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How To Get Around Locking Lugs

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by O-Dubs, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. Jun 5, 2009 at 10:12 AM
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    O-Dubs

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    I've recently gotten a '96 and its has the toyota locking lugs, its had a couple owners and i am without the key. I called the local dealer and they said i'd have to bring it in to get a key made then about 10 days later they'd have a key for me, its strictly an off road vehicle so no insurance, plates or registration. The parts guy said maybe i could fit a slightly larger socket on the locked one and possibly take it off. Is there any trick or tip somebody could offer?
    o-dubs
     
  2. Jun 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    You could grind some flat spots on them to enable the use of a wrench.
     
  3. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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    Maybe grind a 1/4" straight line into in. That way you could fit a beefy flathead in there. Then figure out how to turn it. Maybe vice grips where the flathead goes in....idk just a thought
     
  4. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    you can hammer a smaller socket over them and then use it to unscrew.
     
  5. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:49 PM
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    i've seen some tire shops just strip it off (of course making the locking lug nut useless at that point), but it comes off
     
  6. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM
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    ^^^sorta what he said but u need 4 sockets a little smaller.beat the sockets on and remove the locks.ive found that u junk the sockets once u beat them on,but it does work.good luck.
     
  7. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    o dubs,where in pa r ya?
     
  8. Jun 5, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    I'd grind a flat spot on two sides and use a reallly big cresent wrench....

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  9. Jun 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM
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    Another thought that would not damage the locknut woud be to put some heat to it and trya and get a visegrips/pipe wrench on it and it should come off pretty easy.
     
  10. Jun 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    thanks for the advice everybody i'm gonna see what i can do i'll keep you all posted, i go back and forth between near philly and the poconos...
     
  11. Jun 5, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    My son had this problem a few weeks ago and used 3/4" sockets hammered onto the lugs to get them off. He got the sockets at Lowes, so they weren't very expensive.
     
  12. Jun 5, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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    wonderful thank you
     
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