How to remove locking wheel nuts without the key?

15 March 2019 / Lindleys Autocentres

Locking wheel nuts are designed to protect your alloy wheels from being easily accessible to thieves. Each set of locking wheel nuts has a unique indent with a key that matches up with the pattern. The only time the wheel lug nuts can be removed is when the key with the correct pattern is inserted.

As you know, it is important to keep track of where your locking wheel nut key is located, especially when it is time to change your tyres. However, in the event of losing the key, there is a way to remove the locking lug nut.

Nowadays, there are services available that work around your schedule. With the mobile locking wheel nut removal service, tyre experts will come to you with the correct removal tools so that your tyres can be removed and replaced. Not only is this convenient for you, but it also keeps your mind at ease knowing there is a professional at hand.

With that said, before you result in outsourced help, it may be useful to double check whether you still have access to your wheel nut key. Some places where you could have misplaced your key are:

  • Car door map pocket

  • Cup holders

  • Glove box

  • Under the car seat

  • In the boot (or inside the different compartments of the boot)


Now, if you have completely lost the key, you may need to consider looking into purchasing a new set from your vehicle manufacturer.

If and when you do decide to purchase a replacement set of locking wheel nut keys, be sure to keep the key hidden inside your vehicle out of sight as long as you know where you can find it. This way, when you are on your travels and need to replace a tyre with a spare one, you know the key is somewhere safe inside of your vehicle.

Are wheel locks effective?

In short, yes they are. A lot of thieves look for vulnerable areas on a vehicle, and to them, high-end tyres, wheels and rims are worth the risk. Working in groups, when wheels are so accessible all they need to do is jack your car in the air and take your wheels off within minutes.

With locking wheel nuts, you are essentially putting up an additional barrier that makes the whole removal process more difficult than desired.  There are extra precautions you can take into consideration to help aid in the prevention of theft. Having your wheels turned in when parked makes it harder for the thieves to remove your wheels. And if you haven’t got a garage or a driveway, try to park up in areas that are in sight of CCTV cameras or where there is a lot of traffic.


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