I gat a flat yesterday and to my surprise when removing the tire there is a center lug under the wheel cap that is holding the wheel on. this lug is a huge star shape, where do I get the tool to remove this thing? Without having to pay a lot for it?
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Re: removal of center lug on 05 Touareg
These are called Torx bolts/nuts and they are intended to prevent theft, any store like Sears will carry the Torx (also called star) line of sockets, they are also available on line from different tool outlets, Carquest and Napa auto parts should have them too.
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your owners manual is a valuable source of information, but if you do not have it here is what you do: the vehicle should be on a flat hard surface then you need to locate your jack and lug wrench , with the vehicle still on the groung loosen each lug nut about one turn then make sure that your emergency break is on, place the jack under the vehicle in an appropreate spot to raise the wheel off the groung, once the wheel is off the ground you can remove the lug nuts and pull the wheel off. Then you can put the spare tire on and replace the lug nuts tighten them in a criss cross patern as tight as you can get them then lower the vehicle back to the ground and check the lugs again. I hope this helps, good luck !!
block wheel on opposing side to avoid rolling.loosen lug bolts on wheel using lug wrench. donot completely remove nuts. place jack at designated position on side of car. diagram should be on spare cover in trunk under carpet along with the appropriate tools.raise vehicle with jack just high enough to clear ground. remove nuts and flat tire and replace with spare. tightened lug nuts and lower jack. check nuts again for tightness.
#1 Look carefully at the CENTER of the hub cap. Gently pry the center cap off. The rest will be self explanatory. Or #2 Take one lug nut off . Sometimes there is an extra set of small lugs to hold the hub cap on. I do apologize for the two choices. Just cannot remember which way the Cougar works.
Mercury sables had a couple different styles of wheels/ wheel covers, so basically if you have an alloy wheel with a center cap, you can remove that with a wide bladed screw driver in the slot that is on the edge. Same goes if your car has a full wheel cover. You can either use the flat tip of your tire lug nut wrench, or a very large screwdriver to pry it off of the wheel
On our Mazda3 the special lug removal tool was in the glove box in a blister pack with spare lugs. After having the car serviced the tool dissapeared and after searching I found it in the lug removal vrench where the dealership mechanic left it. Hope this helps. Alex