Seized, snapped and sheared
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.