Method for removing spinning locking wheel nuts

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After spending too much money and time on drill bits that werent strong enough and other bits and pieces to remove my spinning wheel nuts after losing my locking key I took it to the garage, They used a method I hadnt heard of in the past ( slight variation) and the £60 I spent was well worth it.

I watched them like a hawk whilst they did it ( they love that) annoyingly I have all the tools they used but not as much space and patience.

Ok, I had heard about 2 methods, 1 involved drilling out the centre and hammering a make shift tool in to turn the bolt, the second involved welding a nut onto the locking wheel nut and turning that.

Both failed for me, no matter how good the drill bits were for first method they werent strong enough and when I welded a bolt onto it the weld was never strong enough and bolt stapped off.

These methods do work, just not for me, and I tried, I really did, the reason I tried so hard is that i know somewhere down the line that bloody wheel nut key will turn up.

Ok, so the garage used a variation, They jacked the car up and hammered an oversized socket onto the locking nut therefore collapsing it which is literally what its supposed to do when tampered with, but then they used an Arc welder to build up the face of the locking nut, building up layers of weld to the point where the face circumference was doubled in size they then hammered a socket on that was a tight fit and used a breaker bar and they came off, all four took about 30 mins but I just thought id share their method as it was very effective and might help someone
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It's great to hear you got it sorted in the end :D

Your missing locking wheel nut key is due to be found very soon :?

For drilling hard metals, I do like the colbat hardened drill bits. They get through tough stuff better than standard HSS bits but are much more easily broken if abused.
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Year: 2002 (02)
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Thanks, I guess sometimes just paying for something is the easiest option.
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