Locking wheel bolts

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  1. DP_JAY

    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Trying to undo the wheel bolts the other day & the locking key/nut sheered .
    Oh Dear(or words to that effect).
    All the Fiat dealer dealer could offer was "obsolete, sorry". A big help,not.
    After trawling t'internet I cam across autoimparts.com & their web site showed a range of nut types & one was similar to mine, so sent an e-mail with the details & a photo of mine & bingo, they told me what code to order within the hour.
    Two(so I have a spare) new ones arrived very quickly by post & they fit &work perfectly.
    I can highly recomend this company for very efficient service.
     
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    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for that, well spotted.
     
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    Thanks for that, I have just ordered the whole code set :thumb:
    Now I can obtain alloys to order :Rofl1:
     
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    Not required really as "locking" wheel bolts are easily removed without the key if you know how. They dont lock really but instead are simply an ordinary bolt with a shaped "key" head. so can be unscrewed in seconds with an easily available tool that fits most if not all. save your money from buying the whole set :Rofl1:
     
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    I was joking :thumb:
    And as for those rotating heads, they can be squeezed tight do you can get them off:thumb:
     
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    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Like I said he tried & couldn't, but then if the key nut broke, I reckon it was pretty tight.
    The important thing is the wheel is off & back on without the need for butchery.
     
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    Many years ago had car with locking nuts , went to have new tyres fitted.
    Did not realised fitter damaged the locking cover , then had a flat tyre months later , could not change tyre , eventually called break down , car taken to garage where they drilled out the locking nut fitted spare and had to order spare locking cover. first thing I did when cover arrived was to remove all locking nuts on all the wheels and replaced with ordinarily ones.
    every car I own since had all locking nuts replaced by ordinary ones.
     
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