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Unread 06-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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Lost wheel lock key

I lost the wheel lock key for my nuts, I have a habit of leaving it on the last wheel I torque and it's found it's way off somewhere, never to be found. FFS. Fortunately I have my JK steelies on and the nuts stick out far enough I think I can remove them with a pipe wrench, so I dodged a bullet there. I'm wondering if it's possible to get a replacement key somewhere (I actually have the 5th nut that was for the spare, came of a JK) or am I better off to just toss them and get a complete new set? They were McGards. Again, not looking for how to get the nuts off, just wondering if it's worth the headaches to find a key to fit the nuts I have.

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Unread 06-15-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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Get a new set if Mcgard won't replace it for you.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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BTW, did you register the locks with Mcgard? or do you have the card? if so...they should replace the key for you
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Unread 06-15-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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There's usually a code on the packaging when you get them. it allows you to reorder a lost key.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #5
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Unfortunately I got the wheels and nuts used, and no such info came with them. I'll call Mcgard on Monday and see if the can set me up, otherwise they'll all be going in the bin.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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Just double check if anything is written on the side of them as well. Don't think there would be, but worth a look.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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Ditch them. They do nothing for security, all they do is make life hard for you if you lose the key. Doubly so if you offroad, you don't want to be the guy with wheels locks, a flat tire and no key.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 06:13 AM   #8
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There's nothing written on the nuts themselves but I remember mcgard was written on the key. I'm definitely ditching them. If this had happened on the trail with a flat or if I'd had my alloys on I'd be screwed. Paint your keys bright orange or something...
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Unread 06-16-2013, 07:22 AM   #9
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Wheel locks suck. As a mechanic I can't tell you how many times I go to do a tire rotation or an inspection and the owner can't find the key. Which means I have to spend time digging through the master sets that we have to find the right one. Ditch the locks.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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Impatience got the best of me, and the lock nuts are no more. The sneaky buggers put a steel sleeve around the outside of them though so my pipe wrench idea didn't work. The socket wouldn't pound on either. I used a chisel to take the sleeve off (came pretty easy, it was soft) and pounded on my power fist 21mm socket... and off they came! I replaced them with regular nuts. There's no way this technique would have worked with alloys on there I don't think. That separate sleeve is a real bugger, but does it's job!
Thanks everyone for the tips and advice.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 06:53 PM   #11
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Does McGuard have the sleeve too? I thought that was just Gorillas?

They do deter the smash and grab thief but can be a pita if you lose the key. On another forum I frequent one of the members suggests hiding the key in the car and ordering a second, drill a hole in it, then keep it on your keychain.


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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:27 AM   #12
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Yep some of the McGards have the sleeves, and definitely make it more time consuming to defeat them, also with higher risk of damaging the wheels you're trying to gank. Errr, I mean change. If I have locks in the future, I will definitely go to lengths to prevent this happening again. Order extra key, paint keys bright orange or green (so I notice that I left them on the wheel before driving away ) and the drilling the spare for a keychain is a great idea too.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 07:26 AM   #13
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That's good to know - thanks. I am currently looking for a set for a Liberty.
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