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Old 15-09-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Wheel Removal Tool

Are these worth having?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-VW-M1...YAAOSwmftc-OZl
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Old 15-09-2019, 10:25 AM   #2
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Looks like a tool to aid lining / fitting the wheel rather than removing to me ?

Depending on size of wheels / tyre, yes can see benefits from one if you struggled to line up bolt holes... not used one, but only thing I can think could be an issue is lifting / placing wheel over it to slide down - obviously weight depending...
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Old 15-09-2019, 10:37 AM   #3
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You could still very easily catch the barrel of your wheels on your brake callipers if using one of those so they strike me as pointless.
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As Andy has suggested, usually for fitting large heavy wheels which are secured by bolts rather than studs. Often used in the trade, and very useful.
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Old 15-09-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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The answer is a definite yes and they come as standard in Mercedes tool kits. Don't just use one, use two because that will prevent the front (free spinning) wheels from moving out of alignment and with cars fitted with very large discs, the use of just one can easily cause the barrel and the disc to hit each other. Even on the back wheels on an automatic, the chances of finding the upper wheel bolt is at TDC is pretty slim so using two of these pins lets you control the removal/refitting of alloy wheels without risk of damage. It is one of lifes no-brainers.
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You could still very easily catch the barrel of your wheels on your brake callipers if using one of those so they strike me as pointless.
Don't just use one then !

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I saw something very similar being used on a Porsche. That person put two rods in so wheel had to line up square coming off and going back on.

Remove two wheel bolts and put two rods in place then remove the other three bolts - simples!!
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^^^^^agree very handy and useful.
I have one with my Audi but it’s plastic.
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^^^^^agree very handy and useful.
I have one with my Audi but it’s plastic.
Yup, plastic Audi one here too... not sure I would be happy using a metal one with my alloys... ETTO...

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Yup, plastic Audi one here too... not sure I would be happy using a metal one with my alloys... ETTO...

When I see the pins with the knurling pattern I think the same but all of mine are plain with the exception of some that have a small hole in the outer end so that you can undo them with a screwdriver.
I can see the logic of using plastic but cold weather can make it brittle as some of the posters on Audi forums have found out.
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