #8
    Whodatschrome likes this.
  9. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,176
    Location:
    green bay, wi
    Wire brush wheel it as clean as possible, throw away the wd40 and use knocker loose or any quality penetrate fluid. When you go to finally take it apart slather as much grease on the threads as you can and once you start dont stop.

    If all the fails then burn it down.:hide
    #9
    ohgood likes this.
  10. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    5,700
    Location:
    6South Florida
    Sparkle wrench is a cutting torch, dummies.
    #10
    mitchapalooza, dtysdalx2 and Beezer like this.
  11. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2004
    Oddometer:
    9,132
    Location:
    Anchorage, formerly Spenard (hub of the universe)
    you can try wrenching it off but I wouldn't waste a lot of time on it. one hint of stubborn and I put the fire ax on it. those spindles are shot so nothing to fuck up.

    edit: posting same time as you mr Shovel.... I know what you meant... we're talkin the same tool...
    #11
  12. The.Cheese

    The.Cheese Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 28, 2018
    Oddometer:
    26
    Location:
    North Georgia
    So you're not trying to get it apart because somethings broke? You're just worried its too rusted? Leave it be then. Deal with it when its a problem.
    #12
    MotoChris521 likes this.
  13. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,176
    Location:
    green bay, wi
    Maybe down south, everyone I've ever talked to calls it a smoke wrench
    #13
    dtysdalx2 likes this.
  14. Slowklr

    Slowklr Attempting to fall in style

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2019
    Oddometer:
    49
    Location:
    Texas
    Or blue wrench.
    #14
    Ducky 149, katbeanz and 1greenmachine like this.
  15. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,282
    Location:
    Castle Rock, CO
    There is a lot of scale there and you might be surprised what’s still left. Absolutely wire wheel the hell out of it, give it a 24 hour soak with really good penetrating oil like Kroil, and then a little heat and an impact wrench will bust that right off.

    No need to use a cutting torch, that’s crazy talk!
    #15
  16. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    6,654
    Location:
    Beautiful Revelstoke BC
    Wire brush, your choice of penetrating oil, heat and beat.
    #16
  17. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,928
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
    Needle gun and some earmuffs and a dustmask will let you know what you are dealing with.
    I haven't found wire wheels to be very useful dealing with scaled corrosion like that, its too hard and the wire just polishes the rust flakes.
    #17
    shinyribs, Boatman and dtysdalx2 like this.
  18. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2010
    Oddometer:
    9,285
    Location:
    alabama
    dremel a slot on either side, the nut falls off.

    then drill a hole or two in the wheel (or hub) to let the water out
    #18
  19. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    #19
  20. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21,977
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    Urban Dictionary sez...

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Sorry, we couldn't find: sparkle wrench
    #20
    1greenmachine likes this.