kwik fit have broken my locking wheel nut thingy me jiggy

26 replies
Found 27th Nov 2008
just been to get my tyre sorted and kwik fit have broken my locking wheel nut thing me jiggy (removal tool)
told me they could do no more and to take it to a rover specialist,i know that in itself will be costly,is there any other way to get the locking nut off without the removal nut thing?
need to get it sorted asap as ive got a puncture!!

26 Comments

Yeah use a hammer and a chisel and knock them all off.

Its not that hard and shouldn't cause any damage if you take your time

Then buy a new set, don't cost much.

Have you only got one removal tool? You normally get 2. If you have the code you can order a replacement. The only other way is to get them drilled out and replace the set.

if they broke it i would ask them to get it fixed.

Original Poster

only had the one with the car and its in half now,not such a kwik fit after all lol

Use a hammer & chisel to get it moving...a flat screwdriver will do if you don't have a chisel.

Just dig it in a bit as close as you practically can to the edge and try to get it turned a little. I did this on my Citroen after the fancy head of the locking bolt came off! Only took about half a turn to come loose enough to undo with my fingers.

Unfortunately if you don't have a spare you'll have to re-fasten in the same way and there's only so many times you can do it before it gets all mashed up.

Good luck.

Original Poster

if i buy a new set of the locking nuts will the removal tool be exactly the same?

Mardyass;3586155

if i buy a new set of the locking nuts will the removal tool be exactly … if i buy a new set of the locking nuts will the removal tool be exactly the same?



No new tool only matches new set

You will need to knock them all off if you want to use it

Original Poster

ahhhh thought as much,thanks for the help on this one

Kwikfit broke it, Kwikfit should be fixing it and sorting a replacement, simple as that!

TAKE IT TO ROVER AND GET THE BILL SENT TO KWIK FIT, THEY ******ED IT IT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY
(oops caps soz)

You can but a tool for removing locking wheel nuts from good car spare shops/motorfactors.( i used to sell them)

Any decent garage should be able to get them off for you. I lost mine and they managed to get it off. Didn't cost me a penny as the were fitting new breaks for me.
Plus if your in the AA or RAC etc the should be able to remove them

have you got RAC or AA etc? if so call them if you have a spare? they will get it off!

Original Poster

louloo;3586286

have you got RAC or AA etc? if so call them if you have a spare? they … have you got RAC or AA etc? if so call them if you have a spare? they will get it off!

gr8 idea:thumbsup:

Mardyass;3586376

gr8 idea:thumbsup:



good luck! i have never had a problem with them helping a damsel in distress:)

Original Poster

lolol im in distress thats for sure!

Mardyass;3586521

lolol im in distress thats for sure!



it will all work out fine-although kwikfit leave a lot to be desired...they tried to tell me once the suspension needed repairing on a car i took in for brakes. I asked him to show me what was wrong and he did-then i told him i would go and get the receipt cos they had only replaced the suspension weeks before....an admission followed and some freebies,

I would go back and have it out with them though!

If quick fit broke it go back down there demand they fix it, speak to the manager, bill them for any costs, they broke it they fix it. End of story

chrishill;3586248

Kwikfit broke it, Kwikfit should be fixing it and sorting a replacement, … Kwikfit broke it, Kwikfit should be fixing it and sorting a replacement, simple as that!



Exactly! I had a friend who took his car to Kwik-fit and they managed to lock themselves out of the car(!), they phoned him up and asked him if he had a second key (he didn't, he was on holiday) and then said he would have to organise getting into the car himself. Understandably he was furious and told them to get it sorted out themselves and promptly which they did.

John

Dorridge Autos 01564776144. They should be able to post one to you .

I had an actual nut break off as well as the lock nut remover, I took car all over the place to try and get them removed. One place it actually broke someone's special removal tool.


In the end I went to kwik fit of all places and a nice chap had a go at removing them for me.

For the first 3 nuts he managed to get them off by hammering a smaller sized socket on them, However for the one that the end had broke he welded a nut onto it and luckily that worked.

If you do it yourself, Hammering an old socket on seems to work very well, I would of done that myself but I couldn't for the one with the broken nut..!!

Banned

If a removing tool is easilly obtained what's the use of having them?

I am surprised they didn't sort it out there and then. Firstly, you can get generic removal tools which work on various types (just make sure yours is one supported) - for exactly this reason. Secondly, the AA/RAC nearly always carry the generic removal tools expecting that people do not always have them yet still need their wheels changing at the roadside. Finally, almost all normal tyre places will be able to remove it without problems as they also have generic removal tools. You could have called around and checked - it's very common.

Pluun - unfortunately the idea was somewhat of a failure. It stops opportunists (but who steels wheels and tyres on the spur of the moment). That is why many cars also have a locking centre cap, to add a secondary level of difficulty.

Pluun;3587261

If a removing tool is easilly obtained what's the use of having them?



It's more to do with deterring them.

My Dad is a mechanic and was having a conversation with him about locking wheel nuts the other day. As shauneco says, there are quite a few tricks to getting broken ones off, welding a nut on usually being the best. If you need a new socket, a main dealer should definitely be able to get you one if you have the id number for it. One my Dad was using on a customers car broke the other day and the garage had to get hold of and pay for a reaplacement on behalf of the customer, as you would expect. Apparently Vauxhall charge £30 for a replacement socket!!
I would most definitely take it up with Kwik fit, after all, aren't they supposed to be specialist tyre fitters? Surely they're used to this happening? :oops:

Banned

you cant get sh-tter than a kwik-fit fitter

They managed to blow my engine up (oil replacement but didnt screw the new oil filter on so it fell off!). Paid me £550 in compensation.

Broke my battery connector by chiselling it off rather than unscrewing the tightening bolt! Pushed it over to the Nationwide garage and told me 'tough - it shouldnt have been done up so tight!'.


NEVER AGAIN!
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