How To Remove A Locking Lug Nut Without The Key

VD August 08 2021

Fancy cars come with expensive wheels, and to protect those wheels from theft, your vehicle must have locking lug nuts attached to the wheels instead of conventional nuts. 

Are Locking Lug Nuts Is A Good Idea?

To make your car harder for thieves, all you need are locking wheel nuts. They're easy and provide an excellent deterrent against opportunistic theft! In fact, because of their fittedness in cars around the world and due to how easy it is for someone who doesn't own one type or another can use them - many people do!

Wheel locks are an excellent way to deter criminals from stealing your wheels. They come in various shapes and sizes, but all have the same function: making it difficult for would-be thieves by requiring them to use their own key before they can get away with any decent loot!

Locking lug nuts can provide you peace of mind, but they can also cause you trouble if they become damaged or if you lose the key. One day you may find yourself standing next to your car with a wheel screwed on. So the first thing we advise you to keep in mind after buying locking lug nuts for your vehicle is to always be careful not to lose your wrench. Unless, of course, you want to spend half a day crawling under the car and probably break something

Now, you are probably on this page because you have lost the key to unlocking the locking lug nut, which you probably need to change the tire. You must wonder how to get the locking wheel nuts off without the key.    

Your options could be:  

  • Looking for the key inside the car
  • Searching for the key in places where you think you could keep it for safety 
  • Finding the serial number that came with the lug nuts and contacting the manufacturer to get a new key
  • Using the penetrating oils 
  • Buying a lug nut removal kit 

That’s right! You could give a try to all these options but, there’s a catch. When you look everywhere and make sure that the key is completely lost, you’d want to try other things. 

But, getting a new key or buying a lug nut removal kit would cost you a lot of money. In other words, both deals are considerably expensive.  Also, you might not even have the time to wait for a new key’s arrival or to go to a store personally and buy a lug nut removal kit.  

In addition to that, you might not have the availability of penetrating oil, which by the way, could damage your wheels’ paint anyways. So, what’s the best method?  Let’s see how to get the locking wheel nuts off without the key.  

Use brute force to remove the locking lug nut 

Yes! Using a hammer to remove the lug nut would be the best solution to deal with the situation. 

Tools required: 

  • A set of lug nut sockets 
  • Breaker bar
  • Hammer
  • Lug nut wrench
  • A new lug nut 

Step 1: Choose the right socket

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You have to choose the right socket by checking which one fits the nut tightly. The size of the socket may vary, but the one that usually works the best is a 12-point socket. 

Step 2: Use the hammer to force the socket onto the lug nut 

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First, you have to place the socket onto the lug nut and then use the hammer to pound the socket onto the lug nut until it’s securely fixed. 

Step 3: Take the breaker bar and apply leverage to unscrew the bolt 

breaker-bar

A breaker bar is a tool that helps to employ force conveniently. Try not to put all your strength into quickly turning it around as only the bar will move while the lug nut would remain in place. 

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Turn the breaker bar at a slow pace and apply force until the bolt comes to loss. You have to keep trying because it might not work instantly. If you’re lucky enough, then you’d be able to unscrew the bolt in a short time. 

Step 4: Check the wheel stud

broken-wheel-stud

After you get successful in removing the lug nut from the wheel stud, you have to check if the wheel stud is damaged or not. Fortunately, if it is not damaged, you can easily place the new lug nut on it. However, if you aren't lucky enough, you can damage or even break your wheel stud. If this happens - you should fix it immediately! Remember, that driving even without a single stud will make your wheel attached loose - that may lead to some serious consequences, and the wheel can fly off right on the highway. 

Step 5: Get the lug nut out of the socket 

Use a blunt chisel and stick it inside the lug nut and whack it with a hammer. Slowly and gently put the socket with the lug nut trapped inside onto the wheel stud. Use the hammer to tap the side of the socket with a controlled force. It’ll probably get out. 

