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Title: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: bigjeeze on August 16, 2013, 12:37:42 PM
I have finally ruined by wheel nut key - not bad for 12 years!.  I bought a removal tool which took off one bolt - but I can't get the bolt out of the bloody thing now!

Does anyone know of anywhere I can get a replacement key?  It is a VW part and the key is a "52"  I tried VW but they won't even look at it saying replacement of all bolts is the only option. Does anyone have one these things I can buy? 

Any advice would be welcome


BJ
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: Mirez on August 16, 2013, 05:21:27 PM
Got a pic mate? There are two types fitted, McGuard are the normal ones and you can order replacement keys direct from them.
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: bigjeeze on August 17, 2013, 10:41:57 AM
I haven't taken a pic as the old key is so damaged you can't see what it looked like.  It's a standard VW key that was supplied with the vehicle - there are quite a few types - they are numbered - mine is a 52 with seven splines ( Male) .  I won't be replacing the bolts once I get them off unless I can get a new key.  The trouble is I can't get them off!!
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: Mirez on August 17, 2013, 11:01:00 AM
I've not had any on for some time as without fail, they cause me problems every time I want to take a wheel off! Speaking to local garages etc, they all say that they are virtually no deterrent any more anyway!

I would imagine you have the standard version then, not the McGuard ones:

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Looks like you could buy they key from here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-AUDI-WHEEL-LOCK-KEY-52-WITH-SEVEN-SQUARE-SPLINES-/261056883595?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cc833eb8b

but it's quite expensive. The other way is to get yourself a large torx bit on a socket and hammer it in. I've had lot's of success using this method but it means that you won't be able to re-use the bolt again.
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: bigjeeze on August 19, 2013, 01:09:19 PM
Thanks Mirez

Yes that's the one - but as you say expensive and the price quoted doesn't include shipping from the us.  I bought a removal tool which got one off but I cannot remove the key from the bolt - despite breaking my vice and almost my arm!. The bolts also have a little pin projecting internally so I will need to grind that off before hammering in socket etc.
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: Mirez on August 19, 2013, 05:51:51 PM
Use a security torx bit and you should be fine :)
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: insanitybeard on January 07, 2017, 10:14:47 AM
An old thread now but my locking wheel bolt key (for the same series/ type of locking wheel bolts as those in this thread) is number 51 should anybody have mislaid/ broken their old key and needs a loan of one to get their wheels off!

Also, as I still have the locking wheel bolts fitted to the vehicle, I opt to tighten them to a slightly lower torque than the other standard headed wheel bolts to reduce the risk of buggering them or the key up- the normal specified torque for the wheel bolts is 170nm, which seems like a lot of torque to apply through what is a pretty small key!
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: johnnyroper on January 07, 2017, 12:09:47 PM
170nm on them lockers seems crazy amount of torque,I usually just nip the locking ones up. On my other car as some of the nuts were knackered I opted to fit a full set of standard nuts and not bother with locking ones. If the scrotes want the wheels they will have them no matter what I reckon.
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: insanitybeard on January 07, 2017, 12:37:49 PM
True enough, mine's only got the bog standard 16"s fitted though so I can't imagine they're super desirable! LOL
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: johnnyroper on January 07, 2017, 01:03:01 PM
Yeah same here although they are so prone to corrosion if they are any good they might be desirable to someone! Lol
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: insanitybeard on January 07, 2017, 02:04:00 PM
Yes, as mine have been refinished perhaps another jealous Galaxy owner might covet them! :D
Title: Re: Locking wheel nut key
Post by: johnnyroper on January 07, 2017, 05:16:22 PM
Refinished Ines could be very sought after :-\