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#1 TheAntman

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 04:42 PM

So, in the process of replacing a drop link on the car yesterday for the MoT, as I was in quite a hurry to get it all buttoned up and down to the test station to get my certificate before they closed, it looks like I left the locking wheel nut key on the lock nut on the front wheel (I left it on there while I did a quick check that I'd torqued up the nuts on the rear wheel properly after having had to get a new tyre on it)

 

Anyway, suffice to say, it was only today that it dawned on me that I'd forgotten to take it off the wheel nut and put it back in the car.

It's not in the car where I normally keep it and it's not in my tool box either.

 

I've even walked the route all the way to the tests centre looking for it, in case it came off somewhere along the way, but it's nowhere to be found.

 

So my question is, will a Ford dealer be able to provide me with a correct replacement from my registration or Vin number, or am I going to have to buy a new set of locking wheel nuts and find some way to get the existing ones off of the car?



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Posted 23 January 2021 - 06:38 PM

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I assume you do not have the plastic bag and code card socket came in.

 

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#3 TheAntman

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 10:17 AM

Hi

 

I assume you do not have the plastic bag and code card socket came in.

 

Peter

As I'm not the original owner, unfortunately no. Clearly previous owner didn't think to keep this very useful information with the car.

Ford dealership have quoted me 40 quid for a replacement key - but can only do so if I have the code. Apparently they do not keep a master set for this style of lock nut.

I've found a service online that do replacements at 45 quid - plus postage of 13 quid and can identify your key from a photograph of the wheel nut itself, though I still think this is a little on the pricey side.

I can replace the entire set for 27 quid and of the same style - but I still need to be able to get my existing ones off the car. 



#4 ST56

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 10:22 AM

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There is always the risk of damaging one or more wheels while removing existing nuts, perhaps making quoted price more reasonable.

 

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#5 TheAntman

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 04:16 PM

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A quick update with some good news.

In  my attempts to find a solution, I came across a website https://www.lockingwheelnutkeys.co.uk/ who claim to be able to provide a replacement wheel nut key without the security key.

Their service requires that you provide a photograph of your locking wheel nut, together with proof of ownership of the vehicle - V5C and driving license.

They charge £44.99 for a replacement key (comparable to Ford's £40 charge) plus £12.99 postage.

Having exhausted all other options, I decided to bite the bullet and order from them.

I was quoted a delivery time of approximately 5 - 8 days when I ordered my replacement yesterday.

It arrived today and fits perfectly!


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#6 Mark M

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 08:45 PM

I did exactly the same thing a few years ago but luckily they were mcguard lockers. Quick trip to Halfords and half an hour looking at every pack on the shelf I found a set with the exact same pattern as mine so a nice easy fix.

 

When one of the OEM ones on the Mondeo sheared a couple of years ago I just smashed a socket on to force it off and then replaced all 4 with regular nuts I got from eBay for about £7.


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