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    Angry Broken Lock Nut Socket

    After nearly breaking my back trying to get my front wheel off, I eventually rounded the removal socket for the locking wheel nut

    Now, the last people to have the wheels off were Arnold Shark when they did the servie and MOT about 3 - 4 weeks ago. Whoever put the nuts back on did not torque them correctly and obviously used the air/impact gun, as they were solid.

    It really annoys me that to have them removed by the dealer it'll be £60 + VAT and then £30-£40 for a new set of nuts and key.

    Do you think I should go round to Arnold Shark and demand they remove all the lock nuts and replace them and the removal socket? Or will they just laugh in my face?

    Also, do you think I should just get the Irwin bolt grip remover set for approx £25 and try remove them myself?

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    dont know if that tool would work m8 if they are the same locking nuts I had they have a spinning collar on them..mine are now in the bin

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    unlucky mate air guns should be banned only takes a couple of min more with a spider and then torque them up

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    bad luck m8

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    Pain in the .......... .............

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    i had this problem ****in pain in the arse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morephun View Post
    dont know if that tool would work m8 if they are the same locking nuts I had they have a spinning collar on them..mine are now in the bin
    Mine don't have spinning collars mate. The key embeds itself in a cut out sort of star shape within the nut. The outside of the nut is round though so i wonder if the Irwin will grip it... I'll try and get a photo of the nut and key.

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    VX locking nuts are rubbish! My local garage got mine out for nothing, replaced them with new some locking bolts i had before.

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    they could of been torqued up, as the wheels get hotter they swell to the wheel bolt, then when they cool down the lock together HTH

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    Checked and the nuts do infact have spinning collars. Any other ideas guys?

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