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Old 08-14-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

I had the tires replaced a couple months ago. I was going to rotate them while doing my oil change today, but it appears that the monkeys at Goodyear stripped the bolt. The key works on the other 3 locks, but it slips out on this one. I've heard of the socket technique, but I don't think that would work on these since these are keyed on the inside, not the outside. Any ideas on how to get the nut off?

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Old 08-15-2016, 01:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

Even if the outside of the head is totally round, an Irwin Bolt-Grip extractor socket MIGHT budge it. Worked for me with kick stand on my bike. The bolt had an allen hole on the inside that was rounding off. Outside was machined round. I found just the right size extractor socket, pounded it on, put a bigeffin' breaker on it (IIRC I had to hold the frame in a vise), and got it to turn. All depends on whether there's an extractor that will fit tight over the OD of that head. And whether it'll fit into the wheel.

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Old 08-15-2016, 03:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

Imho, I'd have the monkeys File a claim to get it professionally fixed, on their tab. That is if you can prove they were the last ones to fiddle with it.

At my work, if a lug is started to bloat or get rounded, we replace it with factory or close to.

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Old 08-15-2016, 11:00 AM   #4
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I already tried taking it back to them. They insist that it's been serviced elsewhere since I had my tires replaced. I do all of my own maintenance in my driveway and the last time the wheels came off was when they replaced the tires.

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Old 08-15-2016, 11:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

POund a socket on there and give it a try...

Hit the edges of the lug with a grinder to rough it up, then JB WELD EPOXY, then the old 1/2" drive socket and a 3 # sledge.. wait a day, then try to torque off.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:07 PM   #6
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I already tried taking it back to them. They insist that it's been serviced elsewhere since I had my tires replaced. I do all of my own maintenance in my driveway and the last time the wheels came off was when they replaced the tires.
Oh man. I feel so bad for you right about now. Too bad they couldn't prove what they insist. Then again, I'm not nice when it comes to others breaking my stuff!

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Old 08-15-2016, 08:16 PM   #7
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

If you are certain but cannot get Goodyear to admit to damaging the wheel lock, move on. Talking to the manager in a calm manner and relating how you bought tires from them and haven't removed the wheels until now may give them some idea of how a wheel lock became damaged. Some tire jockeys may overuse air impact tools and may also use them with wheel locks. Wheel locks are not designed for impact tools. If you have a conversation with the manager, he/she may try to help but don't expect it if time passed from tire replacement.

Try Googling 'how to remove theft proof wheel nuts' and see what's suggested.

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Old 08-15-2016, 08:39 PM   #8
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

i can't tell if the stud is sticking through the center, of what kind of material its made of, but i'd think about taking a 1/2 nut, and welding it to what's there.

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Old 08-15-2016, 09:45 PM   #9
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

well at my place I'd drill thru the middle of it with a small drill... Like 1/8" and then step it up and up and up until it broke off.

I'm liking the jb weld and a tight fitting socket idea too but never tried it

oh, and never go back to that shop

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Old 08-15-2016, 10:01 PM   #10
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

I don't think the drilling would work since the middle has the stud exposed. I might try the JB weld and a tight fitting socket on my next day off, although I'm skeptical that it would work due to the fact that the outside is round. I've had the idea of gripping the wall of the nut with a pair of vise grips and hoping the handle is long enough for me to get enough torque to spin the nut, although that could very possibly just tear the wall of the nut.

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While the picture is tinted, the stud and theft deterrent wheel nut appears clear. If possible, consider Madpogue's idea, using an Irwin Bolt-Grip extractor socket. Examples next to edited image.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:49 PM   #12
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Default Re: Thoughts on how to remove this locking lug nut?

when a car comes in with no key, I (with customers approval) hammer on a 12 point socket. works every time. typically ruins the locking lug nut and you'll need a vice, hammer and a punch to get the lug nut out of the socket, but it really is the fastest way.

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