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DO YOU NEED A LOCKING WHEEL NUT TO CHANGE A TYRE?

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

If your vehicle is fitted with alloy wheels, then the chances are you will have locking wheel nuts/bolts fitted. If you are looking to change a TYRE, or complete any service work that requires the wheels to be removed, you will need a special locking wheel nut key in order to remove the locking wheel nuts.


Working on a simple principle, each wheel is fitted with one special security nut or bolt. This security nut/bolt acts as an anti-theft device to prevent your wheels from being stolen (the remaining 3 or 4 standard bolts can be removed with a wheel wrench). Each of the 4 x security nuts/bolts (1 x per wheel) shares an identical patterned indent or outer security pattern with the matching ‘Locking Wheel Nut Key’. This special ‘Locking Wheel Nut Key' is the tool required in order to remove the security nuts/bolts. The individual ‘Locking Wheel Nut Key’ is inserted into each of the security nuts/bolts, which can then be turned and removed. Once your vehicle service work is complete. The ‘Locking Wheel Nut Key’ is then used again to re-install and tighten the security nuts/bolts back on the wheels.


How do I get a Replacement Locking Wheel Nut Key?


So you’ve looked everywhere but can’t find your locking wheel nut key! Don’t worry we can supply you with a Replacement Locking Wheel Nut Key. We're APPROVED suppliers of Locking Wheel Nut Keys for the majority of all vehicles and provide Genuine Parts.


Unlike Main Dealers we DO NOT require the security key code.



There are three main types of locking wheel nuts/bolts used on vehicles:


Type 1 | Keyed Head Locking Wheel Nuts/Bolts

Keyed Head Locking Wheel Nut

The majority of locking wheel nuts have a keyed head to the locking wheel nut. The locking wheel nut key shares this same keyed security pattern which slots into the keyed head of the locking wheel nut



Type 2 | Rotating Collar Locking Wheel Nuts/Bolts

Rotating Collar Locking Wheel Nut

This type of locking wheel nut has a rotating collar which is designed to spin around the wheel nut preventing its removal with any other tool other that the correct matching locking wheel nut key



Type 3 | Sheer Head Locking Wheel Bolts

Shear Head Locking Wheel Bolt

Sheer head bolts are found typically on Peugeot and Citroen vehicles. This type of bolt is designed to “sheer-off” if any tool other than the matching locking wheel nut key is used in an attempt to remove it.



We can provide Locking Wheel Nut Keys for most cars and vans - no security code required.


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