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corroded key locking lug nuts

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26 Jan 2020 22:53 #21111 by whale driver
My new acquisition has one corroded key locking lug nut on each wheel, that I don't have the key for. As a result, I am hesitant to drive the car with the possibility of getting a flat and no way to remove the wheel. Anyone had this situation? How did you resolve it?

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27 Jan 2020 07:58 #21112 by Trainer
Its quite simple Get a heavy hammer and a sharp chisel and start chopping away. It will take a little time but that's just what you have to do

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28 Jan 2020 22:45 #21114 by whale driver
Isn't the lock hardened steel? How is the lock designed to be unlocked with a Key? Could a locksmith open it or could you just slip on a 3/4 socket, override it with a long breaker bar and unscrew it?

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29 Jan 2020 08:11 #21115 by Trainer
That has been tried but it will not work. The manufacturers of wheel lock nuts are not idiots. Their product is designed to make it very difficult to pull so get busy and start hammering away. It will make you work up a proper sweat in an hour or so.

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28 Feb 2020 14:41 #21141 by whale driver
Trainer,
Thanks for the suggestion. Couldn't figure out how to hammer away without damaging the expensive wheel hub. So checked with my local 928 specialist and he removed them easily by drilling the center out. Cost with replacement regular lug was $5 per wheel.

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