There are often times when you buy a used vehicle and that the vehicle had wheel locks but the previous owner of the vehicle forgot about giving them to you. Often times, changing wheels frequently results in a stripped key and the only way to remove it is by hammering. In either way, you will have to get rid of the wheel locks in order to remove the wheels. Some automobile companies also make a unique set of sockets to remove these wheel locks.
Whether your vehicle has factory or aftermarket alloy wheels, most of them comes pre-installed with locking bolts or nuts. So, these bolts come with a unique pattern in which a usual or common socket won’t even fit. They come with a special key that can be fitted in that socket and then the vehicle owner can easily remove the wheel locks.
Moreover, these keys are made of some kind of a soft material that wears quicker than the bolts over time. Another problem with these keys is that they sometimes get lost and it’s a huge pain to have them replaced. These wheel locks aren’t completely unnecessary because they keep your wheels safe from thieves and criminals. However, thieves are getting smarter every single day and it will probably take them a little over 30 seconds to break these locks and steal your wheels.
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There was a time when I took my car to an auto repair shop to get wheels replaced and the owner of that auto repair told me that my key is stripped and they require my permission to go ahead and remove the bolts by hammering or striking. I didn’t had any other option but to proceed. So, after that incident, I installed bolts without any key locks.
How To Replace or Remove Wheel Locks
If you’d like to replace or remove wheel locks because you lost your key or simply you want to get rid of them, then stay reading the article to find out how. No, you won’t have to purchase special socket made for your key. You can perform the below given steps with just a usual socket.
- First, get yourself a set of sockets.
- Find the one that barely fits into the key and place it in the appropriate position.
- After that, grab a hammer and hammer it down.
- Take the breaker bar and place it in the position and move it counter-clockwise.
- Do this for a while and you will have your key removed.
There’s a famous youtuber named, “Eric The Car Guy” that did these steps and if you would like you can checkout his video right below! Also, please don’t use this technique to steal wheels. This can only be used in emergency conditions.