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    Default Spare Wheel Bolts From Locking Wheel Bolts

    Just read this on another forum

    on some vehicles, fiat being most prominent in my mind, when you may have to fit your space saver spare, do not use the alloy wheel nuts to secure the wheel.
    most cars come with a little box with four spare wheel nuts in it along with other little tools.
    the reason the shorter wheel studs are in the box is solely to use with the space saver.

    the space saver wheel is much thinner at point of contact with the hub and should the normal alloy studs be used to secure the spare, the studs go too far through into the hubs and will totally destroy the rear brake mechanism inside the rear hubs.
    Surely the bolts which come in our boxes are just the ones removed from the car when fitting aren't they? Have never given this a thought & it sounds it could be quite destructive

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    Thinking about theres nothing inside the rear hub for brakes cause it uses calipers and not shoes on the rear drums?????

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    This normally applies to cars with handbrake shoes inside the drums,like the omega.The bolts in the locking bolt box are just standard,so no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    Thinking about theres nothing inside the rear hub for brakes cause it uses calipers and not shoes on the rear drums?????
    That is true, put my mind at ease, mind you I've already used the space saver on the rear with the same bolts
    Still never given it a thought though & could be a usefull piece of information.

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    Whoever posted that is talking b***ocks. The locking bolts are usually the same length as the standard bolts, and as others have said the one's in the box are the standard bolts the locking one's replaced. Besides, why would you only have 4 bolts in the box for a 5 stud fitment?

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    Not really, because on some mercs they give you a set of bolts just to use with a steel spare.

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    I can testify that the above is not b&**$£ks!

    About 18 years ago I drove a Fiat Strada with Alloys (it was a 105TC, if you know your Strada's). Anyhow, I hit a pothole with one of the alloys (made by Speedline) and the wheel shattered. So I robbed the spare off my mum's Fiat Regata 100S & put it on there - except the alloy wheel bolts from the alloy wheel were too long for the steel wheel... they protruded too far into the hub (it was on the front). It seemed to go on okay, but when I drove off, it made a hell of a clatter. Realised pretty quickly what had happened, but it was too late. I physically couldn't remove 2 of the bolts, as they had been bent & sheared off by the hub. New 2nd hand hub had to go on - not a nice job.

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    Ok then, I'll refine my statement. If you've got a box marked "locking wheel bolts" with only 4 bolts in it on a 5 stud car, it's safe to say the bolts holding the alloys on will be fine with the spare.

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