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locking wheel nut problem

as i need to replace my wheels the pins on my nut for my locking wheel bolts have snapped so now i stuck was just wondering if anyone can advise on how to get the locking bolts out

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Re: locking wheel nut problem

its usually easy, but the method depends on the type of locking nut you have.

usually you can hammer a 17mm or 19mm socket on. alternatively you may need to use some long nose pliers. some types (e.g. mcgard) are difficult to remove and you need to have a few lengths of steel rod inserted in the grooves and then use something (long screwdriver) to turn them all.
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

cheers jug its got 3 pin holes not sure what make they are
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

ah yes the 3 pin nuts. they almost always have the male pins on the key and the female pins (or holes) on the bolt. you can insert a pair of long nose pliers into 2 of the 3 holes. lever the pliers round using a screwdriver between the 2 handles. that is usually enough to get the locking bolt off. be careful not to slip and scratch the alloy.
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

cheers jug dont matter bout slloy as i getting four new ones as cannot find a matching one to my set
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

hi jug tried the pliers method doesn't seem to get enough leverage, then tried a 17 mm socket over it and it just span

any other ideas maybe a 16mm ???

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Re: locking wheel nut problem

If you have a welder jsut weld a nut or something like a old socket set to it?
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

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any other ideas maybe a 16mm ???
yes. if 17mm spins then try a 16mm socket.
alternatively they may have a sliding collar to stop you hammering a socket on, and that is why the 17mm socket could spin without loosening the nut. if that is the case then you need to use the plier method or contact the manufacturer for a replacement locking key.
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

yeah i thinjk it is a sliding collar but this is how the garage got the other one off, is there a way to break the collar off leaving just the main bolt head or would it just be worth letting a garage sort it ????
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

in the past i have used some water pump pliers to nip the sliding collar, preventing it from spinning. this method depends on enough of the nut sticking out so you can grip it. been able to do it depends on the wheels. failing that i hammer the socket right on as far as possible to kink the collar, preventing it from turning. this leaves you with the problem of getting the socket back off once you remove the nut.
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

sorry to dig and old post up but this sounds like the exact same locking key as i have..and the same problem lol
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

here is a little tip.

Tighten up by a tad the other 3 wheel bolts. This pulls the wheel in tighter by a teeny tiny bit and releases the pressure between the locking bolt and alloy.

At this point you can give it a tap with a punch or tap over a tight socket etc.
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Re: locking wheel nut problem

thanks mate,gonna have to try a tight socket then and by reading the above ill also try long nose pliers as i havnt got a punch.

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Re: locking wheel nut problem

You could just buy the propper tool.

http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp...ferrer=froogle

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Re: locking wheel nut problem

yer ive seen them,but havnt got an impact driver so would be pointless.
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