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Old 09-17-2003, 03:21   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Have a big problem in that being the home mechanic, I changed the brake pads the other week - but - have no idea on what I did with the key to the locking nuts. Does anyone have a solution for getting them off without the key??????

Help please!
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

Most common solution seems to be hammering on a socket with a bit of persuasion and then undoing it.
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

I agree,been years since I have done it but I think it is a 22mm socket,bang it on with a hammer undo nut
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

Large size gator grips work well (socket with all the pins in them).
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

Go with hammering the socket on, ruins ya nuts!! But at least you can get your tyres off.
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

i have seen people take a die grinder or cutoff saw and put a groove across them and break them loose with a big screwdriver, but it takes a bigger screwdriver than the average person has at home.
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I'd have a good look for that locknut key.....
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

Locknut key is gone. Off to Bob Janes tomorrow, they recken they can get it. Thanks for the suggestions, have tried a couple to no avail.
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

i bet that they used a socket (depending on type of lock nuts)
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Re: Locking Nuts - How do you get them off!

you can get sockets with a whole heap of pins in them so they conform to the nut. They are used for undoing rounded nuts etc. Could use one of those..
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