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Locking Wheel Nut | What is a Locking Wheel Nut? And Why Do I Need One | Step by Step Guide Online

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’. This special ‘Locking Wheel Nut' is the tool required in order to remove the security nuts/bolts. The individual ‘Locking Wheel Nut’ 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’ is then used again to re-install and tighten the security nuts/bolts back on the wheels.


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


Type 1 | Keyed Head Security 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 Security Wheel Nuts/Bolts

Rotating Collar Locking Wheel Nut

This type of secruity 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 Security 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.



Where can I find my Locking Wheel Nut?


Common places that your locking wheel nut may be stored are as follows:-

  • In or under the boot

  • Under the driver or passenger seat

  • Door card pockets

  • Glove-box or centre storage console

Many locking wheel nuts are stored in a small plastic box with the spare wheel nuts, whilst others are supplied on their own in a small fabric or plastic bag.


How do I get a Replacement Locking Wheel Nut?


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. We cover most vehicles including cars and vans. Follow our simple step-by-step process below. Unlike Main Dealers we do NOT require the security key code.


Step 1: Purchase your new Locking Wheel Nut


Go to our 'Checkout/Shop Page' page to purchase your 'Locking Wheel Nut'. If you have a 'Security Key Code' you can enter it there. If you don't have a 'Security Key Code' follow 'STEP’S 2 & 3 below


Step 2: Provide an image of one of your Security wheel nuts/bolts


Take an image of one of your Security Nuts/Bolts on the wheel with your mobile phone. Take the image close-up and face-on, so that we can see the Security Pattern clearly (example image on the 'FAQ PAGE'


Step 3: Provide proof that you are the ‘Keeper/or Owner of the vehicle


If you do NOT have a security key code; please take an image of your 'Proof of Keeper or Driver' Document and 'ID'. For a list of acceptable documents, please refer to the 'FAQ PAGE'


WHAT DOES A 'LOCKING WHEEL NUT' LOOK LIKE? Locking wheel nuts come in various designs, but look similar in exterior design. They're often made from Steel and Cylindrical in shape - most are approx. 4 cm's long and 2 1/2 cm wide. One end of the nut is hexagonal in shape (six-sided) and

Locking Wheel Nut Key and Security Nut

is designed to fit into the wheel wrench, the other end is hollow with a patterned insert which is designed to engage/grip the security wheel nut for removal. The image shows the Locking Wheel Nut on the left and the security wheel nut on the right.


Don't worry, if you can't find your locking wheel nut, we can supply most vehicles locking wheel nuts - We don't require the unique security code either. Simply follow our '3 Step Process' and purchase your locking wheel nut now 'Checkout/Shop Page'


I’ve lost my Locking Wheel Nut! Can you help?


Yes, we can help if you have broken or lost your locking wheel nut. We are the one-stop shop for ‘Locking Wheel Nuts’ and unlike Main Dealers we do NOT require the Security Key Code. 'Follow our Simple Step-By-Step Guide' below.


We can provide Locking Wheel Nuts for most vehicle Manufacturers as follows - if your vehicle isn't listed please get in touch:-

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