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    Thumbs down Wheel lock key disaster

    My wheel lock key fell to bits today - the key shape metal inside the key socket just came off the socket and got left in the head of the key bolt - I got them out with a magnet. It's really weak system and they know it - you can see there is not enough metal for the required torque. I got a new one from VX dealer for £30 and he had them in stock !!! yes not just mine but he had quite a few different keys in stock. Obviously doing a roaring trade in these things. It's only an 07 car.

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    Know you've just spent £30 on a new key, but throw them away and buy a set of McGards, VX one are terrible!

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    I had to buy it to get them off - They wouldn't lend it to me - in case I broke it !! Thankfully they all came off.

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    I bought a new set of Vauxhall ones for mine a couple of years ago off ebay for £14, first time I used them I lost the key, I gave my local dealer the key number and they rushed me for £34 just so I could take them off and put them in the boot, they have NEVER been on since! at work there the bain of my life!!!! I HATE THEM!

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    Doesn't matter which locking wheel nuts you have - standard Vauxhall, or McGards - if you leave them on the wheels when having the car serviced or tyres fitted, then they're going to break in time because of all the abuse given by air-gun wielding monkeys. ALWAYS remove the locking wheel nut yourself at home before setting off to go to the garage.

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    I wander if it is to do with bolts verses nuts? Cars with wheel bolts always seem harder to undo. I've not had any trouble with cars with studs and wheel nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    Doesn't matter which locking wheel nuts you have - standard Vauxhall, or McGards - if you leave them on the wheels when having the car serviced or tyres fitted, then they're going to break in time because of all the abuse given by air-gun wielding monkeys. ALWAYS remove the locking wheel nut yourself at home before setting off to go to the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Know you've just spent £30 on a new key, but throw them away and buy a set of McGards, VX one are terrible!
    Yep thats what I've done - cant bring myself to sell the old ones (with the new key) incase another enthusiast gets stranded!

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    I agree its not the nuts at fault its the people that put them on to tight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    Doesn't matter which locking wheel nuts you have - standard Vauxhall, or McGards - if you leave them on the wheels when having the car serviced or tyres fitted, then they're going to break in time because of all the abuse given by air-gun wielding monkeys. ALWAYS remove the locking wheel nut yourself at home before setting off to go to the garage.
    Only if you go to a mechanic who's an idiot.

    I always use a torque wrench.

    But to the OP best thing to do is just ditch locking nuts altogether.
    I have it easier nothing to to worry about if you ever get puncture daft o'clock in morning when it's pee'ing down etc

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