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

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.


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.



Where can I find my Locking Wheel Nut Key?


Common places that your locking wheel nut key 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 nut keys 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 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 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 Key


Go to our 'Checkout/Shop Page' page to purchase your 'Locking Wheel Nut Key'. 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 KEY' LOOK LIKE? Locking wheel nut keys 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 key 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/Bolt Key on the left and the security wheel nut on the right.


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


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


Yes, we can help if you have broken or lost your locking wheel nut key. We are the one-stop shop for ‘Locking Wheel Nut Keys’ 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 Nut Keys for most vehicle Manufacturers as follows - if your vehicle isn't listed please get in touch:-

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