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    Was taking the wheel off the A6 to check for a slow leak. Put the lock nut socket on the impact gun (battery, so not THAT powerful) and the socket just sheared. Now I'm stuffed. Has this happened to others? Should I have not used the impact gun on the lock nut socket?

    I can swap the lock bolts with normal wheel bolts from my spare A4 (thankfully same size) so this won't happen again. But I need to get the lock bolts off the A6 in the first place. Anyone have a "R" lock nut socket they can lend me?

    Current:
    2004 A6 C5 Sedan 3.0 V6 Quattro
    2005 A6 4F Sedan 3.2 V6 Quattro
    1999 A4 B5 Avant 2.4 V6

    Retired:
    1990 100 Sedan 2.3
    1991 90 Sedan 2.3
    1999 A4 B5 Sedan 2.4 V6

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    I’ve got one but am based in Vic.

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    Bit of bad luck. Unfortunately not any of mine but I understand that almost every tyre shop has a full set of lock nut sockets according to a few I've spoken to. Might be quicker to rush down to the local and ask.
    C5 RS6: Sportec, Milltek & Wagner -- B5 RS4 : tastefully modified -- Audi 1.8 quattro 132 Kw -- UNIMOG 404 TLF8

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    Quote Originally Posted by IchBautAuto View Post
    Bit of bad luck. Unfortunately not any of mine but I understand that almost every tyre shop has a full set of lock nut sockets according to a few I've spoken to. Might be quicker to rush down to the local and ask.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try my luck at the local tyre shop.



    Quote Originally Posted by Alister View Post
    Iíve got one but am based in Vic.
    Thanks. I worry it'll get lost in the post and then I'll stuff you up as well.

    Current:
    2004 A6 C5 Sedan 3.0 V6 Quattro
    2005 A6 4F Sedan 3.2 V6 Quattro
    1999 A4 B5 Avant 2.4 V6

    Retired:
    1990 100 Sedan 2.3
    1991 90 Sedan 2.3
    1999 A4 B5 Sedan 2.4 V6

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    Quote Originally Posted by broke90 View Post
    Thanks. I worry it'll get lost in the post and then I'll stuff you up as well.
    Plus postage is SUPER slow at the moment.

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    My local garage and tyre shop didn't have one so I ended up going to Jax Tyres in Penrith. They very kindly lent me theirs from their kit and I swapped all the lock bolts with plain bolts. Once again the A4 spare parts car to the rescue.

    Audi quoted me $115 for a replacement socket. I told him I can buy a whole kit for $115.

    Couple of tyre places told me to do the lock nut by hand only (both undo and do up). The other bolts can use an impact driver.

    Current:
    2004 A6 C5 Sedan 3.0 V6 Quattro
    2005 A6 4F Sedan 3.2 V6 Quattro
    1999 A4 B5 Avant 2.4 V6

    Retired:
    1990 100 Sedan 2.3
    1991 90 Sedan 2.3
    1999 A4 B5 Sedan 2.4 V6

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    Damn good show, good to hear that you got it sorted.

    I am absolutely no fan of impact drivers. Sure, they save a few seconds but at what cost if you own the car? Every chance of stuffing threads that have some corrosion as you can't feel the drag as you try to undo the bolt. My tip: install by hand and use a torque wrench every time on all the bolts, inc the security bolt.
    C5 RS6: Sportec, Milltek & Wagner -- B5 RS4 : tastefully modified -- Audi 1.8 quattro 132 Kw -- UNIMOG 404 TLF8

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