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anyone ever lost the locking wheel stud key/adaptor?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by jcb, Jul 2, 2010.

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    bloody lost mine and it turning out to be a PITA to replace.
    Audi need the car on site to try and match one of 14 possibles and then order the right one.

    trouble is I need to get the wheels off to bleed the brakes and therefore can't just drve down to Audi!!

    what are the options for removing them without a key?
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    Get a socket thats only just bigger, near enough the same size as the locker then simply bash it over the locker with a club hammer, add ratchet and remove, its tried and tested!
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    Yep it works, had to do this on mine when I discovered the previous owner had lost the key.
    Be wary though, I had to use a breaker bar on 3 and a big air gun on the other.
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    I am pretty sure it won't be that tight as I have only just put the b@stard back on having refitted the subframe.
    been kicking myself since!!
    will give that a go. cheers
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    if its the Audi fit locker you will need to hammer a hex key into it, IIRC i used a 13 or 14mm for my "replacement" key
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    Nearly as bad as me driving 200 miles last weekend to Lea's to do suspension, brakes etc upgrades & forgetting the poxy lock nut, got home had them of in 30 seconds flat, how much of a bummer is that huh, lol, 400 miles.

    Oh well met some of your lads aswell which is a bonus except for Voorhees seat :asskicking:
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    its an Audi one, think I have some big hexs.
    cheers
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    I hammered a 16 or 17mm socket over it. Just hit away and eventually it will start to bite. Then hit it some more till it's nice and snug and get a breaker bar on it. You will probably need four sockets though. :p
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    Problem is on the ones my SB has, there is an outer ring that spins so the socket approach is useless & trying to drill into those feckers is a mission as trust me had some decent bits & didnt even touch it as such, but alas.
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    I had the very same on my s4, used the very item Lee suggested and worked real easy

    PS may car is still for sale in the classifieds
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    there is no outer sleeve on the OEM ones,
    that threaded one looks the business but I am not sure about the eBay one, looks a bit fragile
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    well the 14mm hex stud worked a charm on one of them but stripped the inside out of the other,
    a 20mm socket is too small and a 21mm socket goes on too easily.

    looks like I am off to Halfrauds or some tool shop for a remover!
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    Well if all else fails could weld a nut on, make a mess of the wheel but they can always be refurbed huh.

    Also you could dremel down the edge of the last one & then get a smaller socket on it mate, worked for me.
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    there is no space at all between the edge and the wheel for a dremmel bit without shagging the wheel.
    just going to buy one of the screw on things listed above and hope for the best
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