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Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

I'm trying to take out my axles and I can't get the nuts to break loose. I have broken several extensions and I'm starting to get a little ticked off. I have used pb blaster on them sever times and still nothing. Is it safe to hear them up with a torch? Wants sure if that could ruin the axles or not I know on some things it can? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

I would suggest an impact screwdriver. Generally can torque/break up to 200 ft lbs with one. Spray it good with the pb blaster and let is sit overnight. Hit it again in the morning and try to remove.
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

Tried it still didn't budging. I have a big impact that put out 965ft lbs of torque don't want to use that tho it could do some serious damage to the axles. Does anyone know if there are any nylon bushings in the axles. Never had to take one of these out before
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

No nylon bushings...are you sure you pried the indented part of the axle nut out all the way? That should be the only thing keeping it from spinning.
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

Use a flat head screwdriver to losen the indent on the nut than find a breaker bar and go to town . Mine came off that way all you will keep doing is stripping ratchets and breaking extensions.
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

Yup you can heat the nuts up.
I tried changing my 2 axles right before I sold the car, and I tried EVERYTHING; MAP gas (which is like 50 times better than propane), impact screwdriver, even my trusty 6' pipe cheater bar over a 1/2" breaker bar, and broke 2 of them. Nothing worked.

So I gave up, and sold the car (with 2 brand new axles in the trunk)
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

I'll check again a d make sure I pried it out all the way. The only reason I'm taking the axles out is to pull the motor. Thought it was going to be a easy quick thing... Guess I was wrong haha
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

Use the impact. Why would you do it any other way if you have an impact.
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Re: Are the axle nuts safe to heat up?

i used some wd-40 and a giant hollow 8ft bar from a swing set as a breaker bar. put it on the end of the screw driver and cranked down on it...
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