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Wrenching Help Needed

Update: it’s been over three hours since I started trying to rotate my wheels, but I finally have two slightly-larger sockets, and plenty of new lug nuts. Time for round two!

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It’s finally the weekend, so after I finished housework I went out to rotate the Volvo’s tires. Unfortunately the lug nuts are in such bad shape that I’m stuck now, so I need some advice. Help!

The portly nut
The portly nut
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My main problem is that one of the lug nuts has swelled somehow, enough that it no longer fits in any of my sockets (19mm or 3/16”). Is there any trick, or do I need to go get a 20mm or 7/32” socket? Should I look for hex or triple square?

My secondary problem is that one of the other nuts that was also a bit bigger got stuck in the shallow triple square socket I had to use instead of the deep hex one, and now I’m not sure how to separate them. Does hot water get you enough thermal expansion, or do you need a torch?

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