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Postby M111ke W » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 15:38:48 UTC

Were they standard on an 535d sport?
I've just noticed I have some but I don't seem to have a key :(
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Postby Olli » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 15:58:42 UTC

yes they are standard, but not very safe
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Postby M111ke W » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 16:27:17 UTC

Do you think BMW can supply a replacement if I gave then my reg?
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Postby slim_boy_fat » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 19:13:20 UTC

M111ke W wrote:Do you think BMW can supply a replacement if I gave then my reg?


Should be able to, as long as they're OEM. No idea how much theyll [s]rob[/s] charge you, 'though...... :cry:
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Postby Doogie » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 19:14:30 UTC

I believe there are only a certain number of different variations of the wheel bolts, it's not specific by giving the reg. no. There may be a small number stamped somewhere on the bolts which would identify which adapter you need, but I'm not certain of this. Obviously you need to be able to get the bolts off regardless, but it may be worth getting a better set, I believe McGard? are a trusted brand, and did intend to get some myself but keep forgetting. I currently have the standard BMW set and another non BMW set on my car as a bit more of a deterrent.

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Postby Comedydill » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 20:05:40 UTC

As far as Im aware not marking on bolts to allow identification-that would kind of defeat the point!

Unsure if later models are the same type, but the item for my 2002 E39 cost a whopping 3.45 inc VAT from my local dealer, I commented that it had to be once of the cheapest parts available for the car!! :)

There looked to be around 15-20 different keys in the selection I saw.

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Postby sanjx » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 20:41:25 UTC

Weve recently replaced the wheel nuts on our cars. BMW now sell "mcguard" style locks for only £29 all in which apparently are better then the original spindle style locking nuts. The truth i dont know but they sure seem better.
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Postby Logan100 » Mon, 03 Mar 2008 16:56:58 UTC

Olli, you say they're not very safe. Any idea what is ?
I use 2 different locking nuts on each wheel, but surely the thieves have keys to them??
The car is an 05 535D M Sport, and I've just had 4 new tyres (Conti Sport 3s which are very expensive), (got rid of the run-flats), and I don't want to lose wheels or tyres!
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Postby ritac1 » Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:11:05 UTC

I cannto find the locking wheel nut key for my wheels (530d M Sport Auto - 2001). I need new tyres, do you think that the garage will be able to get the wheels off without me having to go to BMW for a replacement key?

Also, when the wheels come off I am wanting to replace the locking nuts with a better version, I am looking at McGard but there seems to be different sizes, how do I know which size to buy, is there a way I can tell which size to get so I can get the new locking nuts and take them to the garage to replace the old nuts when the tyres are changed?

N.B. I just read that Halfords do a universal locking wheel nut key, would this be any good bearing in mind that I dont intend use the nuts again (providing I can get the right size replacement).

If I have to go down to BMW Scothall them I will but I hate that place, the salesmen are all so ....... squeaky clean and smiley! never mind the fact that I will probably need a bank loan to buy the damned thing!
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Postby sanjx » Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:54:11 UTC

there is only a limited number of locking key combinations for the old style wheel nuts, BMW will be able to tell you which you require by using there master set. Im sure if you said your interested in buying a replacement set, they wouldnt charge you to use the master set. A new set is £30 and is similiar design to McGuard. However, dont buy the old style ones which are £19.
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Postby ritac1 » Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:56:43 UTC

is that £30 for one wheel, I guess it will be.
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