What to do if this method doesn’t work? 

You should repeat the process and make sure that you’re not turning the breaker bar too quickly. If it still doesn’t work, then you should seek professional assistance. Anyway, if you have enough time and finances - it will be better to see your mechanic - he is probably know how to fix your problem better and without damaging your car for sure! 

We hope that it works for you, as it usually does in most cases, so you don’t have to worry about how to get the locking wheel nuts off without the key anymore.     

Comments:

Just give me the car for a weekend. I’m sure I’ll get it off. Beware, though, that my method requires me to drive hundreds of miles. Your GPS may say that I’ve taken it to the Tail of the Dragon. This is correct. It is an integral part of the lug nut removal process. Trust me!
ImRightYoureNot / 2021-08-16 06:04:48

A breaker bar is one of those things that I don’t cheap out on. Maybe it’s just a mental thing but I feel better knowing that the bar I’m putting that much torque through wasn’t the cheapest thing I could find.
token-liberal / 2021-08-21 17:04:18

I’ve used cheap ones, they’re fine until they’re not. If you’re working at home you can go get another one or try some other method, it’s not that big of a deal. But they do bend, the screw holding the pivot on will back out, the head can twist off right at the socket, probably a few other failure modes too.
440-4bbl / 2021-08-25 06:02:07

“I’ve used cheap ones, they’re fine until they’re not.”Sort of the story with all things HF, isn’t it? I realized mine’s actually a DuraLast (AutoZone house brand) and it’s been fine for a few years now.
andrewpcollins / 2021-08-28 01:17:27

It’s also the kind of thing that you don’t need to cheap out on. They’re simple. The good ones aren’t much more money than the cheap ones.That said, I think fancy handles and rubber grips and whatnot actually make that particular tool worse. Every extra millimeter you can turn it before it bumps something is important. So the best one probably isn’t the most expensive one.
ivan256 / 2021-08-31 00:05:40

I’m with you. While I don’t need to spring for pro level stuff a few extra bucks to make sure it doesn’t bend at just at the worst moment seems reasonable, and I don’t know that I’ve ever even seen a fancied up breaker bar. Seems like a complete waste to me.
token-liberal / 2021-09-02 19:20:56

I ended up bending my Craftsman 1/2" breaker bar in a loose L shape once. Thing didn’t break but bent kinda slowly. Local Sears swapped it out, but had some interesting looks.We were trying to get a seized up prop retaining nut off a cropduster, and had a 6' cheater bar on it, and the prop resting on some sandbags on a pickup truck to make that breaker bar boomerang shaped....
dcarrington / 2021-09-05 11:04:15

Solid, but then aren’t you then relying on the thing you put the handle around that’s connected to the socket? I don’t like putting that kind of pressure on a ratchet but I guess a good 1/2" one should take it.
token-liberal / 2021-09-08 20:28:59

Hey might want to make an exception to this. And not all are useless just the cheap ones like in this case. I know BMW, Gorilla (have them on my Camaro), and some others have it so the outer piece of the locking nut will spin if you try to put a socket on it. You can see it in these lugs below. The outer portion will just spin as you try to remove them this way.
the-nope / 2021-09-11 15:44:57

Nope, even a 12 point that’s close wont work on this type which is precisely why more expensive and effective lock nuts/bolts use this style. OEM BMW lock bolts use a similar method. If you cannot wait to get the key and/or take it to a tire shop/dealer, then the only real way to remove these involve welding a large nut to the top of it and trying to get it off that way.
najnad / 2021-09-15 01:10:00

Funny, this is par for the course when I worked at a tire shop. You can’t believe the number of these I removed because people either never received or lost their keys. It was honestly near 50/50 for people who had them and people who didn’t.A 17mm/19mm flip socket and an air gun takes off about 90% of them. The this style ones that are made for aftermarket wheels with smaller diameter holes (like 17mm or less), just purchase a key that doesn’t fit and hammer it on. You can also lay the socket on the concrete and gently tap around the lug and socket to see if they will dislodge instead of using a screwdriver or punch.
protodad / 2021-09-17 06:16:20

