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As the title says - locking wheel nut lost. Any ideas please, regarding replacement and/or getting the wheels off. Obviously with 15 years since the demise of MG Rover, I don't really expect "spares" to be available, but someone may know differently (I can only hope!).
 

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I used a rattler to loosen one of mine and buggered it. So, i ended up whacking an undersize socket on the offending nut and remved it, then repalced the lot with non-locking set on the basis of the wheels are not worth that much, even though my car was a tf160 and had good tyres on.
If anyone wanted my wheels that badly, they could do exactly as I did...
 

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Spares are available. I got mine from a German company called McGard

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i had same issue, i ended up using 18mm socket i think, whatever socket almost goes on, hit it on with a club hammer about 3 mm and got them all off it was very easy.
 

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With a 2003 car the locking wheel nut may not be made by McGard unless they have been retrofitted, the McGard nuts use a paten on the face of the nut the older MGR locking nut used a grove down two sides of the nut. If it is the latter I would remove and get rid of and replace with either McGard or a normal nut (is steeling wheels still a thing?).
 

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If I recall, I gave them the key code from the handbook and they sent me the relevant key nut. It was €16.

Rimmers sell the older 2 groove type mentioned by Chris

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.....Obviously with 15 years since the demise of MG Rover, I don't really expect "spares" to be available, but someone may know differently (I can only hope!).
Replacement key sockets are indeed still available - the original Rover type are still obtainable by ordering through any XPart reseller, or you can get a stronger version from Brown and Gammons in Baldock. You will need the code letter that is stamped into the top edge of the locking nuts on your car to find which 'key' number is correct.

The later McGard type key sockets are available from McGard in Germany for a charge of 16 euros. If you have these sort and do not have the original code card for them, you need to take a clear end on digital photograph of your nut so that McGard can identify the specific pattern and send you a key to match. They also require a digital scan of the V5 for the car so that they can verify you as a genuine order (they delete this after the transaction is complete). Although there are a very large number of McGard patterns, MG Rover only used 20 of these, so it may also be possible to find one by visiting a breakers or a garage that specialises in Rovers as they often keep wheel lock nut sockets and may allow you to rummage through them until you find one that fits.
 

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Thanks for your various inputs to my problem. Brown & Gammons were very helpful and believe we have identified the right key. Will know on Tuesday!
 
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