How to Remove McGard Wheel Locks

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How to Remove McGard Wheel Locks
Remove your wheel's locks. (Riou/Pixland/Getty Images)

McGard wheel locks help protect you car from thieves looking to steal your wheels or tires. McGard wheel locks are fitted to a specific key that you will need in order to remove your wheel locks if you need to change a tire. If your wheel locks get stuck or are too tight, they can be difficult to remove, but not impossible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Wrench
  • Car jack

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  1. 1

    Lift your car up with your car's jack.

  2. 2

    Put on your gloves and eye protection to protect yourself in the event small pieces of metal come off.

  3. 3

    Tighten all of your wheel locks so they maintain equal amounts of pressure. If one lock is tight and the rest are loose, the one lock will be difficult to remove because it will be supporting the wheel. If you have trouble, loosen the locks opposite the one you are trying to remove.

  4. 4

    Insert your wheel lock key into the lock and turn the key to remove the wheel lock. If your wheel lock is stuck, use a wrench to help you turn the lock key. McGard's website recommends keeping your lock key securely in the lock to avoid damaging the key's form.

Tips and warnings

  • MdGard's website warns against using an impact wrench because of the possibility of damaging your wheel locks.

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