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    Thumbs Down Locking wheel nut removal - the final straw - cutting the alloy off!!!!!!

    Currenly on my 04 astra I have and an alloy wheel locking nut that has been air gunned up to tight or has been cross threaded. I have tried all the usual methods to get this removed and have been through 3 locking wheel nut keys. We have tried drilling it, using expensive removal kits etc etc to no joy, the thing is just stuck solid. Garages just keep telling me there is nothing they can do.

    The final straw is now to remove the other 4 bolts and take an angle grinder to the wheel and leave me with just the bolt stuck out and then hopefully I can remove it while having more access to it.

    Anyone think this is a good or bad idea?????????

    I really am at a loss of what else to try next

    I have a replacment wheel and tyre ready to go on no problem, at the moment I have approx 3mm of tread left on it, but i do many long distance business trips so this will soon be gone.

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    When I bought my current astra it didn't have the locking wheel socket thing so I paid vauxhall to drill the locking nuts out fairly cheaply and bought a new set.

    When you say "Garages" did you try vauxhall?

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    It should be able to be drillled out, I had a rounded locking nut done like that
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    I would try your local VX dealer i'm sure they'll be able to get it out for you but using the above method. Hopefully you wont need to cut your alloy, good luck bud
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    hammer a socket over the locknut, i pick up a load of scrap cars and it works every time, you may damage the socket but its a small price to pay.
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    Yes two different vauxhall dealers, even went to our local prestige (ferrari/lambo) dealer to no avail.

    A friend works at an engineering company and he even took the car off me to take it down there to drill it out, he was very confident it would easily be done but even they couldnt drill it out with all the gear they have.

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    Get them to weld a bit of pipe onto the wheel nut, then use a long bar to break the seal and it could come out, this is what happened to mine!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenmini View Post
    hammer a socket over the locknut, i pick up a load of scrap cars and it works every time, you may damage the socket but its a small price to pay.

    Yeah tried that already, ruined two snap-on sockets

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    Well vauxhall definitely drilled out all 4 of my locking nuts (which were vauxhall ones) as you could see in the alloys where the drill must have slipped :P. Both vauxhall in exeter and newton abbot said they could do it for me (although gave different prices lol).

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    fancy using snap on sockets for that lol....

    have you tried those reverse thread sockets?? i know you said you used an expensive removal tool but was it these???

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