I called a few tire shops asking if they could do this for me when I first realized I didn’t have the key. They all acted like I was the first person to lose one of these keys, and were much more interested in telling me “it wouldn’t be their fault if they broke the wheel and/or stud” than “sure we can do it” which I found surprising.
andrewpcollins / 2021-09-19 18:27:14

Lame, I worked at an America’s Tire (Discount Tire outside CA) for about 4 years (15 years ago) and this was so common we kept old keys just to have spares on hand to remove locks. Not sure if the customers knew or not but no one ever seemed to actaully know they needed them removed. Maybe a few but most never knew they had them on their vehicles. You should just roll in and ask for a rotation and see what happens...
protodad / 2021-09-22 20:47:26

I honestly thought that tire shops had a set of keys for each kind of wheel. I’ve never thought about it much and assumed that there were only a small number of possibilities, because this seems like the kind of thing that would only keep an inexperienced thief from stealing your wheels. I’ve got them on my wheels but the key is in the wheel well with my spare and the tire shop I go to for service has never asked me for it, so I never knew I should have given it to them.
imgonnamakeyouloveme / 2021-09-26 02:39:40

Naw, people are just fucking assholes and look for any reason to get shops to pay for unrelated work. Occasionally a wheel lock needs to be cut or drilled into to get it off (sometimes shops even burn them off). Why should the shop be responsible for a stud if the owner is missing the key?In the shop I worked at (didn’t do general repairs - tires only) we had a customer end up with a seized lug and we told them no problem go get it fixed. The bill came back for about 800 bucks. It was a German car with lug posts which can get expensive as you sometimes have to replace the hub since the posts screw into the hub as opposed to a lug nut/stud arrangement. We investigated the claim and it turned out the customer tried to obligate us for the complete replacement of the hub, CV joints, and half-shaft. IIRC the hub was about 50% of that claim. When we asked the customer about it after talking to the shop that did the repair the customer insisted that all of those components needed to be replaced as the shop ruined them replacing the wheel hub with the seized lug post.Another incident that comes to mind is a fucking half witted twit that insisted when we removed the wheel on the back of an IRS equipped Explorer we accidently tried to remove the hub nut on the axle. We didn’t even have a socket big enough to engage the hub nut but that ass baby fucking insisted we loosened it. Ultimately that claim was a lost cause as it was cheaper to just pay the fucktard off since they threatened to sue - don’t know why the company just didn’t take them to court though (the cost I guess). Then there are the rest of the morons that come back with a CEL on insisting that a check engine light is the result of putting on new tires - yeah that happens a lot!
ebontrio / 2021-09-28 18:23:11

Fuck that, I worked in shops for 8 years, and while yes we would look for anything and everything we could sell. I can honestly say I’ve never frivolously sold a Stud. It’s shit bullwork that on most cars is less than 15 minutes in labour and pennies in profit on parts. It’s a pointless sale when you can be half way through a much more profitable brake job in the same amount of time.
mercwri / 2021-10-01 17:11:15

I went to my local Discount Tire several years ago soon after I bought my old Taurus (it was a ‘93 and was about 10 years old when I bought it). I didn’t even realize that the key was missing. They said their tool for removing them was broken and suggested I take it to the dealer. I went to the Parts Department first, and the old men in there were really hateful. Keep in mind, I was about to go out of town and had a slow leak in a tire. After being really hateful and nasty, they sent me over to the Service Department and they were quite nice indeed.
beigeslushboxmatrixbrad / 2021-10-04 12:27:22

