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    Angry locking wheel nuts - arrgh!

    To cut a long story short. Car gets a flat tyre. Get bus home.

    Called out AA via Vx cover the next morning. AA man discovers that locking wheel nut key missing, and he cannot take locking wheel nut off. Called Vx to get new key, and they can't order a new key until the 3rd, with a 7-10 wait time for delivery.

    Next day, call out AA for recovery to Vx. Dealer stacked up solid, say they can't touch the car till next Wednesday.

    Car sitting at Vx. Not even a courtesy car available!

    The issue I have is that Vx serviced the car in Sep 05. As far as I know, the key was in the glovebox prior to service.

    Now I know to check the car over completely after any trip to dealer. Annoying, as that's their job, isn't it?

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    Many garages will have a locking wheel nut removal tool. Try another place. Failing that get yourself one off ebay!!!

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    Look here:-


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/locking-wheel-...QQcmdZViewItem


    Could be handy to have a set "just in case"

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    The issue I have is that Vx serviced the car in Sep 05. As far as I know, the key was in the glovebox prior to service.


    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This happened to me a few years back. My astra sport had gone in for a service. I had left the removal tool in the ashtray and told the service manager.
    When giving the car the once over the next day i went to put the tool back in the place i normally keep it...but it was not there. Phoned the dealers up and got the response "it will have been put back where you left it". i explained that it was not there. They sent the mech to have a look and he "found it" in his tool box!!!
    No help to you i know but it means i always check now before leaving the garage!!!


    Oh and i've got the special tool....just in case!!!!

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    I'm surprised the AA couldn't get your locking nut off. The nut would've been damaged but you'd of been back on the road at least.

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    I carry an emergency removal tool and coupled with the fact that the 4 original ordinary bolts are in the little box in the boot, it gives a bit of peace of mind for them little 'at the side of the road' moments
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    I always keep the lock key in the wheel well with the tools, and loosen them regulaly to check they'll come off.

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    i got a new set of wheels and the locking nut key snapped i rang vx and give them the code and they give me a new key under warrenty i then snaped that one on the same nut that snapped the first.on the pnone again and they told me it was my for putting them on to tight.
    i have only had the car for 5 and a half mounths and told them when i got the car they changed the wheels over from the 17" sri wheels to my 18" irmscher so they must have put it on to tight. oh no all our staff are fully trained and wouldnt do that was the reply.
    so after many f$$ks being thrown around and me telling them that they wouldnt be seeing my car for any of its services they agreed to come out and try it for them selves
    so out they come and guess what SNAP went the third key and off went the fitter next day comes the phone call theres nothing we can do sorry
    all this time my car is sat out side with two 19" on the drivers side and two 18" on the passengers side witch i was told is illagel so in the end i took it to the local tyre place who removed it with hammer screwdriver and i big snap on socket costing me £30
    when i give the bill to vx service manager he just said you got no chance of getting your money back
    so it continues i hate vauxhall(ARNOLD CLARK) NORTHWITCH great selling you the car but after that dont want to know unless you are spending money and not them

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    How much are the replacement locking wheel nut remover, there is a number on the box, i suppose that is the number of the locking nut key.
    cheers.
    And a happy new year to every body.

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