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Old 01-19-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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Lug nut locks

We orered the aluminum wheels and I want to keep them so I think I'll put on lug nut locks, like on my truck, when we pick up our 5.0TA .

When looking for lug nut locks online I see all types of different bases on them, flat, varying angles, etc.

It appears, from the views of the aluminum wheels I have seen on Escapes, that there is just a flat surface where the lug nut tightens down. Am I correct in that?

Anyone else have lug nut locks on their Escapes? I searched the topic but didn't come up with any useable results.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:29 PM   #2
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one more thing you will need to remember where it is located
,.... the wheel lug key.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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It appears, from the views of the aluminum wheels I have seen on Escapes, that there is just a flat surface where the lug nut tightens down. Am I correct in that?
I don't know, but if the seating surface for the nut is flat, it would need to have a shank which extends into a non-tapered hole in the wheel. This was a common style for alloy wheels, but is now unusual, at least for motor vehicles.

The steel wheels will use a tapered nut to match the tapered seat in the wheel. Are the same nuts used for the alloys and for the steel wheels?
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:49 PM   #4
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one more thing you will need to remember where it is located
,.... the wheel lug key.
I couldn't find the key for the "locking" security nuts on my van after I did some work (must have dropped it in the gravel somewhere), so I had the dealership take them off and replace them with stock nuts. This is so much more convenient that when I bought my most recent (used) car, I had the dealership take the security nuts off and replace them with standard nuts before I took delivery.

Local conditions, and thus desire for security nuts, varies. I've never heard of wheels being stolen from a vehicle anywhere that I've lived or from a vehicle owned by anyone I know. I'm sure it has happened, but lightning also strikes people... I'm not worrying about that either.
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...I've never heard of wheels being stolen from a vehicle anywhere that I've lived or from a vehicle owned by anyone I know. I'm sure it has happened, but lightning also strikes people... I'm not worrying about that either.
I feel the same as you on this Brian, however, we are probably not hanging out in the right (or wrong) places. I am sure this guy feels differently.

Maybe it was this guy? http://www.gifbin.com/985533
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:07 PM   #6
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I feel the same as you on this Brian, however, we are probably not hanging out in the right (or wrong) places. I am sure this guy feels differently.
Absolutely - location dependent.
On the other hand, given the sticker in the window, the consistent line of trucks, and the nice blocks used, I think that's a new truck getting the wheels swapped out for fancier ones. If anyone wants to take my wheels and put better ones on, they're welcome to do so!
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I think that's a new truck getting the wheels swapped out for fancier ones. If anyone wants to take my wheels and put better ones on, they're welcome to do so!
Nope. The photo is from Patriot GMC in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Thieves got away with the wheels of 76 vehicles in all. Definitely not amateurs.

76 wheels stolen from vehicles at Bartlesville dealership - Tulsa World: Bartlesville News
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That is a lot of cinder blocks to haul around....
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I Don't think a locking lug nut is any match for a long handled torque wrench.
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I Don't think a locking lug nut is any match for a long handled torque wrench.
It is if there's nothing to grab. The outside is round. There are some tools designed to clamp on to the outside of the round lug and turn it anyway, but a dedicated thief would probably try to grind the lug flat in a couple places so they could wrench it off.
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