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    Default Locking Wheel Bolt Woes

    Trying to get my locking wheel bolts off I've damaged the 'key'. I've searched high and low for the 3 digit code but I just dont have it. My local dealer has been less than helpful in wanting to extort £130 of my hard earned to get the bolts off (3 only, I got one off !)

    Does anyone recognise the pattern as the same as theirs and therefore in a postion to supply me the 3 digit code.

    There is a letter 'M' stamped on the key.

    Thanks in anticipation.
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    I think the keys must be made of chocolate as i had the same problem, luckily i got 3 wheels off and then snapped the key...had to smash a 16mm socket onto the bolt to get it off in the end...good luck!

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    mine failed in exactly the same way

    Mine look the same but i can imagine they all look similar but the offset will be slightly different

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    have you been to a local tyre fitter? I'm sure they'd charge less the £130!!!

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    I totally sympathise with you. I had the same problem yesterday - (http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ing+wheel+nuts). I got charged £102 by my dealer. I didn't know what else to do, so just went to them. My tyre was totally knackered, so had to get the car recovered.

    They put a new set of locking nuts on the car too, but they're different to yours sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaite53 View Post
    I totally sympathise with you. I had the same problem yesterday - (http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ing+wheel+nuts). I got charged £102 by my dealer. I didn't know what else to do, so just went to them. My tyre was totally knackered, so had to get the car recovered.

    They put a new set of locking nuts on the car too, but they're different to yours sorry.
    I hope they didn't put their own Vx chocolate fire guard equivenlant ones on!!

    If so go to your local motor factors and pick up a different set..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diet1985 View Post
    I hope they didn't put their own Vx chocolate fire guard equivenlant ones on!!

    If so go to your local motor factors and pick up a different set..
    They did unfortunately. I didn't want them to, but I was just so glad to get my car back I didn't say anything. They'd had it all day, and I was worried that at £72 an hour I might get a bill for £200+.

    The Green Flag guy who helped me, blamed it totally on the poor quality VX brace, and said there probably wouldn't have been a problem with a quality one. It's got me thinking about emergency situations now, and have started a new thread about tools.

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    I've managed to get one more off. So just the offside to attempt. With a scissor jack horizontal against a wall onto a block of wood and then my spider wheel brace !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigdrinks View Post
    I've managed to get one more off. So just the offside to attempt. With a scissor jack horizontal against a wall onto a block of wood and then my spider wheel brace !
    when mine went...

    The only way i could get them off was with my old man holding the bar onto the bolt... then me slipping a 4ft scaffolding pole over the bar and giving it a lil push.

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    i had to use a dremel with grinder on to remove the burs on the inside of the removal tool .. then manage to get mine off

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