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AM-Tech Extendable Wheel Brace and 17/19mm reversible socket - £4.50 delivered "best deal 4 u" at Amazon
AM-Tech Extendable Wheel Brace and 17/19mm reversible socket - £4.50 delivered "best deal 4 u" at Amazon

AM-Tech Extendable Wheel Brace and 17/19mm reversible socket - £4.50 delivered "best deal 4 u" at Amazon

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Cheapest I can find a brand one of these, It's the same model as the one in the first comment link which gets excellent reviews. Much better than the crappy thing that comes with most cars.

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Don't bother, they buckle under stress if the wheel nuts are to tight. Especially if your tyre fitter tightened the nuts with an air gun.
You are better off paying a bit more for a breaker bar and keep it in the boot, to use with your socket set.
Edited by: "Proveright" 19th Apr
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Vital thing to have in your car should you need to change a tyre. The tiny manufacturer supplied ones are beyond hopeless. Hot.

Don't bother, they buckle under stress if the wheel nuts are to tight. Especially if your tyre fitter tightened the nuts with an air gun.
You are better off paying a bit more for a breaker bar and keep it in the boot, to use with your socket set.
Edited by: "Proveright" 19th Apr

excellent, I lost one of my sockets when I got rid of my last car, hopefully these sockets will be the same fitting, if not I've got a replacement Wheel Brace either way

heat added

£5 in wilkinsons. Think I'd prefer to pay the extra 50p and buy locally .
Edited by: "knobbly" 19th Apr

Now all I need is a car with a spare tyre. I haven't owned a car with one for about 10 years lol

these should come with a 21mm and 23mm socket as well i wonder how many people buy this then do not realize the socket does not fit the wheel studs on there car,so check to make sure your car wheel users 17mm or 19mm studs

Proveright

Don't bother, they buckle under stress if the wheel nuts are to tight. … Don't bother, they buckle under stress if the wheel nuts are to tight. Especially if your tyre fitter tightened the nuts with an air gun.You are better off paying a bit more for a breaker bar and keep it in the boot, to use with your socket set.



​This... ^^^

The bend on these is not tight enough so you end up damaging the socket, or even worse the wheel nuts when it inevitably slips grazing your hand in the process.

Socket and standard breaker bar all day long.

Had one of these for years and its great. Never needed any other size socket than the sizes supplied, despite having changed car many times. Mine has never bent even though it has been stood on to open bolts that were way over tightened by the previous owners of cars ive had.
When tightening wheel bolts dont use the handle extended as this will overtighten them.
Edited by: "MrHappy37" 20th Apr

every woman needs one of these in her bag

knobbly

£5 in wilkinsons. Think I'd prefer to pay the extra 50p and buy locally .


I bought the wilkos one and it bent the first time i used it. As suggested by one of the other posters, a breaker bar with the correct size socket is much better. On a similar note, I also keep a small bottle jack in the boot to use instead of the supplied jack.

slowcyclist

I bought the wilkos one and it bent the first time i used it. As … I bought the wilkos one and it bent the first time i used it. As suggested by one of the other posters, a breaker bar with the correct size socket is much better. On a similar note, I also keep a small bottle jack in the boot to use instead of the supplied jack.



This small?

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Had this for several years. Have saved many lives with it's might and rescued many kittens with its action

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mmachine

these should come with a 21mm and 23mm socket as well i wonder how many … these should come with a 21mm and 23mm socket as well i wonder how many people buy this then do not realize the socket does not fit the wheel studs on there car,so check to make sure your car wheel users 17mm or 19mm studs



Of course some cars do have 21 or 23, but mainly larger wheels. All of my cars have had either 17 or 19, also all of my vans are 19.... If you have a 21 or 23 this is obviously not for you

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21mm nuts on my car and although these wrenches are slightly better than the one the manufacturer issues they are no good whatsoever if the nuts have been tightened by an excited fitter with a new windy gun. The angle of the bar is all wrong and should be closer to 90 degrees for them to work more effectively. Ask any engineer. The tool has been designed by someone who was looking at cars from 50 years ago when cars had skinny tyres and were cloaked by the wheel arches. They are fine if the nuts are not too tight but I broke one of these trying to get the nuts undone on my son's Astra. Buy one by all means, take it to someone who has got a gas an air torch, heat it up and straighten the bar closer to 90 degrees and make sure it's dipped in oil to cool it down, not water. Then it may be just perfect as well as cheap.
Edited by: "Smartguy1" 21st Apr

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Smartguy1

21mm nuts on my car and although these wrenches are slightly better than … 21mm nuts on my car and although these wrenches are slightly better than the one the manufacturer issues they are no good whatsoever if the nuts have been tightened by an excited fitter with a new windy gun. The angle of the bar is all wrong and should be closer to 90 degrees for them to work more effectively. Ask any engineer. The tool has been designed by someone who was looking at cars from 50 years ago when cars had skinny tyres and were cloaked by the wheel arches. They are fine if the nuts are not too tight but I broke one of these trying to get the nuts undone on my son's Astra. Buy one by all means, take it to someone who has got a gas an air torch, heat it up and straighten the bar closer to 90 degrees and make sure it's dipped in oil to cool it down, not water. Then it may be just perfect as well as cheap.



​I think you're using the wrong mechanic mate, mine uses a torque wrench on my wheels

you_gotta_be_kidding

I think you're using the wrong mechanic mate, mine uses a torque wrench … I think you're using the wrong mechanic mate, mine uses a torque wrench on my wheels



There's the thing though. Tyre fitters are not mechanics. I stopped to give a young lad a hand once seeing him at the side of the road with a blow out. He had hit a large pot hole and blown his tyre. In the middle of nowhere. The tyre was brand new as he had just had a set fitted at garage in Hull. They used to do just tyres and exhausts but they do car servicing as well (allegedly). I was in my works van at the time and in all my time of changing wheels and doing my own car repairs I have never come across nuts as tight as these. I had my socket set if the van and a three foot breaker bar and had to jump on it to get the nuts off. I guess whoever did the tyres thought steel wheels had to be on tighter than alloys or perhaps they had forgotten to reset their gun from doing a truck as they do truck tyres as well. I told him to go back to the garage and get them to undo all the nuts and torque them down by hand.
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