Wheel wrench, a precautionary tale

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My Name: CMORSE

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2005 (05)
Engine Size: 1.4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 80000
Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)

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Went for a drive yesterday right up into no-mans land to take photos round a reservoir.
Came back and found I had a flat tyre.
Not had one since we bought the car.
Got the spare out, jacked it up, got the wheel wrench and found it didn't fit!
Tried ringing for help but we were so far up and away from civilization we got no signal.
We eventually found a lone lady camping next to her C1!
Her wrench fitted perfectly.
Wheel changed.
I looked at the wrench she had, it said SG9 on it, ours said Ford!
So, came home and sourced a correct one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331600887694 ... EBIDX%3AIT
Might be worth checking yours if you've never looked ;)


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My Name: C3driver52

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2003 (03)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 79984
Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: TU3 (75 PS)
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CMORSE wrote:Might be worth checking yours if youve never looked ;)
Thanks! I know mine is good, but its one of those things you very rarely use but its important that it works.

These extendible wheel nut wrench from ebay are also useful as they can give the extra bit of leverage needed for a difficult wheel nut. They collapse down for easy boot storage but extend and have a 17mm socket to fit the C3.
My Name: Missing Lincs

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2004 (04)
Engine Size: 1.1
Fuel Type: Petrol
Trim Level: Desire
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
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I can recommend the extending wheel nut wrenches, the wrench supplied with the car is often too short to remove tight wheelnuts. The manufacturer one is design to give roughly the right torque when tightening the wheelnut, however it is based on the average person, average pull etc. When it comes to undoing, there's no saying what torque the last person to tighten the nuts did, I have two tyres changed and the place that did it went to town on the wheelnuts, it took a hex socket and 1m breaker bar to release them.

I also carry an aerosol tyre inflator. Many people are against these as they aren't always suitable, depends on why the tyre is flat, and also, the tyre can be unrepairable because of the sealant chemical. Given the choice of 1 minute to inflate a tyre on a dark country road or hard-shoulder of the motorway to being there for 5 minutes plus while changing a wheel, I know which option I'd go for.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
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Missing Lincs wrote:I also carry an aerosol tyre inflator. Many people are against these as they aren't always suitable, depends on why the tyre is flat, and also, the tyre can be unrepairable because of the sealant chemical. Given the choice of 1 minute to inflate a tyre on a dark country road or hard-shoulder of the motorway to being there for 5 minutes plus while changing a wheel, I know which option I'd go for.
Some C3 models only come with a tyre inflation kit, so Citroen must be happy with them :? .
Citroen C3 tyre compressor kit found in boot
Citroen C3 tyre compressor kit found in boot


Holts tyreweld (here), gets good reviews but can't work miracles ;) Can't fix shredded tyres, anything slashed or has major damage to the tyre or rim. A complete spare wheel can fix all of them 8-)
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