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Introduction

If you have a wheel lock (wheel nut lock) on your car or truck wheel and do not have a wheel lock key, use this guide to remove the wheel lock.

A wheel lock is used to fasten the wheel on your vehicle, as a regular wheel nut would, but uses a part-specific key to unlock it. It is common to lose a wheel lock key. The wheel lock key can be removed manually.

Before beginning, make sure your vehicle is on a flat surface and all wheels are level. Make sure to have your emergency brake (parking brake) on as well.

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    • Clean the wheel lock to make sure there is no debris on the surface of the lock.

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    • Find a 12-point socket that barely fits over the wheel lock.

    • The socket should not be loose enough to revolve around the wheel lock.

  3. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Hold the socket in place.

    • Use a hammer to hit the socket until it is tight around the lock.

    • Gloves are recommended to prevent hand injury.

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    • Unscrew the socket using the socket wrench.

    • Turn left to loosen. If you cannot turn the wrench easily, get a longer wrench for more torque.

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    • Now that the wheel lock is off, it will be stuck to the socket.

    • Insert the screwdriver into the square-opening on top of the socket.

    • Hit the top of the screwdriver with the hammer a few times until the lock falls out of the socket.

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    • Grab a regular wheel nut.

    • Screw on the wheel nut by hand.

    • Use the tire iron to tighten the wheel nut.

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2 Comments

Hi, I have a 05 dodge dakota that has 4- 8 spline thin wall deep socket lug nuts on them. I have went to every tire/mechanic shop and tool store. I really need to get these off so I can change my breaks!!

If there's anything or any advice you can give on how to get these suckers off, I would greatly appreciate it 🙏🏽

As my husband has been trying for over a week now!!

SK Seid - Reply

I was skeptical, but this did in fact work on my 2005 Honda CRV spare tire wheel lock. I used a 3/4 inch 12 point socket. Hammered it on and it came off easily. Can't get the wheel lock nut out of the socket, but well worth losing a socket to get off the nut.

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