Back in about early Sep. 2002 my front N/S wheel came off rather abruptly whilst driving! Luckily i was only doing perhaps 10mph at the time and was just about to turn out of my parents road (on a quiet minor road). As i came up to the turning that particular wheel felt strange and was making a knocking noise (i partly realised what was about to happen ). Within a second or so it had come off sending my beetle"s front N/S brake drum crashing onto the ground. I absolutely shit myself at the time. I remember seeing the wheel which had just come off go bouncing down the road i was about to turn into (just like in one of the Herbie films) . Could'nt believe what had just happened at the time. Luckily i managed to bolt the escapeee wheel back on and the car limped the 50 metres or so back to my parents driveway.Icky said:I just use a really big wheel brace, and then use a piece of scaffold pipe on the end of that to get them off.
I had mine "torqued up correctly" by a "Professional" who claimed that they were all to the right torque - and the wheel came loose and almost fell off. Tighten them up as tight as you can... its better to have to fight with them the next time than to have a wheel fall off, and you die.
Just my two penneth worth.
sorry like are you saying a £20 quid, plug in to your lighter scoket electric impact gun removed your flywheel nut??al_kaholik said:All true. use copper grease, only a little though. If your drums are horribly rusty, invest in a cheap electric rattle gun to get them off. It will also do flywheel nuts without needing a brace and rear hub nuts. Just don't tighten anything with seals behind them with it, namely the flywheel and the rear hub nuts!
Cost about £20 from Woolworths