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How to Install Wheel Locks

by Nigel D'Orville

Automotive wheel theft is a common occurrence. One way to protect your vehicle wheels is to install locking lug nuts. Locking lug nuts require a special "key" to remove them from the wheel. This not only prohibits someone from stealing your wheels, but it also prevents you from having to deal with the insurance company, as well as being stranded in the middle of nowhere waiting for someone to come pick you up.


Remove the hub caps on your wheels (if necessary).


Remove one lug nut from each wheel using your tire iron. Save the lug nuts you removed and keep them somewhere safe (the glove box is a good spot).


Use your hands to screw one locking lug nut onto each wheel where you removed the original lug nut.


Insert the lock key onto the locking lug nut, and tighten the nut using your tire iron. Press inward on the key and lug nut to tighten it properly. Repeat this procedure for all four wheels and the spare tire (if applicable).


Re-tighten the new locking nuts after about 25 miles of driving.

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About the Author

Nigel D'Orville began writing seriously during the first semester of his undergraduate studies in 2007. He is a published writer for eHow, specializing in "how-to" articles in a variety of subject areas ranging from car maintenance to consumer electronics. Nigel is currently a senior at the University of Dayton and plans on graduating in May 2011.

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