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    While pumping up the back tyres i noticed a nail so i was going to put the spacesaver on.

    The locking wheel nut slipped whilst on the bolt and has chewed the thread and the key is also knackered i suspect the people who swapped the tyres over when i had news ones last month caused the locking key to be mishaped of course i cant proove it as it was always fine before

    I need to get a new key and the old bolt off, would i be best going to a tyre garage to get the bolt out or Vauxhall, do they have masters as it may be cost effective to get a new set as i need a bolt or can you buy them on there own , looking at the front locking bolt it is slightly out of shape too but only just

    Oh and does anybody know the costs of replacement bolts & keys ?
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    Take it to VX, see if they will charge you or not. All you need is the Card with your particular looking nut number, there's something like a 1000 different ones! There's no 1 master bolt. Even with the thread striped, if they use the powered wrench(?) jobby, it should still take it off. But I'd get a new set of bolts, there only £25(ish) from VX.

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    Thanks, is it £25 for the bolts and key as i will need a key to get the other bolts out

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    The bolts come in a box set - Like these - You should have been given the box when you bought the car. The bolt "key" number is sometimes kept with the car owners manual.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Locking-wheeln...d=p3286.c0.m14

    As long as you have the bolt "key" card (You can see it in the picture) with the printed number on, VX should have an easy job of taking them off. Or, worst case - Try and buy the same bolts from VX, and call the AA! (Thats what I did when I couldnt get the bolt undone)

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    Call the AA, thats a good one i have rac homestart and the tyre on it is dangerous, think they will come out
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    Just had the RAC guy out and he cant do anything, the RAC dosent have the tool needed to get it out, they apparently have 2000 on order

    After having a chat and looking at the state if the locking wheel nut he thinks its air gun damage , of course there is no way i can proove it

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    Do the locking wheel nuts have the spinning collar that prevents someone trying to force a socket onto them? If not, Halfords sell a removal tool for a tenner - it's like a socket that has a reverse thread on the inside, as you turn it anti-clockwise on the locking nut the reverse thread bite's into the nut and undoes it.

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    yeah it has the spinning collar thats why he couldnt get it off , he had a normal one like you mentioned but there is another version for ones with the spinning collar which they have on order, he did mention that the dealers will have masters there are only around 12 or so sets they go off the letter stamped on the key not the key code in the box or so he says

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    This is the tool i need it shows a VX wheel nut !

    Seems standad kit with the AA typical im with the RAC but at around £125 its out of my price range

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GFXfEhTi8VU

    http://www.lockingwheelnutremover.co...exEnglish.html

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    that's some bit of kit that mate, have you got a local tyre place near to you, they should be able to remove them all for you for a small fee, then just go and get some new one's like mc-guard they are much better than vx one's
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