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Locking Wheel Nut Removal?

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I know this has been covered many times on here but I am trying to remove the locoing wheel nuts from the two back wheels, I purchased the car but sadly did not come with the key. They are the standard Ford Focus ones, I want to try and remove them with a socket due to very limited funds at the moment. This problem is I have tried a 19mm which is too small even with a hammer and 20mm is too big, I am using 12 point sockets.

Does any of the experts who has removed these with a socket remember the correct/best size to hammer on? I will then see if I can buy that size on its own.

This is the style I have, there doesn't seem to be a sleeve around them:

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Thanks in advance!

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Have you got imperial sized sockets too to try?

Ive done it before the same way youre trying but cant remember what size i used sorry.

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Have you got imperial sized sockets too to try?

Ive done it before the same way youre trying but cant remember what size i used sorry.

No sadly not, trying to find a set at Halfords *cringe* or any other place which don't cost a small fortune is hard, may have to look online.

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I,ll have a look in my shed in a bit got the one in there somewhere.

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15/16th and a 3/4 are the two I tend to use

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15/16th and a 3/4 are the two I tend to use

Perfect Thank You for taking the time to look :)

Will save me buying a whole set just for me to destroy a couple of them :D

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I would let you use mine but too far.I agree with Wes must be someone near you with a MK 1.

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I would let you use mine but too far.I agree with Wes must be someone near you with a MK 1.

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Why a mk1 lol? He needs an imperial socket set not another car!:lol:

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Ask your neighbours, someone will have one rather than buying new.

Have sent an SOS txt to my contacts asking them to check their sheds :)

That Guy,do you have a MK1?

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Yes 2003 MK1 (facelift version I think people call it)

use a spark plug socket,tap it on with a hammer

This will be another option to try, but been told the 12 point sockets will grip better?

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Goto your local tyre dealer. Mine was able to remove them without damaging alloy using a specialist removal tool (not a hammer and socket) for £10 for four. Perfect

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If you bought it from a garage get them to remove the nuts!! If you bought it private, look in all the door pockets and under the spare etc, I've found them in weird places before lol.

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Goto your local tyre dealer. Mine was able to remove them without damaging alloy using a specialist removal tool (not a hammer and socket) for £10 for four. Perfect

Will check the garage behind my work see what they say, from reading posts on here most places seem to charge between £30-£50 to remove them.

If you bought it from a garage get them to remove the nuts!! If you bought it private, look in all the door pockets and under the spare etc, I've found them in weird places before lol.

Purchased the car privately, glove box and door pockets were empty, checked under spare wheel. Was wondering if there is storage behind the boot wall lining but don't think there is?

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Try a MR tyre, they have the dynomec nut removal kits, charge usually between £5-10 per wheel.

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Looks like you are not desperate just yet.

I suggest that you have a read here and see post #5 for choices.

I followed the third line and contacted Autostyle Wheels in Liverpool. He was very helpful and did the biz with a minimum of fuss and bother. You do need a good, detailed, clear, close-up digital picture of the wiggly pattern on the face of the locking nut which he will send off to McGard. They will send you promptly the new key direct from Germany.

It's non destructive and economical to do. Of course if your car is now sitting with a flat or bald tyre right now, go for some instant action.

If I remember correctly the above method took about a week from first contact to the key dropping through the letterbox.

Let's know how you get on.

ScaniaPBman

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15/16th and a 3/4 are the two I tend to use

Sadly 15/16th was huge, way too big.

3/4 was just slightly too small to be hammered on, what would the next size up be from this?

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Go to your local Ford garage,they should have a master key for your locking wheel nut.I'm sure if you ask them nicely they will undo for free.

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Go to your local Ford garage,they should have a master key for your locking wheel nut.I'm sure if you ask them nicely they will undo for free.

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Some will for free, but most will charge

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Have you damaged the locking nuts now? Where In glos are you?

No damage to them. I'm by Gloucester Docks.

Go to your local Ford garage,they should have a master key for your locking wheel nut.I'm sure if you ask them nicely they will undo for free.

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Tried them already the said I would need to buy a key and as its only the back wheels that have them on don't really want to buy the key if I can help it.

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