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If you have a wheel lock (wheel nut lock) on your car or truck wheel and do not have a wheel lock key, use this guide to remove the wheel lock.

A wheel lock is used to fasten the wheel on your vehicle, as a regular wheel nut would, but uses a part-specific key to unlock it. It is common to lose a wheel lock key. The wheel lock key can be removed manually.

Before beginning, make sure your vehicle is on a flat surface and all wheels are level. Make sure to have your emergency brake (parking brake) on as well.

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  1. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key, Wheel Lock: step 1, image 1 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key, Wheel Lock: step 1, image 2 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key, Wheel Lock: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Clean the wheel lock to make sure there is no debris on the surface of the lock.

  2. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 2, image 1 of 2 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Find a 12-point socket that barely fits over the wheel lock.

    • The socket should not be loose enough to revolve around the wheel lock.

  3. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Hold the socket in place.

    • Use a hammer to hit the socket until it is tight around the lock.

    • Gloves are recommended to prevent hand injury.

  4. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 4, image 1 of 2 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the socket using the socket wrench.

    • Turn left to loosen. If you cannot turn the wrench easily, get a longer wrench for more torque.

  5. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 5, image 1 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 5, image 2 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Now that the wheel lock is off, it will be stuck to the socket.

    • Insert the screwdriver into the square-opening on top of the socket.

    • Hit the top of the screwdriver with the hammer a few times until the lock falls out of the socket.

  6. How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 6, image 1 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 6, image 2 of 3 How to Remove a Wheel Lock Without a Key: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grab a regular wheel nut.

    • Screw on the wheel nut by hand.

    • Use the tire iron to tighten the wheel nut.

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