When you are in the rush to get your wheels replaced in a hurry, and if you go to the wrong place, you may end up with all sorts of problems just like on the picture.
A gentleman wanted to have his car tires replaced in a hurry and took it to a tire shop. Unfortunately he’s Mcguard anti theft wheel locks stripped by using the air gun to remove it. So the person trying to remove it, figured let’s hammer a long socket on to dislodge the stuck wheel lock.
Well as the picture can attest to it, that didn’t work out as intended. Indeed, the cheap Chinese socket shattered and got jammed between the alloy rim and the wheel lock bolt still remaining on the wheel.
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Looking at it, he probably tried to extract it but now the long socket firmly jammed on and dug into the alloy rim as well.
So what does he do? Instead of coming up with a solution, he decided to park the car outside and release the vehicle. Keep in mind this late in the day, so by the client went to pick his car up, it was pitch dark, so he was not aware of the problem.
Long behold owner drove home, and next day this problem ended up with us to be resolved. Needless to say this is completely unacceptable to release a vehicle with this socket protruding out of the wheel and spinning at high speed which could literally kill someone if it would have dislodged by the rotating bouncing wheel on the road.
Buyers beware, in your rush and effort trying to get the cheapest alternative, you may end up with something like this. Bargain hunting on essential safety items has its consequences. You get what you pay for. This is a perfect example for having unqualified persons working on your car to cut cost.
Naturally we took care of this problem. I had to weld the socket together while it was stuck on the bolt and weld a nut to it and applied a puller to extract it.
We understand, everyone wants to get their car taken care of as fast as they can especially in the winter.
I share this with you so others learn from this drivers experience. Any questions, how may we help? Give us a call to: (1) 905.795.0419.