Hey, less than 30 days hardly qualifies as old around here. :-) I’ve been known to contribute (unseen I’m guessing) to threads that are years old.Anyway, this is part of what deters me from working on cars more than I do (which is seldom). I’m not an experienced gearhead, and sooner or later I encounter some nut or whatever that just refuses to come loose. I get frustrated and eventually pay someone else to deal with it.Ah well. Maybe someday.
jek / 2021-10-07 21:52:23

Former hobby farmer in my youth. “If it doesn’t fit, get a bigger hammer” has been stated on many occasions.Now at my semi-mature age, I am a strong believer in an assortment of breaker bars for working against “nature’s thread-locker”. (That’s what we call rust here in the northeast.)Most jobs utilize “Little Bertha” and “Big Bertha”, my short and long 1/2" drive breaker bars. On occasion I drag out “Large Marge”. She’s a 40", 3/4" drive bar to which very little yields.
ateamfan42 / 2021-10-11 07:16:55

As you’ve now seen, a locking lug nut is nothing more than a slight inconvenience to a thief who wants your wheels. Don’t waste your time with these dumb things.If they really wanted it, then nothing is a deterrent. If it is a relatively casual thief and your car has a minor inconvenience and the guy next door’s car has no inconvenience then guess who is buying new wheels (hint: not you).
skeffles / 2021-10-14 06:05:25

“Relatively” And also, yes, there are people who cruise around in vans stealing fancy wheels. It is an easy job and you can work your own hours, all you need is a van and a friend you can trust to keep their mouth shut. Without the inconvenience of a locking nut it is a five minute or less job, and a quiet job at that, to take those fancy wheels. With a locking nut it is longer and very much louder.
skeffles / 2021-10-17 08:26:08

New Haven, CT where I lived went through a huge rash of thefts of Honda 4-lug wheels. Civics, Fits etc all were being de-wheeled at a rapid rate. They always skipped the cars with locking nuts since they could remove all 4 wheels on an unlocked Civic or Fit and leave it on cinder blocks in just a few minutes, versus mucking around with the wheel locked Hondas.
pedro-s / 2021-10-19 13:31:17

I actually broke the U joint of a friends breaker bar, and both he and his father were amazed that it broke.I have broken a standard “u-joint” style breaker bar. Too be fair, we had a 6-foot pipe on it attempting to put enough leverage on an axle nut. (That nut took 2 days of heating and spraying before it finally let go.)I have been surprised how much torque the wrench style below can take. I have a few of these cheap Harbor Freight bars, and they have taken a LOT of abuse very well.
ateamfan42 / 2021-10-22 12:19:30

Interesting. That is plenty easy, but the newer Guerrilla Locks have a rotating collar with a pretty narrow gap that is too skinny to fit a socket big enough to also go over the bolt head. I suppose you could wedge three or four screwdrivers into the gap and try to find a way to turn them, but it’d be a pain.Of course if someone is just trying to steal your wheels, they don’t typically care about your car so they remove the rest of the nuts and snap the remaining stud off. The next trick is you have to have two locking nuts per wheel to make that harder to do.
seancurry / 2021-10-26 01:17:04

“As you’ve now seen, a locking lug nut is nothing more than a slight inconvenience to a thief who wants your wheels. Don’t waste your time with these dumb things.”Yes and no. If you live where you can’t hear or see what is going on with your car at night, don’t waste your time with locks. However, if your bedroom window faces your car, and if you live overseas I highly recommend a wheel lock. While anyone can remove a lock, it will create a bit of noise and thieves do not like noise. The thief will still try to remove it, at least I’ll be able to hear it and have an extra 2 minutes to grab my meat cleaver from the kitchen and run out.
erzhik / 2021-10-28 02:50:35

