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neilcbc9799

Member Since 27 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active May 09 2011 11:37 AM
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In Topic: Ford Puma Locking Wheel Nuts

05 May 2011 - 03:37 PM

Success!

I managed with the help of a rather large screw driver to break the metal surrounding the nut. Once this was off it was relatively easy to hammer on a 16mm socket and unscrew the damaged nut.

I managed to save myself some pennies by the looks of things.

I hope my problem doesn't occur with anyone else. It looked daunting at first!

Thanks Jeebowhite for your help and advice.

In Topic: Ford Puma Locking Wheel Nuts

28 April 2011 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for your help.

I've never seen anything like these before and they look almost custom made with added protection!

Looks like I'll be paying the welder a visit!

Cheers again.

In Topic: Ford Puma Locking Wheel Nuts

27 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

Hope this has helped?
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In Topic: Ford Puma Locking Wheel Nuts

27 April 2011 - 03:34 PM

I cant see the picture as work have blocked the website. you will have one of three main designs... Round nuts with a locking pattern ground into them, nuts with a sort of "Torx" (Star) shape hole in the middle, there may be other designs (I wish I could see those pictures!).

You may need to try and buy a similar style key, but worst case scenario they will need to be removed by a garage. I will try and take a look at the pics when I get home, and will try and post a further update if I get the chance...

There are ways that you can resolve this. if you cannot get ahold of the key...

1) use a slightly larger socket than the nut (i.e. if the nut is 21mm diameter, will a 21 mm just fit over the top, or try a 22mm) - Basically you can mallet this socket over the top and remove the nut with a standard extendable wheel wrench, or ratchet. this can remove the nuts
2) angle grinder - the most painful method to watch, but I had to have it done on one wheel, the nut was so badly damaged that they had to try axle grind the nut then they had to take the wheel off!
3) Spot Welder - If you can get a spot welder to weld the nut to an old socket then you can remove it - yes its a waste of four good sockets, but its much cheaper than replacing four wheels!

Unfortunately I had this on the focus, so feel your pain, in the end I removed the lock nuts from the car!


Thanks for the info. I can't see a way out of this. I thought about using a slightly larger socket but there is this protective metal ring around the nut itself (which is attached loosely behind the nut) and is blocking my ability to put a socket anywhere over the nut.

I look forward to receiving any thoughts hopefully after you've managed to see the photo.