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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 10, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Removing locking lug nuts

Hey guys,

My wheels have got locking lug nuts installed, and of course, the adapter bit wasn't included in the deal because it was nowhere to be found.

It's a long shot, but is there a chance anyone recognizes the type or so? Or does anybody have a good idea on how to remove them.

The best idea I heard so far is to weld on a regular bold, but I'm scared my wheels will get damaged that way - and I really like the wheels

Any help would be great,

thanks a lot.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 10, 08:31 AM
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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

Your only choice is to remove them and buy ones where you have the key. What I have done in the past is find a 12-point socket that 'fits' and drive it on with a hammer, then remove it. Use a 1/2" drive socket. There usually is not enough material to drill a hole and use a screw extractor.

If space permits, you could try grinding two flat spots on opposite sides and then just use a Crescent wrench as an alternative.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 10, 09:43 AM
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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

Those look like McGard type locks. Most Tire Stores or dealerships will have a Master Lock Removal kit, and can probably take those off for you. Snap On Tools makes a master kit also as well as other tool dealers like Mac. etc.
Otherwise you can use a big socket like mentioned and drive it over the lug nut.
FWIW - I have also had success by taking a normal open ended lug nut clamped in a pair of vise grips with the ground lead attached, and then mig welding down the centre of the open ended nut. The spatter is usually contained in the open end nut, and you can allways cut a old welding glove apart and wrap it around that area to contain the spatter.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 10, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

Thanks for the tips guys.

I don't car if I lose the lugs, I just want to get my wheels of for balancing and polishing..

I'll check the local car dealers, but I don't think they'll be able to help - european cars huh..

Thanks for the help! I'll get 'em of sooner or later, one way or another
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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

I have removed some of those with an air chisel (used with caution).

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 10, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Chisel might work! Just some sharp metal chisel and some counterclockwise hammer hits might do it! Good idea!

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What I have done in the past is find a 12-point socket that 'fits' and drive it on with a hammer, then remove it. Use a 1/2" drive socket.
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I have used this method one more than one occasion. Use a socket that is just smaller then the diameter of the lug and use a BFH to drive it on. I will caution you that it may ruin the socket. I usually go buy a cheap one that than be thrown away.

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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

Snap On makes a removal kit... kinda high for one time use but its the easiest way to get them off without damage to your wheels.

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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

I had the same locking nuts on a Chevelle I bought 35 years ago. Just like you I didnít have the key. I drove a piece of galvanized water pipe onto the locking nuts with a big hammer and removed them with a pipe wrench. If I remember correctly it was 3/4 inch pipe about a foot long.

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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

12 point socket trick works, also around here Discount tire will do it as will most repair shops. we have 2 kits where I work. Jay


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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 10, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Removing locking lug nuts

Looks like there's some different options to try out. Thanks guys, big help!
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