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WesBrooks

Lock nut, no key?

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Posted (edited)

Hi all,
What's the best way to get these off? The vehicle never came with no key.

I currently have both axles off my donor, but one wheel stuck on the front axle!

Thanks!

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Edited by WesBrooks

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Hammer a socket on, or a chisel and hammer it round, if you don't care about the wheel, or you can use the Irwin bolt extractors with some success.

 

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Rather ironically I think I have a key for that - I don't think they're particularly dear.

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A few years back I helped out a neighbour, he had broken the key and they were smaller nuts on Merc Vito, but I don't see why it wouldn't work on a LR. I welded a couple of  plates at 90 deg, drove the Merc onto the base plate, and used a mag drill (Roatbroach) attached to the vertical plate to drill over the stud, took a bit of messing about to line it up but it worked a treat, we bought an 18mm cutter to suit the Merc stud, need to be 23mm at least I should think

With a loose axle you could probably just clamp a plate to the wheel easy enough, of course you do need a Rotabroach style drill for starters.

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Buy a cheap 12-point socket that's ever so slightly undersized and hammer it on.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll crack on next time I'm working on it.

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You can get some handy double sided locking wheel nut removers that cut there own grip in to it.

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You could try one of the multi fit sockets with the pins in. but as said above a cheap 12 point socket is probably the easiest I have done this in the past.

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Posted (edited)

Thanks again. Had a 24mm 12 point socket handy and only needed a rubber mallet! Likely not that tight but even so those are (thankfully  😄 ) useless locking wheel nuts...

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