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Old 09-28-2004, 07:40 PM   #1
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What is the easiest way to get these off without the key?
I'll probably end up taking it somewhere but if I can do it myself I will

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In the trunk, where the jack is located, the keyed socket is located there, which you will need to use the wrench in there. You'll see what I mean when you find it.


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If that doesn't work, take a socket a little bit bigger than the lug nut, grab a hammer, and pound the **** out of it so that the socket is forced on to the locking lug nut. Take off as normal.
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Get another lug nut before you do that too. Sounds like someone has stolen a wheel with a lock nut on it .


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No, seriously, I only know that from working in a garage for so many years.
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Tire and wheel shops have a special socket for their impact wrenches. Makes short work of it. They'll have the replacement you need, too.
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My buddy has an impact socket that we got mine off with. It'* a reverse threaded cone that cuts into the lug. You smack it on with a hammer. It cost about 20 bucks from the MAC man or $nap On.
OR .. A tire shop. I bet you could buy the tool for the price of getting them removed.

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Most tire shops will probably do it for free, especially if you buy replacement lugs from them. They want your repeat business. I've had to do this on 2 used vehicles in the past, and I didn't pay either time.
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I just went with a locking lug nut fiasco on my 93. I didn't post it here, but the results were dismal.

My advice..

If you have a lug nut that'* close to shot, remove that one FIRST!! I had one that was badly mangeled, but took off all the others first. Not thinking that it would increase the load on that one remaining lug, it did! I'm kicking myself for it.

The key badly mangeled the lug. It was a mess. I ended up having to grind it down (lug and stud) to the surface of the wheel, then touch it up with my Dremel, then start a pilot hole of 3/16" in the center of the stud, and work my way up to a 3/8" hole in the stud until the stud finally broke off. Then, the wheel came off.

I ended up having to change out the stud (obviously). Got a fresh one from AutoZone and bought four new non-locking nuts and replaced the other three nuts at the same time.

Morale of the story...take your time and loosen the locker first!!
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