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Warwick67

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338 posts

94 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Anyone out there have any idea how to get a locking wheel nut off. Its one of those with a wiggly racing circuit style groove in the wheel bolt with a matching, mating raised track on the key. I've had it to my local "specialist" wheel nut remover, who has given up! As a last ditch cutting the wheels off would seem to be the only answer....


MG CHRIS

3,745 posts

47 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
A decent locking wheel nut tool remover will do the trick or just smash a undersized socket onto it.

joema

1,051 posts

59 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I had this on mine. Applied some heat to the head and whacked on an undersized socket.

Unfortunately it was all 4 as the key broke.



Old Merc

1,030 posts

47 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
I know this sounds stupid but its worked for me a number of times.Remove all the normal bolts and go up and down the road 500yds braking and accelerating to loosen the bolt off.Then wack on a knackered old AF socket if necessary.

shoehorn

402 posts

23 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
Dynomech uk,Mines never failed me yet,on at least 200 vehicles over 5 or so years.
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mbtech01

156 posts

51 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
Find yourself an old deep impact socket that you can hammer onto the locking wheel bolt then get a breaker bar & gently apply pressure. Also at same time get someone with a copper hammer to hit the breaker bar & hopefully the hammer shocks will allow it to come free. this has always worked for me & some of my colleagues but be careful that the socket you use is a really tight fit & does not damage the alloy wheel. Note this will not work with locking wheel bolts that have an outer sleeve that spins freely as the socket will just spin & not undo the bolt.

renorti

451 posts

76 months

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Saturday 27th October 2012 quote quote all
if its a vauxhall type of lock nut, whacking socket won't work as they have a steel collar that just spins!
had to weld a stud to the locking stud, came off easily then.

rsv gone!

10,976 posts

121 months

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Saturday 27th October 2012 quote quote all
mbtech01 said:
Find yourself an old deep impact socket that you can hammer onto the locking wheel bolt then get a breaker bar & gently apply pressure. Also at same time get someone with a copper hammer to hit the breaker bar
I watched an AA man do this to my brother's car. It worked a treat.

If the nut has a spinning outer then you need to break that off first using a cold chisel.

KM666

1,307 posts

63 months

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Saturday 27th October 2012 quote quote all
rsv gone! said:
mbtech01 said:
Find yourself an old deep impact socket that you can hammer onto the locking wheel bolt then get a breaker bar & gently apply pressure. Also at same time get someone with a copper hammer to hit the breaker bar
I watched an AA man do this to my brother's car. It worked a treat.

If the nut has a spinning outer then you need to break that off first using a cold chisel.
Exactly this. Thats pretty much an improvised version of the tool a good place should be using IIRC the proper tool costs £120 and is only available to trade. All of mine were fked, the 'locking' face had been damaged and so the 'key' wouldnt do anything. Had to pay out after trying pretty much everything including welding another piece to the nut. Cost me £30 as that was the minimum labour charge (1/2 hour) at the place I went to. I have alot of spare non locking renault wheel nuts so I just replaced them, I am confident nobody will steal my OE 15" wheels. The real cost is new wheelnuts.

Edited by KM666 on Saturday 27th October 23:51

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