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Old 01-25-2005, 12:01 AM   #1
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I had class all day so I had planned on getting my tires swapped out tomorrow because my current tires are getting pretty bald. Well, on my way home (about a mile from my house) I blew my rear right tire. Problem is theres a wheel lock and I lost the key. I made my way home slowly and parked it. Obviously I can't drive the truck to the tire shop, and I'd rather not tow it there. So how can I get the lock off? I don't mind if I damage the lock or the wheel stud in trying to get the tire off. Any ideas?
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I had class all day so I had planned on getting my tires swapped out tomorrow because my current tires are getting pretty bald. Well, on my way home (about a mile from my house) I blew my rear right tire. Problem is theres a wheel lock and I lost the key. I made my way home slowly and parked it. Obviously I can't drive the truck to the tire shop, and I'd rather not tow it there. So how can I get the lock off? I don't mind if I damage the lock or the wheel stud in trying to get the tire off. Any ideas?
Find a impact socket that is slighly smaller than the lug and pound it on . take a breaker bar or ratchet and remove the lug.
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If that doesnt work, try using a chisel and split it. this can be really hard to do so maybe try anything else first. and use safety glasses
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:25 AM   #4
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Find a impact socket that is slighly smaller than the lug and pound it on . take a breaker bar or ratchet and remove the lug.
Thanks for the fast reply, I'll try it tomorrow.

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they make a thing thats kinda like an easy out, but opposite, u hammer it onto the nut and it has spiral type things on the inside, that grip and u use just an impact or breaker bar to get it off. kinda hard to explain but theres a tool just for those.
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yeah, i know about that tool. I just don't know if they can be easily found or do only tire shops get them? if the other methods dont work i'll look into that tool.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:55 AM   #7
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Sears has large sockets made for removing worn/stripped nuts and bolts. They'll work for your purpose too, tap one on thats roughly the same size as your wheel lock.

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I had class all day so I had planned on getting my tires swapped out tomorrow because my current tires are getting pretty bald. Well, on my way home (about a mile from my house) I blew my rear right tire. Problem is theres a wheel lock and I lost the key. I made my way home slowly and parked it. Obviously I can't drive the truck to the tire shop, and I'd rather not tow it there. So how can I get the lock off? I don't mind if I damage the lock or the wheel stud in trying to get the tire off. Any ideas?

This topic has been addressed before:
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum...ght=wheel+lock

Option1)
1/2 Drive, 12pt 19mm deep socket should work- Craftsman w/lifetime warranty will work since you will fracture the socket. W/ BFH- get the socket to fit over the wheel lock-
I have been able to removal all 4 wheel locks w/ the same socket before I swapped it out for a new one.

Option2)
Craftsman sells a lug nut removal tool
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00952165000
I think they also have a 3pc set for less
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thanks for that link grillmasterp, very helpful.
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