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Thread: Damaged Locking Wheel Nut (Bolt)

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    Unhappy Damaged Locking Wheel Nut (Bolt)

    Ok, I may as well start off by admitting I know very little about the 'workings' of a car and rely on the experts for assistance. Which brings me on to my question/request.

    Yesterday I had a flat tyre which I managed to remove successfully and thanks to my neighbour, I managed to get to a tyre fitter for a new tyre. Anyway, having fitted the tyre to the car and replacing the wheel nuts (or bolts) - its a Peugeot 307 btw I was tightening the 'locking' nut when the small round disc on the 'top' broke off so that the nut/bolt couldn't be tightened or released (the wheel brace simply spun round with no sign of 'locking' in place. On examining the nut/bolt it actually looks to be damaged and this damage does appear to be old, probably done when I had the tyres replaced.

    My question, 'Is it possible to remove the locked nut/bolt even though it is damaged what would be the best way to do this. It was suggested that I call the RAC and have them attend but I'd feel like a real dope doing that, especially when they could be attending a more vital call.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

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    We would attend if the car was broken down, however you may have a number stamped on the nut which can be matched up providing you know the make or it's the original supplied by peugeot if you have a box or bag there maybe a number in there that can be used to order a new one failing that most garages can remove them and don't forget the other ones will need removing aswell.


    Miss breakdown

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    Here is a selection of cheap tools to do it yourself.

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=loc...ient=firefox-a

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    ^
    All of those tools listed can be used with some success, but...

    ...in some cases an air tool may be required to 'drive/cut' the 'Left hand threaded socket' onto the locking nut due to the 'strength needed'.

    Hometune: If you have the strength to do them with you're 'bare hands' everytime then I'm certainly never ever going to offend you!

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    I use an electric impact wrench!!! But you can whack them on with a massive hammer..............

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    some people say use a slightly too small socket, hammer it on, then use a socket wrench/knuckel bar to undo

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    I've used the "Smack an undersized socket technique" It worked three times, and snapped the stud on the last one. (Got the wheel off though) Only snag is I trashed 4 sockets in the process. Top Tip. If you buy a used car with locking wheel nuts, make sure you get the key!!!

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