How to Remove Wheel Lock Without a Key

Written by russell wood
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Several cars on the market today come equipped with a wheel lock from the factory, which is designed to keep your wheels from being stolen. But if you can't remove your own wheels because you don't have the factory key, then you need to get creative to remove the wheel lock. This is going to destroy the lock and the socket used to remove it, but at least you'll be able to remove the wheel.

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Things you need

  • Crazy glue
  • 1/2-inch socket set
  • 2.27kg sledge hammer
  • 1/2-inch breaker bar
  • Replacement wheel lock set with key

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  1. 1

    Place a socket over the wheel lock using your hands and try to find a size that is just shy of fitting on the wheel lock. You're going to force the socket on, so you want to make sure it will be a tight fit. This is also going to ruin the socket, so use an inexpensive socket or one your toolbox won't miss.

  2. 2

    Apply crazy glue inside of the socket and place the socket on top of the wheel lock. Use the 2.27kg sledgehammer on the socket to hammer it in place. You want it to go tightly over the wheel lock, so make sure it's very tight. Allow the glue to set for 10 to 20 minutes.

  3. 3

    Place the 1/2-inch breaker bar on the socket and turn it counterclockwise to break the wheel lock free. Once it's off, remove the assembly and place to the side.

  4. 4

    Install a replacement wheel lock using the wheel lock key included with the kit and the 1/2-inch breaker bar.

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