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Question Locking Wheel Nut Replacement

Hi Guys,

Long story short, cannot find my locking wheel nut box.

Do not have the code and have looked through all documents and cannot find a reference to it.

Any ideas on what solutions I can try as I have a puncture on my rear tyre and need to get these replaced asap.

I have contacted EVO Automotive, but they have not got back to me since sending yesterday.

I've included a picture of what my wheel nut looks like if that helps.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Find an old socket that will fit snugly, hammer it in and unwind.

It's ruined afterwards

And then you'll miraculously find it.

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Yeah was thinking that, but then didn't want to somehow get the socket lodged on and not able to remove it.

Weird though, can't think why I would ever take the box out of the car, from memory I can't even remember seeing it for weeks. It either goes in the boot on behind the drivers seat :s.

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If the socket gets "lodged on", which is the idea, that means it'll wind off.

The sockets can be seperated with a FBH.

I think you can buy new keys on eBay.
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Ok I'll give it a go, just need to get some bolts to replace the removed ones.
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My Brera key was missing when I bought the car, I went to these people Evo Automotive Solutions Ltd
Unit 7, Denbigh Hall
Milton Keynes
MK3 7QT
12.00 I recall, for a key. You will need to send them a photo of the offending nut.
Having seen some of the damage caused by this problem I have now done away with my locking nuts.
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I think that's the company the OP is waiting to hear from.
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I think that's the company the OP is waiting to hear from.
Yep I think so, teach me to read the thread properly next time. DOH!
having said that the service from them is great, used them several times.
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Yeah that's the guys I contacted, just waiting on a reply. Really needed the bolt for Thursday but I think that's not poss now, did email them Tuesday though.

I've got 140 in the kitty, my new tyres that are waiting for me are 120, I literally have the money to buy this new set from EVO and that's it and the puncture is getting worse. Under any other circumstances I'd call the RAC, go to a tyre shop e.t.c but they will charge me for the privilege.

I'm going to have a bash tonight in the pitch black with a socket set, last ditch. Pretty nerve wracking driving 20 miles to work after pumping the tyre up with a foot pump at the end of every shift, listing and feeling for the any metal to tarmac sound

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Tyre foam it until the replacement key turns up! You'll have an unbalanced wheel and have to drive sedately but you won't have to replace the 4 locking bolts after destroying one. I've used the key replacement guys too but was able to give them a code to go with the picture of a bolt.

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Any good tyre shop will get these off. Most places charge 12 - 15 per wheel but if you are having new tyres it should be quite a bit cheaper.

Alternatively there are only a few different types. AHM at Blackbushe did mine for free with the last service and supplied a new key, so I didn't need new nuts, for about 10.
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How did you get on?

I had a similar issue,

Locking bolts overtightened by a tyre fitter (Months before, so no comeback)

I managed to get 2 off before the key broke.

One came off ok with a special winding tool (only because the slipping collar broke off)

One would not budge, paid for a couple of different companies to try, but ended up having it cut off with a oxy cutter, That worked perfectly without damage to the alloy wheel (but it was scary **** watching it happen)

Cost me around 80 in the end, for all the different attempts, now I wont have locking nuts on my wheels. Nobody steals std alloys anymore, so its not worth the stress.

Axe
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No luck so far Axe,

Evo haven't got back to me, might give them a ring though to see if I get through.

Obviously they haven't turned up yet, what is the oxy cutter method? Was this professionally done as if it's cheap I might have to go down that route.

I also don't think i'll bother with locking wheel nuts, rarely hear of alloys being stolen anymore and like you said, not worth the agro.
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No luck so far Axe,

Evo haven't got back to me, might give them a ring though to see if I get through.

Obviously they haven't turned up yet, what is the oxy cutter method? Was this professionally done as if it's cheap I might have to go down that route.

I also don't think i'll bother with locking wheel nuts, rarely hear of alloys being stolen anymore and like you said, not worth the agro.

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Look up this website www.LockingWheelNutKeys.co.uk
The site will explain what to do..... You send them a good picture of your wheel nut and their fee of 29.99 and they will send you the key by Return .If you ring them up they are very helpful . The key worked fine and there was no need for a code.
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Thanks for the website link, although I've seen it before and it did look a bit 'dodgy' with its layout.

In the end I contacted a main dealer who said to pop by and they would have a look at the car, check VIN number and sell me a master key for 26.

Haven't picked it up yet, but doubt i'll be putting the wheel nuts back on once they are off.
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