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    Default Lock nut but no key

    Can tire shops get off wheels with lock nuts without the key? My friend bought a car and wants to put on her winter tires but they didn't give her the key to her lock nuts.

    Can Tirecraft help her out?
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    Yep. When my key broke with my McGard lock-nuts, I went to Kal-Tire, and they used an air chisel to get the old ones off. You'll need to buy new lock nuts, if you want them, and then you're good to go.

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    Any tire ship can do it. In fact, if you pound the right sized socket and force it on, you can probably get it off that way too.
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    some dealers should have master key sets for their line of wheel locks, and mcguard... if not, there is a tool from snap on that is basicaly just a taperd socket that you hammer on to the lock nut, and remove it with out damaging the stud
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    Yup, It happened to me. I went to Kal tire near the radisson hotel. I had Mcguard locks on alloy wheels, they got them off in like 10 min. replaced the locks with regular nuts, and also checked my air press, all for Free!!

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    Isn't Sears selling those "rusted-nut-remover" tools with the spiral teeth? You're supposed to fit 'em on the end of a bad nut or bolt, and they bite into it, and you can just torque 'em off with a wrench. (Tho I dunno how wide the tool is, it might not fit down the lugnut hole.)
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    I dont knwo if u mean those crasftsmen thingys but if you do they probbaly wont fit the locknut I havea set downstairs and they seem to small, the mastercraft ones dont even work.

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    The old "bigger-sized-socket-with-a-rag-in-it" trick works, too.

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    hey do you know what the lock nut looks like? i have a couple that you can try.

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