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    Default Locking wheel nuts beware

    Hi decided to paint the calipers on my sri this morning ,both passenger side wheel bolts and locking wheel studs where so tight had to use 2 ft extension bar to crack them .
    Moved onto the drivers side front and same thing apart from the locking stub which was so tight thr adapter droke into 3 bits .
    Just hoping vauxhall can get spare adapters if not its out with drill to remove them .
    Also seems like the standard wheel brace is made of chees ,have replaced with 17mm socket and small breaker bar

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    had the same problem with mine got a new key and that broke as well local tyre place got them off £15 a wheel , leave them off once youve got them off

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    Vauxhall charged me £28 to take all 4 locking nuts off, more hassle than there worth.

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    hi thanks for info i had planned to leave them off and your comments back that up ,but cannot understand why some garages tyre places do them up so tight

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    I know Ur pain

    There is a thread somewhere with pics of my wheel being cut off!

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    Whenever I've taken my car to my local tyre place, I *always* remove the lockers myself at home and put them in the glovebox leave them there until the new tyres are fitted, and tighten them myself when I get home... Then they can't be over-tightened by the fitter with the airgun, simples!

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    Fast fit use a torque wrench however there settings seem a little high, Local garage uses the air gun.!!

    Me i use the air gun but carry a suitable Wheel brace to remove but don't use the gun on the locking nut.

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    Default Leaving them off

    I was going to ask whether anyone else was leaving them off. The Wife and I have a Vectra each, and I'd got a second set of rims for each with winter tyres on. I went to change hers over and the locking stud key cracked into 3 bits. £30 from the dealers for a new one. A while ago I'd had to get another for mine after an over enthusiastic monkey tightened everything up too far when he put new tyres on.
    As well as being cheesed off at the cost every time this happens I could imagine being stuck out in the middle of nowhere with a flat and not being able to change the tyre.
    One of my relatives is a copper, so I asked him what the chances were of having your alloys pinched these days. He said very unlikely, as most cars have them. The most likely ones to get nicked would be the expensive after market ones.
    So I've decided to put the normal studs back in and save myself a headache and extra expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil-h View Post
    Whenever I've taken my car to my local tyre place, I *always* remove the lockers myself at home and put them in the glovebox leave them there until the new tyres are fitted, and tighten them myself when I get home... Then they can't be over-tightened by the fitter with the airgun, simples!
    Its not the lockers that are at fault, its the monkeys that fit them!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Yes, I agree, but in the case of my wife's wheels the studs weren't in that tight.
    When I went to the dealer to get a new key the parts guy said they had someone in nearly every day for replacements. He then tried to sell me the one they had out of their set in the workshop. It was chewed and rounded, so I said I'd rather wait a couple of days for new one. Honestly, just looking at the keys they seem to be made of crap material, and at £30 a pop its's easy money for Vauxhall.

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