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Old 08-17-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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Lug Nut Lock

OK, I have a small issue. When I bought my Jeep, there was a cover on the spare tire, but now that I have replaced my wheels and tires, I was going to replace the spare as well, but there is one of those lug nut locks on the spare. I dont have the adapter to take it off. None of the wheels have this lock except for the spare and the adapter is no where to be found. What are my options?

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #2
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Ok, first thing. If it's from the dealership and looks like it should take a key try your ignition key. My old blazer had that. If that's not the key check with the place you bought it and see if they have the ordering code for it so you can get a replacement. Hopefully it's an easy fix for ya.

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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Maybe something like this : Gator Grip Universal Socket will help.
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Maybe a good pair of vise grips?
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:32 AM   #5
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Sears sells a 3 pack of sockets like these for like 30 bucks, 6 different sizes. Lock Technology 1250 1/2" Drive Flip Socket Lugnut Removal Tool, 18.5/19.5mm Chrome Cap Buster

Found the Link at Sears: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2&blockType=G2
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:56 AM   #6
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An easy and cheap way to remove locks.....

Find an inexpensive 12 point 1/2 drive socket that just barely/ or not quite engages barrell of socket, than pound that socket on hard with a hammer, then gently (hand wrench-no air gun) loosen and ta-daa!!!! Typically the socket will stretch and break, so used an economical socket...hope this helps
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Yes the spare is the only one with a lock. Have you checked with the lug wrench and tools? There is a seperate bag with the lock key. It may be with the tools.
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Find an inexpensive 12 point 1/2 drive socket that just barely/ or not quite engages barrell of socket, than pound that socket on hard with a hammer, then gently (hand wrench-no air gun) loosen and ta-daa!!!! Typically the socket will stretch and break, so used an economical socket...hope this helps
Doesn't Craftsman come with a lifetime guarantee?
I would think you could get a new socket as long as you remove the lug nut before you take it in.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:20 AM   #9
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Yes the spare is the only one with a lock. Have you checked with the lug wrench and tools? There is a seperate bag with the lock key. It may be with the tools.
I have looked everywhere, nothing yet. I looked in the glove box, the center console and even with the jack and tire iron. Nothing.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:21 AM   #10
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Would a tire store/dealership have a universal or master key?
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:26 AM   #11
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Well, you always could use an angle grinder.
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Find an inexpensive 12 point 1/2 drive socket that just barely/ or not quite engages barrell of socket, than pound that socket on hard with a hammer, then gently (hand wrench-no air gun) loosen and ta-daa!!!! Typically the socket will stretch and break, so used an economical socket...hope this helps
Or use one with an unlimited lifetime warranty (ex. Craftsman) and just take it in and get a new one. It has *always* worked for me.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:39 AM   #13
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I just had the exact same problem with my new (to me) 2000 Sport. I spoke with someone at my local dealership who agreed to take it off at no charge. He was able to find a key among their tools that fit (wouldn't sell me the key, though). Maybe a dealership or tire shop near you would do the same if you called them.

Worth a shot if you don't want to mess with it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:47 PM   #14
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At Lunch I went to the local dealership and no luck. They did not have an adapter and they also suggested the hammer and socket method, or cut it off. They also suggested that I do it myself because they wouldnt touch it. They dont want to be held responsible if they cut it, nor do they want to break any of their tools.
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At Lunch I went to the local dealership and no luck. They did not have an adapter and they also suggested the hammer and socket method, or cut it off. They also suggested that I do it myself because they wouldnt touch it. They dont want to be held responsible if they cut it, nor do they want to break any of their tools.
If you took it to the same dealership you bought it from I'd be pissed. I would also make sure they are more than aware of this fact.

If you do try and hammer a socket on the lock, make sure you are bracing things properly and you aren't just hammering away into something that will bend or break. You don't want to cause more issues.
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This happens more often that not unfortunatly...I have bought 7 jeeps this year with the same problem. Best thing to do was mentioned above...12 point deep well socket and a BFH...I always use my IR231 impact on um if I can.
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is there a local 4wd shop close by? i'm sure they'll have a master key or tool to do this.
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http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2&blockType=G2

Craftsman Lugout

The regular flip sockets are just hex heads. Good as a universal set, but not so good for removing round locks. These grip rounded lug nuts and round locks. I bought a set of these when I worked a shop and had to remove these type of fasteners. Sometimes you need to tap them on with a hammer to get them started, especially with the hardened locks. They've always worked for me. Good luck.
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I had the same problem when I bought my YJ. It had one locking lug nut on each front wheel, but no key to be found. I was able to get them off using a bolt extractor socket that I got at Harbor Freight.

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Oh, if you have a solid nut you can weld to the lock you may be able to get it off that way. Since its just the spare it shouldn't be torqued to normal specs and should be fairly easy to get off.

I'm also guessing you won't want this lock anymore as you don't have a key for it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:06 PM   #21
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Thanks for all of the help. I am probably going to try the socket method tonight. I want to get a usable spare on the Jeep as soon as possible. I will update the forum as soon as have a result.
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:16 PM   #22
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I had the same problem today. A friend of mine's father was a locksmith he had a whole kit for taking the locking lugs off . we used one that looked like a reverse easyout . it fit over the lug and had reverve threads that dug into the lug took 1 minute for it to bite then removed it cleanly. Replaced with standard lug. Maybe call a locksmith,

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Old 08-17-2010, 03:18 PM   #23
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I brought mine to a tire place and they did the hammer and socket trick for me, no charge. Took two seconds.
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I brought mine to a tire place and they did the hammer and socket trick for me, no charge. Took two seconds.
Well, there goes my feeling of security with the lock nuts.
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Well, there goes my feeling of security with the lock nuts.
I lost my feeling of security a few days after I got it home from the tire shop and realized that a couple lug nut keys I had laying around in a toolbox for about 10 years would fit the new lug nuts. I guess on the positive side though, I have a few spares, lol
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Update:

I used the socket trick and it worked. I went down to the local hardware store and bought a 3/4's 12 point socket for a couple of bucks and went home and it worked like a charm. Took me longer to drive to the store than it did to get the lock off. Then I ran into my second problem. Lock nut came off great, first of two regular lug nuts came off fine, the second, not so much. The spare has never been off my Jeep, so when I started turning that lug nut, it seemed very hard to turn. Thats because the stud was turning as well. So I broke out the Dremel, a very old screwdriver, and a hammer. Cut that last lug off and now I just have to replace the stud and Im good to go. Mounted the spare with the two nuts that I had and am heading to the parts store today to get a new stud. Funny how things like this work out.

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