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Wheels and tires for your BMW. Stock and aftermarket wheels, tires, spacers, lug bolts, center caps, etc....

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Old 05-04-2004, 06:03 PM   #1
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OEM BMW Wheel Pin

I bought 2 of these by accident and i do not need it. All Pictures and desriptions are borrowed form bmw325i.net... I am asking $6.00 shipped

Originally Posted by bmw325i.net
BMWs do not use wheel studs with lug nuts to hold the wheels to the car. Instead they use wheel bolts. Each wheel is fastened to the car with five of these wheel bolts.

Needless to say, this makes it a real pain in the neck to remove and reinstall a wheel. If you've ever had a flat tire with your BMW then you know what I mean. Since there are no wheel studs to hold the wheel in place you're stuck there holding a very heavy tire in the air while you try and line up the holes to install a wheel bolt. I always end up getting the dirt and grease from the tire on my clothes as I try to hold the tire with my left hand and my opposing knee while trying to insert a wheel bolt with my right hand. It's not fun.

Fortunately there is an inexpensive tool that will make this chore a lot easier. It's called a wheel pin and it's made by BMW. It even fits inside your toolkit in the trunk. At about $5 from any BMW parts counter, it really makes me wonder why BMW didn't include this in the toolkit with the car. There's even a space in the toolkit in the trunk that looks like it was meant to house this tool.

To use the wheel pin you simply press the plastic end into one of the holes where you would screw in a wheel bolt. Then you slide your wheel onto it through one of the wheel bolt holes in the wheel. Now that the weight is supported you can put in the wheel bolts much easier.
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