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What is a Locking Lug Nut or Wheel Lock?

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What is a Locking Lug Nut or Wheel Lock?

If you’ve ever brought your car to a shop for new tires, you’ve probably been asked if your vehicle has a wheel lock key. Newer vehicles come with a locking lug nut on each wheel. Also, sometimes people that get custom or aftermarket rims put them on. They are like regular lug nuts but have a cut out in them and need a key to be removed.

Each set of wheel locks have their own key. They are used to deter criminals from stealing your wheels. The key usually comes in a set which can be found with the spare tire or sometimes in the glove box. If the key is lost or gets broken somehow, the dealer or manufacturer can make a new one.

It’s a good idea to always make sure that you get your wheel lock key back whenever your wheels are removed.

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