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Old 07-28-2010, 02:15 PM
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locking lug nuts

My mustang has locking lugs nuts on it. I wasnt aware of this at the time i bought it and the person i bought it from doesnt have the key. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove them with out buying the special kit.

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Old 07-28-2010, 02:22 PM
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locking lugs

if they are the type that takes the key at the very front of lug??? meaning they have a scroll in the front... u can take a socket a nats butt smaller and hammer it on.. put in vise and use a rod or something to knock it out.. use it on another. if its the rotating collar type..not sure of that one.
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buy a set of keyed lugnuts from walmart.. I bet those keys will fit enough to get them off
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I had this problem on a truck that I bought. Take a regular lug nut and arc weld it to the end of the lock through the hole in the lug nut. This should give you enough grip to loosen the lock. It worked for me.
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Some technicians, (like myself), have special sockets for removing locking lug nuts, kinda like an external EZ-Out, maybe call your favorite garage and see if they can help you, if they have the right tools, it only takes a minute or two to get them off.
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Any tire place should have the tools to get them off. Most mechanics also wil have the special sockets. I have also seen a nut welded on but would not recommend this if you have nice wheels.
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I have also seen a nut welded on but would not recommend this if you have nice wheels.
Actually, in my case they were aluminum wheels and there was no damage to the wheels. I did take care to protect the area around the lug from weld spatter, but with the stick inside the outer lug nut, there really was no problem.
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Simply getting a slightly smaller impact socket (one you have no love for) and hammering it onto the lug will often work too.

Another trick is an air chisel and get on the edge of it to rotate it left. Did that with a mechanics air chisel on a rental car out on a country road at a gas station when I found there was no key in the car.

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Check the glove box before you do anything like this. I had a car that I bought with wheel locks and the PO didn't have the key. It was in the glove box. If you can't find it in there, I'd just follow Mr. Padavano's advice.
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Tire store

The previous entry about going to a tire store is best. The guys at a place such as Discount Tire will have the special sockets to get 'em off. That problem presents itself all the time at those stores.

Get rid of the locks or you may be stranded somewhere when a locking lug nut breaks when you are attempting to loosen it. Never tighten a locking lug nut to the same torque as the rest of the lug nuts. Torque the locking lug nut to no more than 40 lb. and just use them as a "scare-crow". Merely the presence of locking lug nuts will be a deterance to most thieves.

I never have used locking lug nuts because I never park my ride anywhere that is out of pistol range.
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ithink they aere factory because the outside is completley round
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I tighten them all the way, HOWEVER, NOT with an impact wrench! Do them by hand only! Ask me how I know.

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