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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!! in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Hey Guys, I need to remove my wheels from my 2011 CTS V to paint the Brakes, BUT I cant ...
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    Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Hey Guys,

    I need to remove my wheels from my 2011 CTS V to paint the Brakes, BUT I cant take them off cuz my V only came with the Tire INFLATOR KIT and not the Jack and LUG Nuts Wrench. I tried to use my Wife's Lexus Jack and Wrench but the WRENCH didnt FIT the LUG NUTS on my V! (thought all Wrenches were universal Size??) Is there a specific LUG NUT Wrench for our V's?? Any other suggestions are very appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Nothing specific. The "X" type has one that will fit which is carried at any auto parts store. It might be either 7/8" or 19MM but not sure cuz....

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    What kind of paint are you using to do the brakes?

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    baabootoo : Thanks for the advice.

    Staflyr: I am using the Duplicolor Brake Paint kit.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Really?

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Will you cover the decals or get new ones? I'm going to paint mine but wonder about the heat reaction with stick-on decals.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by baabootoo View Post
    Will you cover the decals or get new ones? I'm going to paint mine but wonder about the heat reaction with stick-on decals.
    I will get new ones. I really like the Decals and the look.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Keep in mind the spec for the V lug nuts is 150 ft lbs. Most cars are 90. They will be tough to break free if they in fact were torqued to spec.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by baabootoo View Post
    Nothing specific. The "X" type has one that will fit which is carried at any auto parts store. It might be either 7/8" or 19MM but not sure cuz....
    22 mm.

    Best regards,

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    True. I pulled my wheels this weekend & cleaned up the insides... Broke them loose with a torque wrench. Be sure to get a 1/2 inch socket if you use a ratcheting tool. A star (or X) style wrench will probably not give you the torque to break one loose or tighten it to 150lbs.

    22mm is the ideal fit. 7/8 will work but there's some slop and I (you) sure don't want to round off the caps on those lug nuts.

    (I snapped two 3/8 inch ratchet adapters trying to break them loose.)

    Even once lugs were removed, the rear wheels had some rust/corrosion build up and didn't come off the hub easily.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Wondering why you used a torque wrench to break them loose? Did it just happen to be a longer handle than your normal sockets??

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lancekl View Post
    Wondering why you used a torque wrench to break them loose? Did it just happen to be a longer handle than your normal sockets??
    When I got the car, I gave up looking for an "X" unit with 4 sockets where 1 of them was a 22 mm socket. So I just bought a 22 mm socket for my torque wrench and I keep everything in the spare tire well.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Double e View Post
    True. I pulled my wheels this weekend & cleaned up the insides... Broke them loose with a torque wrench. Be sure to get a 1/2 inch socket if you use a ratcheting tool. A star (or X) style wrench will probably not give you the torque to break one loose or tighten it to 150lbs.

    22mm is the ideal fit. 7/8 will work but there's some slop and I (you) sure don't want to round off the caps on those lug nuts.

    (I snapped two 3/8 inch ratchet adapters trying to break them loose.)

    Even once lugs were removed, the rear wheels had some rust/corrosion build up and didn't come off the hub easily.
    You used a 3/8" ratchet? I'm not the least bit surprised they snapped.

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    Re: Wheel REMOVAL TROUBLE! HELP!!!

    Jam a little paper towel into the end of the socket, otherwise you'll have nice circle gouges at the end of your lug nuts....

    Also, please use a regular floor jack, NOT a Lexus tire-change jack!!!!!

    I think a trip to your local Sears is in order so you can buy a 1/2" Torque wrench, 22mm socket, and floor jack. Oh, and a breaker bar to loosen them.

    150 ft-lbs + 3/8" anything = broken
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