This weekend I finally got the snow tires on.
Started last weekend but the damn key for the McGard lock nuts broke after I put the first one on and went to crack the second.
I use a breaker bar to crack ‘em, jack up that corner of the car and spin em off with a drill (hand loose already) and tighten down with a torque wrench. So shop abuse at the dealer with an air gun probably weakened it over the years, I’m certainly not strong enough to have snapped it myself.
Visited a mechanic friend of mine and we tried a few things including hammering a 20mm socket over the round lock nuts to no avail. Gave it a shot again Monday after @Victork2 made the same suggestion - it has to work right? Succeeded in getting both on the drivers side off. Put the summer back on for the time being, had to head to the polls for our federal election.
Mid-week the replacement key I ordered arrived, so I swapped off the lock nuts. Today I finally swapped the tires, and went a got four more spare lug nuts for the glovebox. Never going to use locking ones after this - what if I had got a flat out on the road, and then the key broke?
Old vs new key
Lock nuts and the 20mm that took a sledge beating.
The second lug from Monday didn’t want to come out of the 20mm. The first got punched out by hammering a 3/8” drive extension down through the 1/2” drive hole. Having gotten enough exposed, I could put the taper under the vice jaw and hammered the socket sideways to rock it up and off - which it soon did, flying across the garage.
Swapping the right rear wheel, I noticed this ugly fracture in my muffler… how that happened is beyond me. I’ve never hit anything / beached it, nor is there any dent - in fact, it’s slightly bulged outwards