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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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nut drove me nuts

Since the day i got this car it had a lock lug on one of the rims..it has always bothered me,lingered in my mind when ever i drove..
So tonight since it was in the mid 30s which is noce for up here i gave my car a lubing and some idea flew in my head,2min later the lug was off..
I hammered the pliers in and used an extension to turn them...hehe
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Since the day i got this car it had a lock lug on one of the rims..it has always bothered me,lingered in my mind when ever i drove..
So tonight since it was in the mid 30s which is noce for up here i gave my car a lubing and some idea flew in my head,2min later the lug was off..
I hammered the pliers in and used an extension to turn them...hehe
So how long have you had the car, and you've never been able to take the wheel off?

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I had the car almost a year now...

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Cool idea, glad it worked. Last weekend I did some suspension work and when I pulled the wheel center caps saw locknuts. I was furious, didn't know they were factory on '96. Found the key in the bottom of the glove box.
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I found mine was factory also, i have a sticker inthe trunk by the door code thats gives a ford tech number to call for a replacement key..it was no longer in service though of course but them pliers and inginuinity worked just fine.
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I had the car almost a year now...
I just can't imagine not having a wheel off in a year. I'm picky, I pull the wheels off and inspect the brakes, boots, etc when I buy a car. Glad you got them off though. I had an 85 Pontiac 6000 when I was 16, took it in for new tires and an alignment and the morons used an impact on the lock nuts (after I specifically told them to hand torque the nuts, I HATE impact tools on wheels) and they broke the key. Had to take it to a welding shop for them to weld it back together, so I could get the lock off, and made the tire shop pay that bill, and give me a new set of lugnuts for the hassle.

To this day, I generally take my wheels off the car and take them in myself to get new tires mounted, and get alignments done at a good shop I know that does very good work.

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