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    Remove locking nuts.. hot or cold

    mates lost his key for the locking nuts. he said they're only pinched up really lightly so I'm going to help try and get them off with anything we can try to get them to turn off with.

    would they be easier to get off if they were hot. say from when it gets naturally hot from driving/braking?

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    I'm sure it would be easier if the were still hot/ warm.
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    That's what I thought. they're the same ones I threw away (McGuard) so a 3/4 socket should bang on and get them off easily enough. as long as he did only put them on finger tight.

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    if they're hot they'll swell slightly inside the hub, surely?

    I'd just do them at ambient temperature.. smack on a socket, and get the breaker bar on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg2004 View Post
    if they're hot they'll swell slightly inside the hub, surely?
    Kind of what I was thinking as well. Good luck getting them off!

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    I remember when i was in a similar situation, the guy put a blow torch on something i needed to get out.. Was thinking exactly the same thing about the metal expanding, but it turns out the metal particles are so excited, it can and would vibrate giving you a better ease.

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    Took them all off. banged a splined 3/4 socket onto each one. got them off easily enough. locking nuts really are more trouble than they're worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraggle View Post
    Took them all off. banged a splined 3/4 socket onto each one. got them off easily enough. locking nuts really are more trouble than they're worth.
    if you loose the key yes lol
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    LOL not just losing the key really. the McGard ones you only have about 2mm of the actual part that the key fits into. so they can and do chew up really easily.

    the ones I had chewed themselves and I had to grind enough away to get the key to grip.

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    Cold is the time to do it

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