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tlynn721 07-23-2013 02:35 PM

Something I learned the hard way
 
I bought my Jeep at a used car dealer back in February. I know enough about cars to get by but some things you just don't know until you know.

While driving last Sunday on my way to a triathlon my rear passenger tire went flat. I was a flew blocks from the race in Manhattan so I parked, hopped in a cab and went to the race. When I got back to the Jeep I had some friends trying to help me change to the spare.

Then came the question that launched 1,000 F-bombs; "Where is the key for the lock nuts?" We searched the Jeep high and low but no luck...they never provided it. When I called the dealer he suggested I bring it in so they could look at it. I asked him how I would drive it 40 miles with a flat. he said to me, "you bought it. I don't know what to tell you."

I filled it with Fix-A-Flat and took it to a tire repair shop the next day where they had to snap off the lock nut on the flat tire and loosened the one on the spare tire. I should probably get new ones.

The moral of the story is: if you're buying a used Jeep make sure you get the wrench/key for the lock nuts.

TheBestCoast 07-23-2013 02:41 PM

mine are tucked and stored under the passenger seat in small factory provided black cases. more than a ziploc bag, less than a plastic case. but that sucks man.

Owen_TJ 07-23-2013 02:55 PM

I got rid of mine and put on standard lug nuts...

Lock nuts just provide a false sense of security since all you need is a slightly smaller socket which you can hit over the lug with a hammer and voila...new rims for whoever!

MarkGLHS 07-23-2013 03:31 PM

^bingo. I threw my factory (dealer installed) lock nuts into the garbage and installed standard ones.

2footin 07-23-2013 03:43 PM

lock nuts usually are worthwhile for the spare otherwise its likely to find a new home


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