I got a truck a while back that came with 24 (all of them) locking lug nuts of some very high quality, well designed, yet obscure and no longer extant make. I tried everything... Seriously. A billion different removal kits were useless as all the wheel/tire shops in the area were totally flummoxed and had never seen anything like them. The 80s mag wheels were extra thick (because it’s a terrible material to make wheels out of), so I had very limited access. I tried the usual socket route, tried welding a nut to the ends, tried various nut removal tools (actually got one or two of the looser ones), and a dozen other things. They were splined, a very hard alloy, and asymmetrical in such a way that when this particular trick was applied the socket was effectively kicked off. Essentially, you would hammer on the socket and it was guaranteed to completely wreck one of the splines (the purpose of the asymmetry) while the others were so hard that you either simply could not get a socket too far on there or it would be too big. This is the fun part: if a socket was too big, it would just round things out a bit and turn. If it was more appropriately sized, the offset spline was sufficiently destroyed that it would change the center, make it impossible to turn, and round the thing off anyway such that the socket would ultimately just turn. What should have been a 30 minute exercise in swapping wheels between trucks turned into an all-weekend affair with a dozen trips to various FLAPSes, tire shops, tool specialty stores, and hardware stores. I destroyed several Craftsman tools before finally finding something that worked... A hardened (impact maybe?), square-splined “universal” deep socket. I’m guessing it didn’t exist when these lug nuts were designed. The squared off hardened splines were narrow enough to actually be driven on (focusing the force on a smaller area without completely wrecking any one spline), hard enough to get through the alloy, spaced such that I could get a bite on at least a few of those ridiculous splines, and strong enough that it could then turn once it bit. Even then, it still took 2-3 of those sockets before I was finally able to swap all 4 wheels. 24 of those bastards. I might have kept one of the least damaged ones as a trophy... Did I mention there were 24???
spectre6001 / 2021-11-01 04:58:01

When I bought my 540i it had Style 135s held on by 20 locking nuts. No biggie. I took it in to my indy for a service and (it had to be) the new guy put the wheels back on with an impact. I didn’t know this obviously. Fast forward a month or two and I’m at a buddy’s house and for some odd reason we decide to pull a wheel. I get the first lug out and then break the key on the second. Great. Now I have wheel held on by 4 lugs so I can’t drive it, but I can’t put the other locker back on. I throw on a regular lug and take it to a tire shop with 19 regular lugs in a bag. The short(er) version is that it took them an hour and a half, four broken keys and a sparkle wrench to get the 19 remaining 0vertorqued lock lugs off and replace them with regular lugs torqued properly. Needless to say my indy got an earfull and the new guy went back to cleaning up oil spills.
legsmalone / 2021-11-03 10:04:17

Lightly reattach the fused lug nut/socket combination onto the wheel stud and tap the side with a hammer. Or just wriggle the heck out of it with your breaker bar. (Probably the best.) Be careful not to hit it toohard as you may damage your threads.I think it should be clarified that “lightly reattching” means reinstalling the nut no more than hand-tight (for socketless removal of the nut). If you “lightly reattach” the nut by hanging it on the last few threads of the stud, hammering the socket may damage those threads.To avoid this, the nut needs to be reinstalled far enough for ALL of its threads to mesh, which will distribute the force as you hammer away.
urambotauro / 2021-11-06 15:57:11

Wheel locks are the Devils invention! I mean seriously.. fuck those things. I get paid .2 Hr for a rotation; if you didn’t put it in your cupholder or something I have to root through your glove box, consoles, spare tire well and any other nooks or crannies your vehicle has looking for it before I go to the service advisor to see if they can ask the owner where it might be. (Usually either unknown or places I’ve already looked.) and up to .5 Hr dealing with the bullshit and lost money on this. Also the times you look for them you run across hidden pistols, cash etc.. (although selfie nudes of nubile females happen occasionally too!)
rustyopel / 2021-11-10 01:22:23

