Which way to undo 20 wheel nuts?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Wanderer, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Wanderer

    Wanderer Guest

    Which way (clockwise or anti clockwise) is it to undo wheel nuts
    (nearside and offside) on a Y reg 206 1.4? I've already found the
    trick where the head bends on the supplied wrench BTW

    Wanderer, Aug 6, 2007
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    Wanderer Guest

    Subject should be 206. Sorry
    Wanderer, Aug 6, 2007
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    Phil Cook Guest

    They are all conventional thread since there aren't any rotational
    forces to counteract, the wheel is stationary with respect to the hub.
    So it is anti-clock to undo.

    Do yourself a favour and get a decent spider or other "tool suitable
    for the job" to undo them. I once had to resort to adding a short
    length of scaffold pole to undo my wheel bolts after some numpty at a
    tyre place had done them up too tight. :-(
    Phil Cook, Aug 6, 2007
  4. Wanderer

    Wanderer Guest

    Thanks Phil, I gave up and put it in a tyre place. I wouldn't have
    undone them in a Million years. I'll take your advise and find a spider
    spanner for the boot but I'm GF covered so won't worry too much.

    Seems a dirty trick to me if it is done deliberately and I'd fear for
    the bolt heads being sheared off by such over tightening.

    Wanderer, Aug 6, 2007
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    Malc Guest

    I found the supplied wheel brace appeared to be made of cheese on my 406. I
    was caught out when the pad wear indicator came on half way from Gloucester
    to Liverpool recently. I had to buy a spider as well as the pads when I got

    It's ok being GF covered but you can change a wheel in about 10 minutes but
    GF could take an hour to get to you.


    If you're swimming in a creek
    And an eel bites your cheek
    That's a moray
    Malc, Aug 6, 2007
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    pastis Guest

    On "normal" cars I guess they all are standard threaded bolts.
    But I remember that when I was in the (Belgian) army they had left and right
    turning bolts, depending on which side of the truck the weel was fixed!!
    So there really seems to be a "rotational force"...

    Eric B.
    pastis, Aug 7, 2007
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    Brian Guest

    Whenever I get a new(er) car, the first thing I do is to take off all the
    wheel bolts, one at a time, put copperease on the threads and do them up
    again with my socket set, so that I KNOW that I will always be able to undo
    them by the roadside. With copperease on the treads you can probably get the
    bolt tighter with less force than with the normally dry rusty thread.
    Brian, Aug 7, 2007
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    Chris Hodges Guest

    Personal preference is for a telescopic wheelbrace - often easier to stow
    and I've never met a wheelnut I couldn't undo with it. I have bent a couple
    of spiders and had to use a garden fork to turn another.

    Chris Hodges, Aug 8, 2007
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    Cup of Tea Guest

    Chris Hodges wrote:
    I have bent a
    That's an interesting tip.
    Cup of Tea, Aug 8, 2007
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