• Nov 16, 2007
What do you do when you've got a lug nut that just won't budge? While you might want to blast it to smithereens, lots of dirty words, some mechanical finesse, a breaker bar, and heat usually get the job done. Of course, swearing like a truck driver is wholly unsatisfying when you compare it to the joy of firearms. A 66-year-old Washington resident had been dealing with a recalcitrant Lincoln Continental for two weeks when he decided he'd had enough.

A 12-gauge shotgun is not exactly effective at delivering a shock to a wheel nut, even with all that powder behind it. What did ensue, though, was a potentially deadly and certainly injurious shower of buckshot. Shooting a car wheel from an arm's length is a guaranteed way to create plenty of ricochet. The shot found purchase in the much softer organic material that comprises a human being, and the man sustained injuries from his feet to the middle of his abdomen. Next time, whack it with the BFH.

Thanks for the tip, James!

[Source: BBC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Developer comment: testing replies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Firearms+Stupidity= purging of the human gene pool. But then again he's still alive.
      Bill
      • 7 Years Ago
      They forgot one part of the report. Did he get the lug nut off? I called the local paper that released the article because a buddy and mine made a bet, and the paper did not know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's suppose to sound like that. I actually heard this on the radio the other, dumbass guy.
      assss
      • 7 Years Ago
      A AK-47 would get the job done.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This just goes to show that age and wisdom do not necessarily go hand in hand...
      • 7 Years Ago
      is the title supposed to sound dumb or does Dan Roth have horrible grammar?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wait a sec - DA Murphy is right - oopsie.

        Fixed now. Thanks for letting me publicly humiliate myself :)

        Dan
        DriftPunch
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a play off poet Richard Lovelace's quotation: "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage. "

        Either you need more edumacation or you need to watch more Bugs Bunny (How I first became familiar with the quote). Bugs says: "Iron bars do not a prison make, but they sure do help eh doc?!!!"
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, did I confuse you?
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        "M, it's not backward,"

        ... only it definitely is.

        "that's how I intended to write it. It's a common way to structure a phrase. See above."

        Your phrase is the reverse of those examples.

        DAMurphy has shown you how it should be correctly stated.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate to add fuel to the fire, but this might just put it out. I think that it should read "A shotgun does not a lug wrench make." The way I read the title I thought that the guy tried to make a shotgun out of his lug wrench, but apparently he just used the shotgun. Am I wrong?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes Dan. You confused me. Because you said it backwards. I assume that's what confused chop too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess the Brits would love this story. Anyone have ideas on how the gent would tighten the lug nuts after changing the "tyre".
        • 7 Years Ago
        it was already on Top Gear's website, they were bashing Americans because we made it easy for them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you let the dealership "technicians" tighten your lug nuts with an impact wrench. Keep idiots away from your car, even if that means yourself!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, Autoblog. You guys are slow. Already read this in Yahoo last week. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Correction..it felt like last week. I gotta get out more!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      natural selection 1
      66-yr old man 0
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL

        You win!
        • 7 Years Ago
        A good idea does not some whiskey make.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To loosen stubborn lug bolts, I often stand on the wrench using my weight and the wrench arm for leverage. Most recently, I had to jump on it to loosen a bolt.

      After that, I used little bit of anti-seize before tightening and torquing but not sure antiseize whether this is the right way... I've been checking very often to ensure that the torque (90ft.lbs) holds... and so far so good: no loosening after 500 miles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Standing on the lug handle is a great way to fall off and smash your head. I use anti-seize on my wheel bolts, and torque properly. I always re-torque if someone else has removed and reinstalled the wheels, as they always overtorque the wheel bolts/lugnuts. I had an incident years ago where the wheel nut was so tight that I *did* have to resort to standing and bouncing on a lug wrench. It eventually loosened the nut, but bent the wrench, as well.
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