MOT woes by SpongeBob

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SpongeBob
This week has not been the best of weeks. My car went in for it's annual MOT on Tuesday but failed on the exhaust and a rear tyre. :(

To be fair, the exhaust was the original (2004 car) so it's done well. The problems came when they tried to replace the tyre. No locking wheel nut key :-o I don't know where it is either. It's certainly not in the car and I can't recall having ever taken it out and put it somewhere else but I guess at some point I must have done because as of yet it hasn't turned up. To make matters worse the garage say they don't have a key that fits and neither do the mobile wheel fitters they use :confused: :(

So five days on and the car is still in the garage with as of yet no hope of returning until I can provide a wheel nut key. No hope of a picture of the offending nut either because, you know... the car is at the garage :gmc:

Posted 04 Nov 2012, 03:40 #1 

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Mick
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That's a right nuisance, was this an OEM locker or something third party you fitted yourself? If OEM it's probably the common no.12.
What exhaust system are you proposing to fit? I presume it's the back box that has gone.

Posted 04 Nov 2012, 09:48 #2 

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raistlin
In my experience, a locking wheel nut is susceptible to a little brute force if the car is in a garage. The mechanic I use tells me that he frequently sees the same situation and has not yet been faced with one he cannot remove, albeit rendering the wheel nut useless.
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Posted 04 Nov 2012, 10:16 #3 

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kandyman
Not good,

I was changing my brake discs the other week and it took me 1/2 to find my wheel key somehow when I had new tyres fitted last month I some how put the key in the rear passengers door card pocket.
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Posted 04 Nov 2012, 10:17 #4 

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MrDoodles
Yeah, have a REALLY good search round the car 1st, as they can end up in the strangest places! ;)

I've found them in glove boxes, centre consoles, door pockets, under seats, armrests, sellotaped to the spare wheel etc etc, :-o
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Posted 04 Nov 2012, 10:20 #5 

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SpongeBob
No doubt the wheel key will be lurking in the garage somewhere. I'll have a good old rummage in a bit and see what I can turn up.

Posted 04 Nov 2012, 13:34 #6 

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SpongeBob
Well, the locking key was thankfully found and now my car has returned home safe and sound :thumbsup: As a bonus, the exhaust they fitted sounds rather warbly with a nice bass note to it :D

Posted 06 Nov 2012, 00:17 #7 

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bopperbrian
The first thing I did when I bought the car, (well probably the 5th or 6th) was to check for the locking wheelnut key.... Missing. On to Ebay and within 4 days I have the part, a number 12, and have tested it and placed it in the bootspace where it should be.

Posted 06 Nov 2012, 14:20 #8 

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kandyman
SpongeBob wrote:Well, the locking key was thankfully found and now my car has returned home safe and sound :thumbsup: As a bonus, the exhaust they fitted sounds rather warbly with a nice bass note to it :D



So where did they find it ?

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Posted 09 Nov 2012, 19:45 #9 

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SpongeBob
I found it in the garage in a box I thought I had already looked in :em:

My excuse is that it was dark when I first looked... :gmc:

Posted 10 Nov 2012, 15:12 #10 


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