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Old 11-11-2002, 02:34 PM
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Question locking lug-nuts on wheels, How to remove? HELP!

How do you remove those locking lug-nuts from a wheel mounted on a vehicle that, of course, you do not have the "Key" thing that goes over the nut and connects to you lug wrench.

The kind I'm refering to is a smooth round lug nut with no hex, but inside has a rounded star shaped keyhole that a "key" fits into and has a hex on the other end for your lugwrench.

Common aftermarket locking lug nuts.

P.S.- I do not want to damage the wheels

Thanks,
Tom
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Old 11-11-2002, 02:52 PM
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Snap on and Mac Tools have a kit to remove them, not cheap! just to use 4 times!Take it to a shop and have them removed, we do this all the time.

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Old 11-11-2002, 05:16 PM
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Taking it to a shop might be your best bet 'cause they're used to that stuff. You could try taking a 1/2" drive deep 12pt. chrome socket that almost fits over the nut and beat it onto the nut with a hammer then remove the nut while stuck in the socket. After that use something to knock the nut out of the socket if you can and try again on another nut. It works 50% of the time and will ruin your socket.
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I have had to take a cheater pipe on my lug wrench and break them off then replace the stud. Of course didnt have much choice I was on the side of the road with a flat! But when I got it home I got 4 new studs and lug nuts and did the same on the rest.
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I have those on my car and have noticed that the star key will fit in the slot two or more ways. Only one way is an nice fit but the other ways it will go in the slot enought to get the nut loose. You might see if a friend has a key that may just fit close enough to work.
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I had this problem on my 1991 Pontiac Grand Am. I lost the key for the wheels and I had to get them off. I went to a few local mechanics and finally the head mechanic at the local Chevrolet garage had a set of removing tools from Snap On. He took them off, didn't damage the wheel and he didn't ask for a cent. I bought him a beer at the next car cruise, but thats it.
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try your local tire shop, they have ways. By local tire shop I don't mean Allied or Tire Kingdom. I'm not sure those guys know what a tire iron is.
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A good nut splitter ought to run you less than 10 bucks. That and/or careful use of a drill bit ought to get em off without damaging the wheels. Perhaps using a big ol washer to protect the area immediately next to the nut.
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Since you don't have the key, I assume you don't want to use them anymore. Use an air chisel on an angle with the tip of the chisel against the key opening. Couple of passes and you should be able to turn them off the rest of the way by hand. Worked for me.
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Took it to my local Tire Store, they removed all 4, for $10.00 cash. They do have a "kit" for just this problem. Only took them about 5 minutes! Well worth it to me.

Thanks for all the input,
Tom,...32 Pontiac 2dr. sedan "streetrod".
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