My rule-of-thumb is to count on the socket and the locking lug to both be thrown in the garbage afterwards. There is always a chance that you can save the 12-point, but most of the time you can’t. This is why, if it ever comes to having to do this, buy the cheapest POS socket you can buy. After successful removal, remove the rest of the locking lugs and pitch them in the fucking trash. If someone wants your wheels then they will get them whether you have locks or not (as seen above). They only cause a bigger headache for you in the long run.
autojunkie / 2021-11-12 13:33:20

re: breaker barsI went out looking for a breaker bar a few months ago, and I had trouble finding the right length and drive size combination. The 3/8" drive breaker bars were only an inch or do longer than my 3/8" drive socket wrench, and the 15"+ breaker bars that I wanted were 1/2" drive. Why the hell would one buy a breaker bar that’s pretty much the same length as the socket wrench one already has? Are the hardware stores around me just dumb? I bought a long breaker plus some drive size adapters (obviously), but it really makes me wonder...
alsosprachalso / 2021-11-15 01:43:31

I have done this for a car I bought that did not come with the key. Here is some more tips.....“tapping” the socket on isn’t going to hold if the locking lugs are actually tight. Use the BMFH (big mother fuckin hammer) and a tight socket. Also, just go out and buy some harbor freight sockets. These things are going to be shot when you are done and getting the lugs out is a total bitch. Not worth the hassle to get your ruined socket back anyway. Spend 8 dollars and throw them away when you are done.
montegofd3s / 2021-11-18 04:03:42

people who actively add locking nuts (after market) & then go for any kind of tire service know (mostly) they are on the wheels, and these folks are mostly smart enough to keep the key in the “glove box.” People who have no idea they had locking nuts, also had no idea the very many other optional things added to their vehicle, just pre-delivery, by the dealer (if they bought it new). Bottom line, there are a lot of people out there who simply need to pay more attention to EVERYTHING in life (maybe just a tiny bit)
k-cro / 2021-11-21 13:29:09

We’ve basically rendered whatever lug nut this was a terrible investment, because any thief can obviously remove them easily.Whaaattt? It took you at least 3x as long to pull that wheel and it was about 20x louder. Here’s a picture of a really professional job that was done recently, reported on by Jalopnik. Try to spot the truck with locking lug nuts:
ryanfrew / 2021-11-23 22:07:18

A lot of those are generic wheel nut sets that you can buy at auto part stores too. You might be able to just buy a new set that comes with a key. Mine aren’t exactly locking on two of my cars, but they are spline drive (designed for small lug nuts holes) so they require a special tool. Coincidentally both cars can use the same tool so I got lucky the first time I had to take the wheels off. Bought another socket off of Amazon so I could keep one in each car.
moparmap / 2021-11-27 07:32:28

The locking lug removal kit is worthless. Several Techs have purchased different sets over the years only to find out every time that they don’t fit and you end up have to resort to the old 12pt socket method. Heck the extractors only work half the time since they have to fit just right.The McGaurd style that is typically used by Dealers as add on equipment can be a bear sometimes due to their slick outside, but will come off.
gravypig / 2021-11-30 09:53:32

You can often use a pipe coupling in the same way, in which case you can use a pipe wrench to remove and sh*t can the whole unit since a 1/2" galvi pipe coupling costs about $1.Also note, if you’re using a screwdriver to do something other than driving a screw you’re F’ing up. You’re F’ing up the screw driver, you’re F’ing up what you’re working on...you’re just F’ing up.
elmowatt / 2021-12-02 18:31:33

Or use them and don’t lose the key. Any deterrence I can give to a thief stealing my 35s is pretty cheap ass insurance. I would never tell someone not to use a lock on their front door just because I can pick it in under 30 seconds. You want an eye opener in physical security, let someone show you how easy lock picking is.
ThatJeepGuy / 2021-12-05 10:15:21

