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    Split wheel nut

    Not sure which section to put this in.

    One of my wheel nut has been properly butchered. Iím not sure how long itís been like that, it was on the car when I got it but itís internal drive and I canít think how to get it off.

    Any ideas???






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    just call out a locking wheel nut removal guy.

    or if you have a decent welder, stick a nut on the end and wind it out whilst hot

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    Quote Originally Posted by green_rs13 View Post
    just call out a locking wheel nut removal guy.

    or if you have a decent welder, stick a nut on the end and wind it out whilst hot
    Best quote I can get is £45. Are there any other options I can do myself?


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    If you can get a drift onto the bit that has split, you may be able to undo it with a drift and hammer.

    I'd put the other wheel nuts back on and tighten them first so that the knackered nut will go loose as soon as possible, then remove the ok nuts.

    If it won't drift off, you are pretty much reduced to welding a nut onto it as green_rs13 says or paying an expert.

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    The cobwebs in the pics suggest the car is not driveable today. Is that true ?

    If not, I have a random idea of putting the other four nuts back on fingertight, then filling the mangled nut up with aerosol PlusGas (if you have some) or WD40. Leave it for a few minutes.
    A plug of kitchen paper could retain more PlusGas within the nut.
    Then driving slowly around where you live for a couple of minutes, just around the block. Maybe 200 wheel revolutions.
    There will be nasty tapping noises, as this would be deliberately driving with loose wheelnuts. I will always deny ever suggesting this.
    Maybe, just maybe, that quite violent back and forth force could free the mangled nut off enough to be removed easily with mole grips or a strap wrench.

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    Something you can try is to do up the other nuts FT, some normal hex nuts, not more internal drive nuts.

    With that done, the load should be off the damaged one, so you may be able to undo it with some grips on it. Plusgas or similar is probably a good plan ahead of time.

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    Bolt inside it, weld said bolt to nut, undo it. Easy peasy if you have a welder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilchap View Post
    Something you can try is to do up the other nuts FT, some normal hex nuts, not more internal drive nuts.

    With that done, the load should be off the damaged one, so you may be able to undo it with some grips on it. Plusgas or similar is probably a good plan ahead of time.
    ^ I’d be careful doing this because you can stretch the studs and make them weaker and would then have to replace them. Looks like it might not be an option to use normal hex bits on these wheels hence why internal drive tuner style nuts have been used.

    +1 for weld on a bolt or nut, plus gas and heat then a decent impact gun.
    Good luck.

    Or spend two days with a Dremel...

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    £45 is cheap and simple. Doesnít sound bad to me for the predicament youíre in. Looks corroded as opposed to just tight too

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