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      11-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Lock nut socket shredded...

So...I was doing my winter changeover last night and ended up destroying my wheel lock key.

Not sure how much damage I did to the stud, but I'm hoping that if I get a new key, I should be ok.

Any idea how much dealers charge for a new key? (would they even give me one?)

I know I can call myself, but I'm at work at the moment, so if anyone has any tips, please let me know. Thx!
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So...I was doing my winter changeover last night and ended up destroying my wheel lock key.

Not sure how much damage I did to the stud, but I'm hoping that if I get a new key, I should be ok.

Any idea how much dealers charge for a new key? (would they even give me one?)

I know I can call myself, but I'm at work at the moment, so if anyone has any tips, please let me know. Thx!
Dealer/manufacturer. ANOTHER reason to avoid these things. I havent used those for 20 years and have never had anything stolen. Thats why we have insurance.
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never use the oem wheel locks. then again, they don't work when you're using 20mm spacers
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thx for the replies. I think I'll skip the lock nuts from now on. I don't really see where my wheels could get stolen.

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A new set (4 with key) was around 47. Found out I was missing one when I was changing over.

Decided to get a full set right away than wait for the dealership re-order the nut and key.

They can order you one as long as you have the code #.
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i have a spare one
but dont know if the lock codes match
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depending on which lock system you have, if by any chance you have " this kind " if you look at the top of the lock there should be number stamped into it . Something like 23....34.....41 right in the middle of the lock, and that would be your lock number, with this you can go to the dealer anywhere, and ask for a lock with that particular number. If I'm not mistaken they are about $10 or close to it.
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thx for the tips. called the dealer with the number on the key. cost is $14 and should be in by tomorrow
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thx for the tips. called the dealer with the number on the key. cost is $14 and should be in by tomorrow
So if you have a flat you have to wait for a day or more to change it? If you are a criminal you just have to check which key is required? Waste of time and money. I just saw a set of steelies with wheel locks...........................T best all they do is slow a thief down. I believe wheel locks began their life being offered with rust proofing and paint/fabric protectant. Dealer makes $50/set x300 cars.........presto $15,000.00. Smart.
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I like my OEM BMW wheel lock key better than the crappy McGard one I had for my old Audi. The BMW came with them already, but for the Audi I bought the set. 2 of those keys stripped and almost the 3rd, and never put them back on again.
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I own a tire store, and in my mind the BMW locks are one of the best out there.
I don't quite understand comments made couple post up.... but
Locks are made to detour anybody from wanting to steal your wheels, and no it does not make it impossible, just more difficult.
As of yet I had not seen a lost wheel set that I could not take off, without a proper lock. It takes me a bit longer than usual, but eventually they all come of. Mcguard makes a s*&^ of locks for different manufactures thank God it is not for BMW.
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thx for the tips. called the dealer with the number on the key. cost is $14 and should be in by tomorrow
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I own a tire store, and in my mind the BMW locks are one of the best out there.
I don't quite understand comments made couple post up.... but
Locks are made to detour anybody from wanting to steal your wheels, and no it does not make it impossible, just more difficult.
As of yet I had not seen a lost wheel set that I could not take off, without a proper lock. It takes me a bit longer than usual, but eventually they all come of. Mcguard makes a s*&^ of locks for different manufactures thank God it is not for BMW.
This guy suggests that he has to wait for a key. What happens if youre caught with a flat in the
middle of nowhere and key is fu%$#$ or lost? Don't see the point. Lots of people use them....not me. To each his own.
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...so i got my replacement key and tried to remove the lock nut.

As I cranked on the breaker bar, it budged a little bit but didn't look like the bolt was turning, so I took the key out to inspect it. This new key was also starting to shear/shred.

So I said screw it. Went to BMW and got 4 regular bolts. removed the remaining 3 before the key was destroyed and replaced them with the regular bolts.

To remove the final (obviously over-torqued bolt), I went to Princess auto and picked up a set of reverse threaded lock removal sockets. Less than 3 seconds with an impact wrench and the bolt was out. I see no use to these things. All a thief has to do is get a set of these reverse threaded sockets (for $20), and your wheels are gone. What's the point???

Probably the last time I'll ever use lock nuts.... what a pain in the arse.
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...so i got my replacement key and tried to remove the lock nut.

As I cranked on the breaker bar, it budged a little bit but didn't look like the bolt was turning, so I took the key out to inspect it. This new key was also starting to shear/shred.

So I said screw it. Went to BMW and got 4 regular bolts. removed the remaining 3 before the key was destroyed and replaced them with the regular bolts.

To remove the final (obviously over-torqued bolt), I went to Princess auto and picked up a set of reverse threaded lock removal sockets. Less than 3 seconds with an impact wrench and the bolt was out. I see no use to these things. All a thief has to do is get a set of these reverse threaded sockets (for $20), and your wheels are gone. What's the point???

Probably the last time I'll ever use lock nuts.... what a pain in the arse.
Here we go again.........went over to help a Pal do change over......couldnt find lock key. Dealer never left it in the car as they did changeover last yr. It was Sunday so it has to wait until today.........AT LEAST. Possibly dumbest product ever.
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...so i got my replacement key and tried to remove the lock nut.

As I cranked on the breaker bar, it budged a little bit but didn't look like the bolt was turning, so I took the key out to inspect it. This new key was also starting to shear/shred.

So I said screw it. Went to BMW and got 4 regular bolts. removed the remaining 3 before the key was destroyed and replaced them with the regular bolts.

To remove the final (obviously over-torqued bolt), I went to Princess auto and picked up a set of reverse threaded lock removal sockets. Less than 3 seconds with an impact wrench and the bolt was out. I see no use to these things. All a thief has to do is get a set of these reverse threaded sockets (for $20), and your wheels are gone. What's the point???

Probably the last time I'll ever use lock nuts.... what a pain in the arse.
Had the same trouble last night with my wheels. Got 3 winters on and still 1 summer - lol. The key and the nut are completely shredded
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Had the same trouble last night with my wheels. Got 3 winters on and still 1 summer - lol. The key and the nut are completely shredded
We are all learning....one at a time......those things are evil ...and useless.
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We are all learning....one at a time......those things are evil ...and useless.
So frustrating man, I threw all the wheels locks in the garbage and replaced it with regular ones.
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So are you all using the OEM wheel locks, or something aftermarket like McGard? My OEM ones seem to be holding up very well, considering the car is now approaching 7 years old. I wonder if it's worth ordering an extra key now, just in case it might be needed later.
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So are you all using the OEM wheel locks, or something aftermarket like McGard? My OEM ones seem to be holding up very well, considering the car is now approaching 7 years old. I wonder if it's worth ordering an extra key now, just in case it might be needed later.
I guess you havent been following this thread. A few of us don't see why we need them.
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Sadly the wheel locks are useless. I also had a shredded lock nut and and simply took it off by putting An oversized socket between the wheel hole and the bolt. Came out with no trouble. As long as you park your car in a garage at night I wouldn't be too worried.
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Sadly the wheel locks are useless. I also had a shredded lock nut and and simply took it off by putting An oversized socket between the wheel hole and the bolt. Came out with no trouble. As long as you park your car in a garage at night I wouldn't be too worried.


Thats why we have insurance.
Was at a local garage yesterday. The guy was laughing at these things. They have an impact gun that takes the locks right off. Then he goes to a new car dealership to buy their takeoffs (from installing locks) for cheap. What a racket.
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