This is salt in a (relatively) fresh wound.I was just easing down into my chair in my home office ready to start the day when my phone went off. My wife had left about 40 minutes earlier and I assumed she was calling to let me know that she made it in to the office because traffic was pretty bad due to rain. I immediately heard tension in her voice, “are you working from home today?”“Uhhm, yes”“I have a flat”Ok, whew. I was thinking she broke down or got into an accident or worse. I ran downstairs to grab my tool bag and cape, ready to swoop in to the rescue.At this point I realized that I left most of my tools in my parent’s garage. I remember my line of thinking, “I only ever work on our cars in my parent’s garage, no use in hauling all of these tools back to my place” This theme of totally out-thinking myself is a constant theme in my adult years.I grabbed my floor jack (my Dad has one, so I keep my old one in my shed) and ran out the door.I fought through 45 minutes of traffic and finally arrived at the stretch of road that ate my wife’s tire. I got to the trunk and was relived to see the lug wrench, scissor jack, and spare sitting right where they should have been. The spare even had air. Things are looking up. There was an empty slot, but it was small and I wasn’t immediately concerned with it. It was at that point that I looked at the wheel and realized the depth of this exercise. I saw the locking lug nut on the wheel and relived a quick montage. Quick flash to the dealer handing me the pack of locking lug nuts in 2008 as a way of saying ‘thank you’. Then I remember looking at the lug nuts and seeing a solution to a problem that I didn’t have. I remember the overwhelming self satisfaction I felt as I swapped out the regular lug nuts for locking lugs to protect the stock steelies (with wheel covers) on a 2008 Subaru Impreza (base model).“Hey! HEY!” my wife shouted to pull me out of my flashback.“I have to pee”I was silent as we drove to the local strip mall to find a restroom. I was running through the list of recent maintenance. Oil, no. Trans fluid, no. Belts and coolant, no. When was the last time I had used that key?? I looked all through her car and couldn’t find the key anywhere. I called the dealer hoping that they had a master key or something, but they would have to order the part and it would take 3-4 days before it would ship.I resigned myself to having it towed to the closest non-sketchy tire shop and have them cut off the locking lugs. I watched my wife drive away in my FiST as I sat in the cab of the tow truck wondering how much of my day I was about to sacrifice. Well, it was a lot.At this point, I had some time. I decided to call my wife from the Mr. Tire waiting room and try some memory recall exercises. We then remembered that she had to take her car to the mechanic to have the steering rack replaced. “Hey” I thought, “surely they would need to take the wheels off for that. Bingo!”I then described the part to her. “It looks kind of like a round silver thing with a flower pattern engraved on one end.”“Oh, is that what that thing was?” she replied. “I thought the mechanic left one of their tools in my cup holder when they finished with my car so I put it in an envelope and put it in the night drop box.” The steering rack was replaced over a year ago.Already knowing how it would play out, I asked her to call the mechanic and see if they can find the key. Yes, I was at Mr. Tire and they were capable of removing the locking lug nuts, but at a cost of $35 per wheel. The standard Subaru Impreza is equipped with four.It was a busy day at Mr. Tire so it’s not like I didn’t have time to try and save myself some cash. My wife called the shop a couple of times and I can almost see the mechanic’s face as he was saying, “Yeah, sure thing. I’ll go look for that small obscure part that you left at my shop a year ago. Let me drop everything and get right on that. No, I’m writing it down so I don’t forget.” All the while making a jerk off motion with his free hand.Sigh. Several hours later it’s a race to see if my phone battery will outlast the dental school drop out they assigned to extracting the lugs on my wife’s poor Subaru. The techs finished with just enough time for me to drop off my wife’s car, pick up my car, and get stuck in a surprisingly voluminous early afternoon rush hour.And that’s why I hate locking lug nuts.
pavelmatsyuk / 2021-12-08 09:02:24

As somebody who has had his wheels stolen 05 Dodge Ram SRT-10 factory 22's (didnt have locks on them) lesson learn. This post sucks. While there really no way to prevent wheel theft if they really want them they will get them this just teaches them how to circumvent a wheel lock. If I hear some losers trying to hammer a socket on my lugs at 2am at night he’s get a slug to the chest.
philosophico1 / 2021-12-11 18:28:10