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Old 11-14-2010, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Axle nut socket - HELP!

'03 Corolla clutch job....in the middle of it....

So why the bleeping hell can't I get a socket that fits the axle nut? I've rented the 30mm, 32mm, 34mm, and 36mm sockets from O'Reilly Auto Parts and nada!!! Piss me off. The axle nut is one of those sizes even though it looks kind of like a star type of nut. And I know about the staked part of the thing that needs to be pounded to allow the nut to move. Do I need a regular socket and not an impact socket? - I notice the walls of the impacts are thicker so it just won't fit into the opening even though the socket might be the right size.

Anyone done this? Or do I need some totally special socket (I can't imagine I do).

Thanks.
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According the the FSM, the nut has to come off with a special service tool or equivalent, but you can use a 30 mm 12 pt 1/2 drive deep socket to get it off. You may need to get a breaker bar to get started.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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axle nut socket needs to be 12-pt

Yep, you're right. Thanks. I had already gotten a 12-pt. socket and gotten it loose. I finally had the chance to post this. The 6-pt. impact sockets are too thick and don't work. No special tool is required, but you do have to unkink that dimpled part of the nut to be able to turn it. And yes, heat and a pipe on the breaker bar is what's needed (with someone holding the brake pedal firmly).
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30mm 12-pt socket '03 Corolla axle nut

Oh, and that's a 30mm by the way. (for the '03 anyway)
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30mm 12 point socket and de-staker
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's a lot of money. I bought a 30mm 12-pt socket for $8.99, and used a variety of tools/punches etc. to de-stake. Less than $10 for me.
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