I trusted the wife to take my trusty Focus to have a tyre replaced due to a slow puncture. My usual (trusted) garage was too busy so she took it to a local independent "tyre place" they managed to strip the inside of the key so couldn't remove the nut. They swore blind they had the key on straight etc but my wife had her doubts.
Anyway they wanted £60 to remove the locking nuts & replace them & the locking key with Ford supplied parts. I called them & asked how much to replace the locking nuts with standard nuts & was told it was still £60 as they had to get them from Ford. I told them to "F*ck off" as standard wheel nuts come in "standard" sizes.
On a previous car I removed a locking nut using the methods shown on youtube e.g. slightly undersized socket, bash it on & away you go.
This option does seem to be viable for my Focus as the locking nut appears to have a collar round it, I also can't get a standard socket over it due to there only being a tiny gap between the nut collar & the wheel itself.
Has anyone successfully managed to remove one of these type successfully? If so how? (Do I need to chisel off the collar & I'll then have room/access to the nut itself) I though it best to ask for advice before taking a 4lb lump hammer & a cold chisel to it, lol)
I've attached a couple of pictures to try & show it a little better. One is a fleabay pic of the same type of locking nut Locking Nuts.JPG 165.11KB 34 downloads
& the other is a pic of my issue with a lack of clearance/room between the collar & the wheel itself My locking nuts.jpg 64.16KB 34 downloads
All sensible suggestions are welcome!