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Locking Wheel Nut Removal - Removing Tight Wheel Nuts

How to Install and Remove Wheel Nuts/Locks and Bolts - This Article also Explains 'How to Remove Tight/Fast Over-Tightened Wheel Nuts/Locks and Bolts'

This information is given in order to assist with the removal and installation of locking wheel nuts; will not be responsible for any damage whether it be to person or vehicle by following these guidance notes/tips.

How to install and remove wheel nuts/locks - this article also explains 'how you can remove tight/fast over-tightened locking wheel nuts/locks and bolts'

Installing Locking Wheel Nuts

1. Remove one original wheel nut or wheel bolt from each wheel of your vehicle. When replacing a wheel later, remove the Locking Wheel Nut first and install it last.


IMPORTANT – Before installing the locking wheel nut, please always check that the wheel lock nut has the same thread, seat, and shaft/overall length as the original nut/bolt! 

2. Install each locking wheel nut/lock by hand on each wheel. Do Not Use an Impact Wrench when tightening the wheel nuts. Make sure that the key pattern is firmly and securely engaged into the wheel nut lock pattern. Using the provided key and a torque wrench, tighten each wheel nut lock with the torque specified in your vehicle's manual. Apply axial pressure on the torque wrench in the direction of the locking wheel nut to prevent the provided wheel nut key from slipping or jamming. Turn the wheel by hand to check whether it rotates freely and without impediment. Verify that the minimum thread engagement into the hub assembly is 5,5 revolutions of the fasteners. Certain wheel nut locks/bolts are a 2-piece design. If the locking wheel nut has a floating seat washer/rotating collar ensure that this is attached to the lock nut/bolt before installing.


We do not recommend the use of oil, grease or lubricants on threads.


3. Turn the wheel by hand to check whether it rotates freely and without impediment.


IMPORTANT Do not use an impact wrench: this can damage the locking wheel nut, key, and your vehicle. After the first thirty miles, please check again that the locking wheel nut sits properly, and if necessary re-tighten it with a torque wrench. So that you can access your locking wheel nut key in the event of a wheel/Tyre change, we recommend that you keep your locking wheel nut key, the original nuts/bolts for your vehicle, and the installation instructions in a secure place.


Removing tight locking wheel nuts/bolts


CAUTION You are recommended to wear protective gloves and goggles when removing tight wheel nut locks!- Firstly, tighten all the standard hex bolts on the wheel with the over-tightened locking wheel nut to reduce the pressure on the the actual locking wheel nut. When tightening the standard bolt fasteners, make sure that you do not damage the thread. 

NOTE: Contrary to the instructions for installing the locking wheel nut, an impact wrench is a suitable tool for removing wheel nuts that are too tight. When the first attempt fails to loosen the wheel nut, try again. The impact wrench must exert an adequate torque.

Remove the locking wheel nut with the locking wheel nut key. Use a suitable loosening tool, e.g. an impact wrench, spider spanner, or ratchet. When loosening, you must always use the loosening tool to exert pressure on the locking wheel nut and locking wheel nut key's longitudinal axis. This ensures that the locking wheel nut key engages exactly in the coding and does not slip or twist out. 


​Make sure that the loosening tool you use is not applied obliquely (at an angle). Oblique applications can cause the locking wheel nut key or coding’s to deform or fracture. 

When the loosening procedure described above fails, please loosen (on four hole rims) the standard fastener/bolt opposite the locking wheel nut. On five hole rims, loosen the two standard fasteners/bolts opposite the locking wheel nut. After loosening, repeat the procedure described under (2). 

After loosening the locking wheel nut, remove all wheel nuts/bolts, and install the new wheel. Install the locking wheel nut lock in accordance with the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

TIP - Lifting up the car on a car lift/jack during the following action can be beneficial


Further Tips/Advice on Wheel Nut Removal Techniques

In order to reduce stress and flatten dings and dents of the locking wheel nut head, please take a drift punch or bar and hammer on the locking wheel nut head in axial direction.


With this action you will can get a better and deeper engagement of the locking wheel nut key.


When undoing the locking wheel nuts, please fix the wheel nut key wrench in axial direction/towards the locking wheel nut by hand in order to avoid or minimize any tipping / side load.

www.LockingWheelNutKeys™ cannot take any responsibility for injuries/damages however incurred. If in doubt please consult a professional tyre/wheel remover in order to perform the above procedures.

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