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I’ve lost my Locking Wheel Nut Key – what do I do?

So, you’ve lost your Locking Wheel Nut Key – it’s a very common problem and one we see a lot at Tyre Spot. Locking Wheel Nut Keys are very easy to lose as they are quite small and easily misplaced.
First thing’s first – do not try and remove your wheels with other tools, or worse, with someone else’s key! You’ll damage the key and your wheels. Next, let’s make sure that you’ve definitely lost it. Its location will depend on the make and model of your vehicle.
The most common places to find a Locking Wheel Nut Key are:

  • Glove compartment
  • Underneath your spare wheel
  • In the boot
  • Underneath a passenger seat


Your Locking Wheel Nut Key should be stored in a small black box, it’s fairly easy to miss so make sure you search thoroughly.
If you’ve checked everywhere (including your garage) and you’re convinced it’s lost, it’s time to buy a new one.

What is a Locking Wheel Nut Key and where can I buy one?

Locking Wheel Nut Keys are unique to your car’s Locking Wheel Nuts – just like your car key. They’re designed this way to prevent alloy wheel theft, which was commonplace when alloys first became popular.

Without your Locking Wheel Nut Key, you won’t be able to remove your wheels yourself. You will need to visit a professional who can remove your wheels without damaging your car. Your local Tyre Spot branch will be able to help you with this.

How much is a replacement Locking Wheel Nut Key?

The cost can vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle – your local Tyre Spot branch can give you a more accurate quote

Do I need a Locking Wheel Nut Key?

Yes – if at any point you need to replace your tyres or remove your wheels, you will need a Locking Wheel Nut Key. If you sell your car, you’ll be asked for the Locking Wheel Nut Key. If you know you don’t have a Locking Wheel Nut Key, but don’t need it right now, make sure you get one very soon as it can add extra complications to any repairs your car may need in future.
If you need a new Locking Wheel Nut Key, simply pop into your local Tyre Spot and we can find a key for your vehicle’s make and model.

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