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#1 Old 01-12-2012, 03:09 PM
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Spare Wheel Stolen

Hi All,

Discovered yesterday that my spare wheel on my 06/07 Santa had been nicked off the car. The tethering mechanism had been cut!!!

I'm going to get it sorted on the insurance, but can anyone offer me advice on how to secure it so it doesn't happen again? Wheel cover, in the boot etc.

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Hi Amardeem

Internal spare wheel covers are readily available online in you elect to store it in the boot, though you'd have to be very confident in whatever means you are using to secure it in place so it doesn't shift in an accident.

Passing a steel cable through and locking the wheel to the structure of the car may hinder anybody trying it again, but won't stop a determined thief.

Maybe replace the spare with a steel rim and a part worn tyre (purely so your loss is less) and treat the spare as a spacesaver type option (i.e. drive slower and change at the first opportunity)

Better luck in 2012
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Thanks sbis. I don't know how feasible this is, but a friend suggested using a small section of copper piping to protect the cable where it may be exposed underneath the chassis.

Thought about getting a cheap spare, but the securing clamp was broken in the theft and Hyundai wanted 120ish to replace that. After that it made more sense to treat it as an insurance job as the cost of even a steel rim with a part worn tyre must be at least 100.
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You're welcome. It's freezing here so I've only had a quick look, but there are several places that you could physically lock the wheel to the car. I couldn't see the cable mechanism, but what you suggest sounds feasible though a length of stronger metal tubing than copper may offer more protection.

Shame we have to go to these lengths eh? Unforunately you're not on your own as the girl I work with had her spare pinched from under a RR Sport and the alloy alone was just shy of a grand. I noticed in the dealers this week that cat thefts are increasingly common again, and they were selling a device to lock it to the car. Airbags too.

Let us know if you get a solution sorted as I for one will probably now put something in place just to make sure I don't wind up losing my spare!
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Had my SF up on a ramp this morning for some work and the steel cable had been clean cut! Spoke to mechanic (not Hyundai) and he explained that right angle cutters are used to do this from 4x4s. The high ground clearance means that filthy crooks can remove a wheel in minutes with the right tools! More common than you think apparently.

Although I'll get the wheel replaced on the insurance I'm seriously considering not carrying this on the car. I'm wondering if it's possible to get a spacesaver for a SF, or just live without it (perhaps always carry tyre sealant if I have a puncture). What do you think?

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Had my SF up on a ramp this morning for some work and the steel cable had been clean cut! Spoke to mechanic (not Hyundai) and he explained that right angle cutters are used to do this from 4x4s. The high ground clearance means that filthy crooks can remove a wheel in minutes with the right tools! More common than you think apparently.

Although I'll get the wheel replaced on the insurance I'm seriously considering not carrying this on the car. I'm wondering if it's possible to get a spacesaver for a SF, or just live without it (perhaps always carry tyre sealant if I have a puncture). What do you think?

A.
Don't know about you, but I wouldn't let a low life change my life in any aspect. He could have brought a jack with him and taken all five wheels(sometimes you just have to count your blessings in life). Do the best you can in life and don't let the riffraff impact you any more than you can help it.
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So, I've for the wheel replaced on the insurance ... 150 excess, but better than the 600 if I were to be paying this myself!

I then tried to figure out how I could make the thief's life exceptionally difficult, whilst still offering me the reassurance of carrying a spare wheel. I thought about carrying the wheel in the boot, getting a wheel cover, but in the end I came up with a low cost, low tech solution.

I got a bike security cable. 1.8m x 12mm of steel cable. I then released the wheel and wrapped the cable around the tethering cable used by the SF to secure the wheen to the chassis. Then I pulled the wheel back into it's normal position.

4.99 from eBay and now the their would have to cut through not one cable, but a series of overlapping 12mm steel cables as well.

It may not be totally thief proof, but the ba****d will have a mother of a job trying to steel this again!

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I've done the same thing on the back of your experience, but gave the keyhole a squirt of waxoyle so my attempt at preventing it being stolen doesn't wind up leaving me stranded unable to lock it.
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Never come across that product before. What does it do?
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It's a gloopy rustproofing product - Halfords | Hammerite Waxoyl Rustproofing for Cars Aerosol 400ml Clear

I squirted some WD40 in but found within a few days of dirt from the road the lock was stiff. I've also ziplocked the lock into a plastic bag and tucked it all out of the way. Probably overkill but it's peace of mind.
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