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      08-20-2018, 06:59 PM   #1
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impacted wheel locks

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So I need some help folks. I got tires put on a while ago and i just aquired some wheels. I got to put them on and all of my lugs are ridiculously tight. So it comes to me that the shop that did my tires impacted my bolts on. A shop that specializes in powder coating wheels. I was referred to this place by a fellow 1addict. I tried the wheel lock and strip the first key. I tried the second key and sheared it off in the locking lug.

Now my first idea is to take a socket to it. A 21mm is too small and a 22mm is too big. I'm trying to do my best not to take it to a shop seeing that first I don't have the time and second I don't trust dropping my car off and leaving it there.

Is there any other way I can get these things off I just want to get these other wheels on! Is taking it to a shop my only choice? These are standard bmw wheel locks
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      08-21-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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Couple of things:

1) Did you try a 12pt 21mm socket? A 12pt usually works better. You also really need to hammer the hell out of it to get it to fit. If not, try a standard size. It may grip tightly enough. If they are on so tightly that you stripped two keys, maybe not. Maybe do a few panic stops to get the hubs really hot before trying to get them off with a socket. In theory the hub will expand from the heat faster than the lugs.

2) Fill the lug with JB Cold Weld and force the key into it. Let it harden. I'd say there's a 50/50 chance that gets it off. It's not that the JB Weld will cause them to "stick" together so much as it will fill in the gaps between the worn splines and not allow them any room to strip past each other.

3) My last resort would be to cut a channel clear across the lug and then use one hell of a flat edge (crowbar?) to twist it off.

4) If all else fails, take it to a bad side of town. Jack up the car yourself so they don't drop it on the brake rotors and leave it overnight. Thieves are very resourceful.

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      08-22-2018, 08:28 PM   #3
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Thieves are very resourceful
Some thieves attempted to steal a set of rims from me, I had tuner style locking lug nuts that needed a special socket. The thieves used vice grips / locking pliers, a cheater bar and cinder blocks!
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      08-24-2018, 10:27 AM   #4
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Took it to a shop because I really don't wanna bother trying to figure this out and they couldn't get them off. Although I don't think they even tried.
I'm gonna try to get a socket on again this time with a bit for persuasion if that fails I'm gonna buy some new keys and try jb weld. If that doesn't work I'm pulling out power tools. At this point idk if I destroy the wheels
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      08-24-2018, 11:22 AM   #5
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This happened to me on my Jetta. I had to drill the lug out. A very long process but it worked. Started small with a pilot hole into the head of the bolt then increased the bore bit by bit until the head fell off at the conical neck. Pulled the wheel off and PB Blasted the heck out of the remaining bolt. Went to town with channel lock pliers to get the bolt out.

I would try the socket trick first.
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      08-28-2018, 01:13 PM   #6
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I beat the shit out of the socket and it's just not happening. I drilled out the broken piece of the key then broke out the center pin in the bolt.
I figure if I can't get a socket around it I will get a big enough star bit and beat it into it.
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      08-28-2018, 01:37 PM   #7
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At this point, it's probably just easier to drill it out. Once you get to the tapered neck, the head should pop off and then you can remove the wheel over what's left of the stud. That won't cost you any more money in materials.
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I gave up...

I tried drilling them $100 worth of bits later not even one done

I use my 850ftlb impact; didn't budge

Tried beating in a 3 square; didn't work

Took it to a shop and they had to weld a nut on to the bolts
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Sorry bud.
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      09-18-2018, 10:34 AM   #10
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Sorry I didn't see this earlier, but welding a nut on was going to be my suggestion. I can't tell you how many stubborn and broken things I've removed using that trick.
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      09-18-2018, 06:23 PM   #11
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Sorry I didn't see this earlier, but welding a nut on was going to be my suggestion. I can't tell you how many stubborn and broken things I've removed using that trick.
Yeah I figured it would come down to that if not then the torch. I would have done it had I owned a welder. But $170 was a small price to pay for me to get rid of the headache.
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