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Old 07-11-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default lost wheel lock key...what to do?

Okay, I've lost the key for my wheel locks. I'm the second owner, so I'm not sure where the wheel locks were purchased, or who the manufacturer is. Any suggestions for getting the locks off? I don't care if i ruin them in the process, since i'll have to get new ones anyway. But, i'd like to go out and get them off so i can rotate my tires.
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Old 07-11-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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do you have a gator wrench?
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Old 07-11-2004, 05:25 PM   #3
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large vise grips or you can hammer a socket onto it.. it would ruin the socket as well as the wheel lock but it will get it off.
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Old 07-11-2004, 05:57 PM   #4
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Snap-On, Mac, etc. have special tools just for this purpose. A good tire shop, repair shop, or even a body shop should have them and be able to help you out.
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Old 07-11-2004, 08:44 PM   #5
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any tire shop should be able to do it... it only gets tricky if there is not enough room around the lug to use a normal socket...

there is a tool (basically a socket) that you hammer over the lock, then zip the thing off... takes almost no time to do...
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cool! thanks for the info.
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Old 07-11-2004, 10:58 PM   #7
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If they are Subaru wheel locks, your dealer should have a master key for it. If not try any of the above suggestions,

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Old 07-12-2004, 12:58 AM   #8
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Default tire shops can do it

They usually have a tool that crimps onto lug nuts so long as they are not hollow. It probably ruins the nut. They might ask that you buy a new set of locks from them for their trouble though.

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Old 07-12-2004, 01:38 AM   #9
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Old 07-12-2004, 05:47 AM   #10
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i had the unfortunate honor of having this problem too

when i took it to a tire shop, they said that they couldnt guarantee or warned me to start with that there would be scratches to the rims ... i was cringing at the prospect - luckily there were alternatives
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