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    Eek Warning, Check Your Nuts, ASAP !

    Hi all, just thought I'd remind you (when it's convenient of course) to check your locking wheelnuts for damage and also the socket key especially if you've just had any new tyres fitted recently by inadequately trained staff. Make sure you can get the nuts loose incase you, your wife, husband or partner are stranded out in the sticks sometime.
    I've just had a big problem with my nuts . I went to replace my front brake discs and pads before Xmas only to find that my locking wheelnut socket wouldn't fit onto the locking nut as it should have and the inevitable happened upon removal, yup, sheered out nut, both sides. Took to last place had front tyres fitted and they didn't want to know, quoted £25 odd per wheel to remove, so that was gonna be X4 then and a new set of lockers, up yours matey. I took car to another tyre place and I told them to hammer it on and buzz it off with a gun, that just snapped the inside off of the key,. now I was in trouble, no key meant no way of getting off the nuts in any hurry.
    I managed to track another complete set down with an identical security number (lucky, eh) from an old ebay search, all in and posted for £10. Tried the key on the rears and got those off easily but could I do owt with the fronts, Nah. I even tried an impact driver but still no use. Now it was sh*t or bust time. Took car round mates, whacked on an 11/16 socket, of course that just span round on the security collar so bit the bullet and stuck a load of weld in the middle, it wouldn't shift it but we managed to crack off the security collar. Then whacked another smaller socket on what remained (can't remember size) and stuck the biggest wheel brace I've seen on it. Absolutely loads of pressure applied on it, with heat and added force it Cracked and out she came. Duplicated on the other side and I was sorted cost me a bottle of Brandy to my mate though, lol.
    This sort of thing could well have been avoided no doubt if I'd been present at the tyre place when they had done the locking nuts up, would've asked for a torque wrench for tightening. I suspect it was done with an air Buzz gun which by the looks and feel of it would have been whacked up to max torque, they were stupidly tight and probably the reason for the damaged socket.
    As for VX's Vectra wheelnuts and poxy wheel brace I'd say, absolute PANTS and inadequate for the job. I've now got a set of McGards on order to replace them and an bought an extendable wheelbrace.
    So do yourself a favour and check your nuts now or when someone else has been tampering with them

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    Rule number 1!!, after 5 1/2 years my vecy has Never had a air gun put on the wheel nuts!!, Why should you let some spotty git bang your nuts up!! , When some time later it will cost ya mega bucks, 110nm max and you will not go wrong, My lock nuts are as NEW!! cos i don't let monkeys touch them!! Rule number 2 = Monkeys are best suited up a tree!!.

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    rule number 3 throw locking nuts away >>>>>>>>>>vx ones are rubbish

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    they key snapped off in mine, £30 for a new key from vx

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    All four wheels on my car come off at least once every three months, between new tyres and servicing

    My car doesn't have a spare wheel, so need to worry about having a tyre issue and trying to use the kit

    I've had two punctures
    I simply call the AA for Vauxhall priority tyre repair
    The car is then put on a recovery truck and taken to the nearest tyre fitter

    I therefore visually check my tyres, as you should do anyway, before each use of the car
    All done as part of my daily POWER check

    Finally, never had any problems with a Vauxhall locking wheel nut
    I was advised on my previous Vectra B that the pin style ones were near the end of their life, and they were replaced with the current style dandelion ones

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    i put some much pressure on my mates car undoin them i snapped all 5 lol
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    Will check mine soon , as when i got up and looked through the window my o/s front is as flat as a pancake

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