How to Lubricate Car Wheel Nuts

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How to Lubricate Car Wheel Nuts
Lubricate wheel nuts well to ensure they are easily removed. (tire image by Orlando Florin Rosu from

Wheel nuts are designed to increase the security of wheels. Unlike lug nuts, wheel nuts lock and need to be loosened or tightened using a specialised key. Wheel nuts can become rusty or stuck over time due to wear and tear or corrosion. Lubricate them properly to ensure they can be removed if the tire needs to be replaced or repaired.

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Things you need

  • Rag
  • Water
  • WD-40 with nozzle

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  1. 1

    Clean the car wheel nuts using a rag and water. Removing stuck-on dirt and debris ensures the nut is clean for proper lubrication.

  2. 2

    Insert the nozzle on the can of WD-40. The nozzle snaps into place on the top of the can.

  3. 3

    Spray the wheel nuts using the WD-40. If the wheel nuts are stuck due to rust, spray the wheel nuts generously. Wipe off any excess WD-40.

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