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    Default Help..can't get the wheel locking nuts off!

    I had my day planned. I was going to paint the calipers and bought all the stuff I needed......Only to find out I can't get the darn locking nuts off...from any of the wheels.

    I have an 04 1.9 CDTI SXI.

    On one of the locking nuts the ring has gone (no idea where!) on the other 3 nuts I just can't get them off. When I try the key just slips off...

    I went to Halfords to buy some locking wheel removers that you supposedly screw on. That didn't work at all..

    I popped into KwikFit.Ii don't like kwikfit but it is Easter Monday and I was due an oil/filter change and their cheap...they had no luck either and told me to go to a vauxhall garage!!

    Any way of getting these off without having to go to a stealer? I'm pretty annoyed since I had my whole day planned...only to go down the drain due to these stupid locking nuts.. Must be bad quality!!

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    Have the nuts rounded off? They are really soft material and my advice is get to a dealer and leave the nuts (pardon the pun) alone.LOL

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    the locking nut removers rely on that outer ring being off the bolt... so if you want to use them you'll have to get the rings off the other 3.

    I don't know about the halfords removers, but the snapon one's i use have 6 'teeth' that bite very hard.. never let me down yet....

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    If you are using the VX wheel brace then don't. It's not at 90 degrees. Try a 17mm socket and handle thing pusing it onto the nut.

    When I couldn't get mine off I called the AA and said I had a puncture at Home. AA man came out and used a cold chisel to "sharpen" the key.It worked. I just don't put then on tight anymore.

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    I'm not using the standard VX wheel brace. I've got one I bought from Halfords (one of those 4 in one cross things).

    I had my car jacked up to see if I could jolt it off somehow if I took off the other 4 normal nut...that didn't work either, the damn wheel didnt move at all....

    However, when my car was jacked up I noticed some play in right rear wheel!! I put the axel stands on, put my head under there and rocked the wheel. I could not see where the play was. It only happens when I shake the top and bottom of the wheel, not right and left. This is probably the answer to the knocking sound I get when I drive over uneven roads!

    I'll have to take the car into the garage tomorrow morning to have it looked at, so I'll ask them to get the nuts off as well!

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    Just a guess, but you'll need some of these......

    http://www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk/store/p...at=1444&page=1

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    top/bottom rock is normally the top arms void bush worn out...that would cause the knocking.....

    get it looked at while they rip off the wheelnuts..shouldn't take long with the right ripper socket..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    the locking nut removers rely on that outer ring being off the bolt... so if you want to use them you'll have to get the rings off the other 3.

    I don't know about the halfords removers, but the snapon one's i use have 6 'teeth' that bite very hard.. never let me down yet....

    same as mine Mark , i had the same trouble with the Elite about 7 months ago i chipped the ring of the nuts (took ages as i didnt want to damage the alloys) then the extracting sockets pulled them off ,

    ive just put a standard stud back on , to avoid it happening again

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTi View Post
    Just a guess, but you'll need some of these......

    http://www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk/store/p...at=1444&page=1
    good guess......

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    The locking nuts are now off. They charged me £35 for the pleasure..He said it took him half an our and he struggled a lot using his drill...

    Your guess was partly right regarding the knocking sound...

    The upper suspension bushes are worn. That's the same as the rear control arms right?..Apparently i cant buy just the bushes, it comes with the arm..

    I also had a broken rear coil spring!!! I was told that the broken spring needs immediate changing and i should not drive the car... The control arms is not so urgent and can wait. Which is what I've done to space out the costs a bit. I checked the spring myself a couple of weeks ago but saw no signs of damage...perhaps its my untrained eye (im a newbie when it comes to car DIY)

    Question. The garage couldn't say if the play in the wheel and knocking sound from driving over uneven road came from the suspension or the bushes being worn...

    Anyone of you experts out there have an educated guess? I'd love it to be the suspension as I'm fed up with the noise....?

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