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Old 01-12-2011, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Locking Wheel nuts in AMG alloys.

Good morning All,

I've running out of time and patience with this so hopefully the geniuses on this forum will have the resolution.

I've got a 1999 CLK with 17inch AMG alloys. Each corner has a locking wheel nut (the type that is circular with a deep groove the shape of a flower cut into the middle). Now, it seems that the front pair is a different set to the back pair. I have the key to the back pair but not the front. Halfords sell a tool to extract locking nuts but they wont fit into the wheel nut recess (it's quite deep and narrow).

None of the local garages can help, nor the tyre fitters. Some have offered to brutalise it off but cannot guarantee that the wheel will not be damaged. I'm a member of the RAC and thought this might be right up their street - they are not willing to listen as it's not a break down situation.

I have an mot booked in the next few weeks and I'm sure that the front tyres are very near or at their limit, you may also remember that I need to get at the front nearside wheelspeed sensor.

Any ideas of how I can do this or the tool that I need?

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Old 01-12-2011, 01:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've knocked them out with a chisel plenty of times,or found an old socket that will hammer on then use an air gun.....It really depends on how tight they are. Have you asked the MOT station?
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Yeah, I've tried three local MoT stations including the one I normally use. When you chisel them out do you chisel it right off and down to where it meets the wheel hub or do you chisel a shape into it so you can get a grip on it?

Anyone ever had the motoring orgs or even the police help with this before?
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Knock it with the chisel to undo it (loosen) then unscrew it.
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Take your car out for a drive, find a suitable lay by and let the air out of the front tyres then phone the RAC for assistance. Devious eh
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Take your car out for a drive, find a suitable lay by and let the air out of the front tyres then phone the RAC for assistance. Devious eh
That's a good one It's like when you have to be more than 3 miles from home before they come out if it won't start,tow it away from your house
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Take your car out for a drive, find a suitable lay by and let the air out of the front tyres then phone the RAC for assistance. Devious eh
I have considered that but dismissed it due to it's deviousness. Maybe it's time I stepped it up a notch...
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Could they be tap and dyed out? Drill a hole in the centre, create a thread down the hole and wind it out that way?
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Could they be tap and dyed out? Drill a hole in the centre, create a thread down the hole and wind it out that way?
Not with a tap.....You would need large stud extractor,get a long cold chisel a and a lump hammer and try that first.
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