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    I lost my locking lug nut socket key and Idk how to get my wheel off. Anyone got any ideas or tricks

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    well you can try and find the same style of key. I have also seen people weld another nut on that nut and then remove it that way.

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    Beat an old 1/2-drive- 12 point socket onto it that's around the same size..

    Try not to hit the wheel..

    Then try to remove it by hand with a 1/2 drive breaker bar..

    If that does'nt do it, the welding thing will work too..

    All that aside,, You can also purchase a larger "easy out" and pound it into the end of the lock where the threads stick out and try to remove it that way too..

    Another way would be to drill the stud out and use a punch to break the lock out..

    Then you'll need new studs too, since you'll be @ the auto parts buying lug nuts anywho..
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hobbs-ws6 View Post
    I lost my locking lug nut socket key and Idk how to get my wheel off. Anyone got any ideas or tricks
    lost my key once, could not find replacement, had to use hardened steel impact socket, and pound it onto said lugs, the impact socket was able to shave the softer metal and create a firm bite on keyed lug, to separate impact socket from trashed lug i used my vise. and never went back to locking lugs, this i did on my BMW not my SS. good luck.

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    Had the same prob once.. the shop didn't give it back and I didn't notice it until a couple days later....

    Thankfully I found my card that had the key number on it so I could order a new one.. do you have yours?
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    No I don't have a card but ill try all the ideas when the time comes thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Beat an old 1/2-drive- 12 point socket onto it that's around the same size..
    Quote Originally Posted by sunset02ss View Post
    lost my key once, could not find replacement, had to use hardened steel impact socket, and pound it onto said lugs, the impact socket was able to shave the softer metal and create a firm bite on keyed lug, to separate impact socket from trashed lug i used my vise. and never went back to locking lugs, this i did on my BMW not my SS. good luck.
    +1 and +2. These methods work.

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    Had the same problem, called around and found a tire dealer with the tools to remove the locks, charged $5 a lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Beat an old 1/2-drive- 12 point socket onto it that's around the same size..

    Try not to hit the wheel..

    Then try to remove it by hand with a 1/2 drive breaker bar..

    If that does'nt do it, the welding thing will work too..

    All that aside,, You can also purchase a larger "easy out" and pound it into the end of the lock where the threads stick out and try to remove it that way too..

    Another way would be to drill the stud out and use a punch to break the lock out..

    Then you'll need new studs too, since you'll be @ the auto parts buying lug nuts anywho..
    Quote Originally Posted by sunset02ss View Post
    lost my key once, could not find replacement, had to use hardened steel impact socket, and pound it onto said lugs, the impact socket was able to shave the softer metal and create a firm bite on keyed lug, to separate impact socket from trashed lug i used my vise. and never went back to locking lugs, this i did on my BMW not my SS. good luck.
    I had to do this for my CTS-V

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrc54 View Post
    Had the same problem, called around and found a tire dealer with the tools to remove the locks, charged $5 a lock.
    My suggestion exactly. I had the same problem as well. My local tire shop did it for $15 overall.

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    I've beat a socket over it and was able to remove it easily that way

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    Since my idea was already mentioned, I'll try and contribute.

    If you elect to keep them/ get new ones, the locking nut, IIRC, is supposed to be the first one taken off and the last put on. I guess it's suppose to prolong the life of them.

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    Maybe try one of those universal sockets

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    yeah i beat a socket on get it off now before your stuck someplace undesireable!

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    Smittro beat me to it.

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    bolt removal kit.. all autoparts stores have them. cheap, easy as 1, 2, 3

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