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Re: Escort xr3i, wheel locking nut destroyed, how to get...
My solution depend on how much room you have in the area of the locking nut
1. Vise grips This is a special pair of pliers that allow you to adjust the force with which you close the gripping teeth of the pliers. Depending on how strong your hands are you can adjust the pliers to grip something like a nut with TREMENDOUS force. You can get a pair of these pliers at any Home Depot or auto parts type store. The Toolman at these store cab show you how to use them
If you decide to try this approach, also get a can of WD-40. This is an all purpose lubricant that you should apply liberally to the locknut before you try to remove it. Apply an hour or so before you try the pliers.
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If the tool is slipping that means both wheel nut and tool are worn. The best thing you can do is buy or borrow a "gator grip" socket to remove the old locking wheel nuts and replace them with a new set and tool.
You can buy the gator grip socket in the UK these days, my son has just bought one for the same reason.
you have to call the manufacturer and give the the number on the lugnut and they will sell you another. about $25. Been there done that. Another option is to buy a socket that you hammer onto the lugnut. It grips the lugnut and you can then use a ratchet to get it off. you do have to replace the lugnuts after doing this. the socket was $8 at Oriellys.
Depending on locking nut type. If it's like mine, having a recessed "clover leaf channel" then you can only weld something to it like a bolt, if its an alternative nut type I.E. star or some other shape with edges, you can hammer a cheap socket over it and try that.(once the socket is shaped you can usually remve the rest and replace with new ones)
You need some sockets, and a good 1/2' ratchet.
Sizes 13mm, 14mm ,15mm, 16mm,17mm and 19mm to undo the nut holding the swivel onto the hub carrier.
You will need a 17mm,18mm & 19mm open ended spanners to crack open the lock nut that secures the tie rod end onto the steering rack end. You may also need a pair of mole grips or small stilson type grips to undo the worn tie rod as it may be partially seized.
A can of WD40.
I have listed a few different sizes of spanners and sockets because in my experience if the tie rod has been replaced before certain parts manufacturers use different size nuts!
You should be able to remove this without jacking the car up but taking the weight of the wheel will help.
had this before but with a variety of faults ..boy racer alarm .take it off and invest in a decent steering wheel cover/lock ,fault in lock itself on drivers side as its used the most till i done one with the passenger side lock ,now that throw me .try throwing the boy racer sunday driver alarm away