Getting a stuck socket out is an afterthought most of the time. Nevertheless, there comes a time when your old tools are stuck so bad that it becomes impossible to get them out.
It seems so hard because you are not following the correct process. Here we are gonna tell you how to remove socket from breaker bar in the most simple way possible.
Steps for Removing Sockets from a Breaker Bar
You don’t have to follow all the steps here. Any one of the steps can get your socket out. However, every step increases the chance of a clean release with an increasing amount of effort.
Step 1: Apply lubricants
Get the best penetrating oil you can get your hands on. We like Kano Kroil and WD-40. Spray bottles are better.
Apply the lubricant where the socket connects to your bar. Make sure the crack of the joint has a nice coating of the chemical. Then give it some time. We think it needs at least two hours. Apply lubricants twice in the two hours.
Step 2: Cover the socket and head of the shaft
In the next step, you are gonna be gripping the bar and the hand with a vise-grip. Wrap something thick like a rag that will also have good friction. You should have some fabric even if you are torquing with your hand. It gives you a better grip.
Step 3: Get the necessary tools for a stronger grip
Vise-grip tools are made for this kind of job. They will work even on round metals. However, it is better to give it a little leverage with a fabric or rag. You can also use a monkey wrench, crescent wrench, and even pliers.
Step 4: Try to separate with hand
After getting all the tools in place, pull as hard as you can. Make sure all the tools have a good grip. If it is not loosening, then wiggle the wrenches a bit.
Step 5: Hammer the socket
If you haven’t gotten the socket out, then take a hammer and hit the socket. Remove the coverings from it. The force of the hit will depend on how hard the faucet is stuck to the wrench. Although, if you hit too hard, you can make matters worse.
Step 6: Heat and hammer
If only hammering doesn’t work, you can heat the socket a little bit. The heat will expand it and help it to get out quickly. Although putting the socket on the heat for too long might also allow the wrench drive to expand.
After heating, hit the socket with the hammer. This time be a little gentler than step 5 because the socket is more prone to distortion due to the heat.
Step 7: Try prying
You can also get a screwdriver with a flat, thin blade. Put it in the crack between the socket and the wrench and try to pry it off. If the crack is minimal, try putting the screwdriver on the crack and hammering it.
Step 8: Making your own oil
If all of the steps above didn’t work, we would need a better lubricant. And you have to cook this up yourself. Mix Acetone and automatic transmission fluid in equal portions. Apply this oil solution several times and repeat steps four, five and six.
If all of these steps fail, you should visit a professional. There are a few other drastic measures. But those shouldn’t be used by someone new.
Lastly, I want to say that there could be a situation where the method described here won’t be useful. But for an amateur, more professional ways like using grinders and impact guns won’t be a good idea. Moreover, it is expensive as well. It is far better to ask a professional how to remove socket from breaker bar.