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Unread 01-20-2003, 09:11 PM   #1
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spare tire lock. how to remove without key!

here is my problem, by the way, this is my first post so bare with me. the key lock for my spare tire is stripped out. is there a universal key i can get some where? i took it to the jeep dealer and they told me they could cut it off, but it would cost me $100! has anyone been in this situation? and of so, what did you do?

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Unread 01-20-2003, 09:17 PM   #2
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Go to a tire shop. They can get it off for you, or you can pound a socket onto the lock and use that. You probably won't be able to use the socke again. Also you could try a cut off wheell.
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Unread 01-20-2003, 09:22 PM   #3
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Sometimes you can get lucky, losen the other two nuts and then try and loosen the lock with a pair of vise grips. To increase your chances you could grind two flats on opp. sides and try the vise grips or crescent with a cheater bar.

But any good tire place should be able to do it for a resonable fee.
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Unread 01-20-2003, 09:40 PM   #4
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I had this problem when I got my jeep, a cheap 12 point socket that was hammered on with a BFH and it came right off - notice -
cheap probably won't be able to get it off after.
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Unread 01-21-2003, 12:44 PM   #5
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or get a angle grinder, and grind away a slice of it.... then you can use any crowbar and turn it right off.... used to work in a tire shop that was one way we would do it

A tire shop BTW will charge about 10.00 to do it... try discount tire or sears.....
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