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Garage has lost my locking wheel nut key??????????

Hi there the garage has lost my locking wheel nut key and are not very helpful about trying to replace this, i am now stuck with no mot and cant pass until i replace the upper wishbone but no locking key to get the wheel off, is it as simple as order a new one from the main dealers, the garage said they tried to get it off the u nconventional way but could not any ideas please?
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If it's an OEM Alfa set of locking bolts then you can order a replacement key from Alfa if you have the code.

Do a search for other methods, there are plenty threads on the subject.
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twist sockets.

Job jobbed.

And charge them for it. They lost it, its their fault.

Or just go to any decent tyre fitters and ask nicely. They'll get them off.
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Its their fault and their problem.

Go round there and kick off until they get them off!
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another dude saying twist sockets..........screwfix sell them

or try hammering a smaller socket one, thats worked for me before

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Cheers going to put a new tyre on the wheel anyway as i had a puncture before although repaired its easier to get a new tyre and tell them i have no locking nut key and hopefully if they wan to sell me a new tyre they will surley get the wheel off ! Im going to look at those twits sockets as they look like a decent tool to have, Cheers for the help people as PS i wont be going to the same garage i know its thier fault and i have argued but sometimes its better just to never go back to ****ty *** garages with incompetent trainees on minimum wage.
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If you have the key code you can get one here: Evo Automotive Solutions Ltd
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i work for audi parts and the locking wheel bolts look very similar to the ones we use on post 2006 cars. ask at your nearist audi dealer for someone to go out with the kit and match it. they are about 26 plus vat. he might have it in stock. or atleast they might remove the locking bolts?
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Locking wheel nut removal


Take a look at Any wheel nuts removed - YouTube

It worked for me.
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An Irwin will remove them like they were normal bolts...
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Just for information, I had the same problem, but didn't even have the code. Simple cheap fix and no damage to wheel bolts=
- Take a photo of your wheel bolt, then email these guys with the photo, Evo Automotive Solutions Ltd (email is on the site)
- Ensure in the email you include some security info such as address and proof of ownership.
- They can then use your photo to determine which key code you need.
- You will then receive an email back with the code, go back to the website enter code + pay 12.50.
- Bingo, I sent the photo email on Monday and received new key on Tuesday morning.

These are also the genuine keys and not cheap alternatives.

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Whats the name of the garage?

Just so I never go there ;-)
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have a look at this add - not sure if the gt one are the same as 147/156 but may work as the gt is based on both models.

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The AA have special locking wheel stud removers and whipped four of mine off in five mins without damaging the alloys. :-)
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i've use a 17mm 'Impact' socket & a strong bar to remove such locking bolts on previous cars.
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I'd normally agree on twist sockets.....the best ones I know are Irwins...but yesterday when I had to get a wheel off a 147 with the Selespeed-type wheels the Irwin socket was so far into the wheel that I had to use the 3/8 drive - and it was so tight I sheared the extension bar - eventually had to use a small chisel to knock the Irwin back and forth slightly until I could get it off, then found an old standard Alfa locknut key and hammered it over the recalcitrant bolt.....controlled brutality always works-ish!

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My local garage left the key on the wheel! Not knowingly i drove a 25 mile trip then once back home spotted it.

Could have been a vary nasty accident, that flying off at 60mph !
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