Wheel locks are locking lug nuts on each wheel that contain theft-deterring sockets. They are just like standard lug nuts but require a wheel lock key to be removed. Each set of wheel locks has its own key.
Wheel lock keys are unique sockets that match the pattern on your wheel locks. Your tire, rim, and wheel cannot be easily removed without the wheel lock key. These locks are used to deter criminals from stealing your wheels only- not your car.
What Happens If You Lose Your Wheel Lock Key?
A dealer or manufacturer can replace the key if you have the code to your wheel lock key. Sometimes, you can order a replacement online if you have the brand, make, or model of your wheel locks. If all else fails, you will have to pay a professional to have your wheel locks removed.
Some wheel locks can be removed without a key. By using special sockets that dig into the metal grip on the outside of the wheel lock, they then can be twisted off. This will cause damage to the wheel locks and they cannot be reused.
Are Wheel Locks Necessary?
For most drivers wheel locks can be a hassle. Misplaced wheel lock keys can make it impossible to change a flat tire in the case of an emergency. If you have custom or specialty rims, wheel locks can provide an extra measure of protection.
If you choose to install wheel locks on your vehicle, make sure to keep the key easily accessible at all times. Any service on your tires or wheels at a repair shop cannot be completed without the wheel lock key.
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