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Hi, my locking wheel nuts on my i30 are stuck and apparently over tightened. The garage said they were so tight it has snapped the key and that they are unable to remove them. Does anyone know what to do, i really need the car back on the road?
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If they have enough access,, TIG or MIG a plain old wheel nut on top... Tool trucks around here sell special socket that grab theft nut to aid removal

Toss them in scrap bucket and put plain old wheel nuts back on
 

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If they have enough access,, TIG or MIG a plain old wheel nut on top... Tool trucks around here sell special socket that grab theft nut to aid removal

Toss them in scrap bucket and put plain old wheel nuts back on
Hi, thank you for the reply, do you know what these tools are called?
 

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... The garage said they were so tight it has snapped the key and that they are unable to remove them. ....
So you are at a shop that removes tires multiple times every day, and they can't remove stuck lug nuts? And now you are researching teaching them how to get it done? Frankly, if this was my shop, I'd be way too embarrassed to say anything like that to a customer, and would drive it to someone who does know how to get them off, without saying a word to the owner about it. Perhaps you should bill them for the automotive training 101 class that you're doing.
 

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So you are at a shop that removes tires multiple times every day, and they can't remove stuck lug nuts? And now you are researching teaching them how to get it done? Frankly, if this was my shop, I'd be way too embarrassed to say anything like that to a customer, and would drive it to someone who does know how to get them off, without saying a word to the owner about it. Perhaps you should bill them for the automotive training 101 class that you're doing.
They actually called and said that they are unable to remove them and that i will need to come and collect the car as they are unable to do the work until the locking wheel nuts have been removed. I am now stuck with a car that can not be repaired until i can get these nuts off. I am located in London UK if anyone knows of someone that is able to taken them off?
 

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The best tool for removing lock nuts with is the correct key. If some idiot has over torqued them so tight that it breaks the key your going to have trouble removing them with anything else. That'll be why the garage isn't wanting to get involved.

This tool isn't cheap but it's the best tool I've come across for removing lock nuts without the key. I'd be surprised if your local tyre & exhaust place doesn't have one. It might be worth popping in to see if they can help.

Good Luck!

DYNOMEC Locking Wheel Nut Removal Tool
 

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Try a regular socket that you hammer on to grip these things. Then get a complete set of regular set of lug nuts, widely available, and throw those locking nuts in the trash where they belong. The only purpose is to inflate the profits. Any self respecting thief can defeat those stupid things in a New York second.
 

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A heavy duty impact socket driven on with a small sledge hammer would certainly grip the locking nut to remove it.
I don't think this will work on the ones i have, they have some sort of rotating ring on the outside to prevent someone from doing this.
 

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The best tool for removing lock nuts with is the correct key. If some idiot has over torqued them so tight that it breaks the key your going to have trouble removing them with anything else. That'll be why the garage isn't wanting to get involved.

This tool isn't cheap but it's the best tool I've come across for removing lock nuts without the key. I'd be surprised if your local tyre & exhaust place doesn't have one. It might be worth popping in to see if they can help.

Good Luck!
wow, that tool is mighty expensive! Ill check with a few tyre places and garages tomorrow and see if they can help.
 

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wow, that tool is mighty expensive!
Much cheaper than the new set of wheels you'll need if someone tries to chisel the slip rings off all your lock nuts so they can hammer sockets onto them :surprise:
 

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I don't think this will work on the ones i have, they have some sort of rotating ring on the outside to prevent someone from doing this.
Weld them things, weld a simple cheap wheel nut to top of lock nut and use socket to remove

I had my MIG at shop,, would charge Used Car Dept 1hr shop labor to weld nuts and remove lock thingies..
 

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I don't think this will work on the ones i have, they have some sort of rotating ring on the outside to prevent someone from doing this.
I would do a Google search and see what turns up. I’ll bet someone has figured this out before.

If I could see this in person, I think a solution is at hand.

The Hyundai “key” is a chromed socket that doesn’t have the heft of an impact socket.

On the spinning type. There must be a point where the lug nut grips the rest of the lug nut. I’m thinking that once both the spinning top and rest of the locking nut will be tight enough to allow the impact socket to remove it.
 

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I would do a Google search and see what turns up. I’ll bet someone has figured this out before.

If I could see this in person, I think a solution is at hand.

The Hyundai “key” is a chromed socket that doesn’t have the heft of an impact socket.

On the spinning type. There must be a point where the lug nut grips the rest of the lug nut. I’m thinking that once both the spinning top and rest of the locking nut will be tight enough to allow the impact socket to remove it.
Still no luck with this, a local garage tried to weld to it but it kept snapping the weld. I'm guessing they were too tight. This really is turning into a nightmare.
 

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Still no luck with this, a local garage tried to weld to it but it kept snapping the weld. I'm guessing they were too tight. This really is turning into a nightmare.
Can you remove the top of the locking lug nut? A weld may not hold against a chromed surface.

Are all four frozen?

I guess you could grind off the back of the lug stud and drive it out from the back. If you can gain access.
 

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So after trying and trying to get these pesky things off for a week! Today they are finally off. So far the dealer didn't want to know and neither did numerous garages. Many tried and failed and ended up causing loads of damage to my rims (which now need to be refurbished) after they tried drilling, welding, chiseling and god knows what else. In the end i managed to get them off by finding this company online www.lockingwheelnutremovers.co.uk who were incredibly helpful, can not recommend them enough. They came out and had them off in around 20 minutes. I was absolutely shocked. This has been one of the most stressful weeks of my life trying to get my wheels off. I was almost going to angle grind the whole alloy off in the end. Anyway, just to update you all, they are off! And i will now be going for a well deserved drink! :grin2:
 
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