Seized, snapped and sheared

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A seized bolt or screw will turn an hour-long job into a night­mare. Our step by step guide re­veals some of the trade’s se­cret fixes.

If you’ve lost the key for un­do­ing a lock­ing wheel nut, spe­cial­ist tool sup­pli­ers sell uni­ver­sal sock­ets that can undo many lock­ing wheel nuts. If this doesn’t work, one so­lu­tion is to MIG weld onto the face of the lock­ing wheel nut, then ham­mer an old socket onto it whilst the weld is still hot. The socket will shape it­self over the hot weld and hope­fully you will then be able to slacken the lock­ing wheel nut. An­other trick with splined lock­ing bolts is to ham­mer a Torx or splined bit into the cen­tre of the bolt. Bru­tal, but it works.

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