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    hello guys

    i recently bought a set of alloys for my vectra 04 plate car and was wondering if i need special alloy bolts or would the ones on off my old steel wheels do


    reason being guys i had a nightmare yesterday i bought the misses a set of original ford mondeo alloys for her year of car (04 plate mondeo) .......fitted them,tightened up all the nuts

    took it for a drive and a wheel came off damaging the nearside wing and discs etc

    i used the original bolts that were on the steel wheels of the mondeo

    so today to be on the safe side) i phoned vauxhall to find out if my car should have special alloy bolts for original vauxhall alloys and the chap tells me no they only stock one type of bolt that does both.... i have alloy locking wheel nuts on mine (one per wheel) but the other 4 are from the steel wheels

    back to the wifes car


    phoned ford and they tell me that you should use special alloy nuts on the mondeo

    confused now

    the wifes car is an insurance job now

    anyone offer any advice on this please i feel like a total W**K for fitting these wheels without first checking i could have done major damage to not only ourselves but to others had we managed to make it onto the main drive

    guys should the normal wheel nuts have held it in place for a 1 minute drive they all felt tight when i rocked them before lowering the jack

    reason being is that i'm feeling that that the alloys were major worn at the point the nut tightens do and this has caused the wheel to fall off

    someone at work sujjested that maybe someone has had these wheeels and drilled the holes out to fit their car of a different make

    i don't honestly know justed shocked and appreciate any advice given lads

    cheers

    Gary

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    I don't think the vx dealer is being totally true with you mate, alloy wheel bolts generally have a larger taper to spread the load over the alloy bolt hole. In my opinion you should get genuine alloy nuts/bolts for both.

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    There was another thread about this type of thing recently.I was always told to use steel bolts with steel wheels and alloys with alloys.As the steel wheels cut into the softer alloy bolts,therefore loosening them.Happened to a friend who had a Toledo.Got a puncture and put the spare steel on with alloy nuts.Drove approx 100yds and wheel was practically off.A lot of swarf from the alloy nuts was lying around the wheel.I was told I was wrong by a few people,but I wouldn't take the chance.Look at the wheel and see if there are any filings where they have rubbed off the alloys.Glad no-one was hurt,thats the main thing

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    guys thanks for your replies

    i've got a vx trade acc and honestly enquired about this and the chap said no they only stock one type of wheel bolt for the vectra c which does steel and alloy

    bamboozled maybe try another vx dealer tomorrow and see what they say

    don,t want my wheels falling off with kids in the car this puts the S**ts up you

    cheers

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    Why risk it? I'd just buy a set of new Bolts inc a locker for each off ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSYSH466Y View Post

    had a look at this and the thread says your original bolts are fine

    still bambbozled

    any more info appreciated

    just cant understand why vauxhalls are ok to use with both steel and alloy and ford are not

    cheers guys


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    It could be what there hubs are made of at a guess or there bolts are weaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSYSH466Y View Post
    Why risk it? I'd just buy a set of new Bolts inc a locker for each off ebay.
    i know what your saying mate but off ebay you don't know the quality of the bolts .........i already have vauxhall a vauxhall locking nut on each wheel but feel there is a lot of confusion reading throught the threads with regards to alloys and original steel wheel bolts being used with them

    cheers for taking time out to reply

    G

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    I think you guys will find that VX have been using the same wheel bolts for the last 30 or so years & have only now changed to nuts on the 'Insignia'. I have had alloy wheels on Cavalier's & Vectra's as a standard fitting all with the same steel bolts so not sure what you say is correct ........

    Mind you I have been known to be wrong in the past

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