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Need to replace brakepads but have lost the original wheel removal tools

My friend has a '93 Buick Park Ave that apparently was sold without the original hubcap key and tire iron. I found them a replacement hubcap key, but they can't wait a week or more for a replacement tire iron to get the wheels off and replace the brakepads. Is it truly crucial to have the specific lug wrench that was original to the make/model, or can something else be done to make sure they can get the wheels off when necessary?

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  • redhairedgir Apr 17, 2009

    Well, the thing is that the wheels each have one LOCKING lug nut, so while any old tire iron will do for the rest, the locking nuts are presenting a problem . . .I'm calling around my area and everyone is telling me that a replacement key for locking lug nuts is prohibitively expensive, on top of the fact that no one carries them in stock, so I'd have to wait till one was shipped. . .

  • redhairedgir Apr 17, 2009

    Yep, that's the conclusion I've come to as well. Thanks, though, this was helpful in that now I know where to come for quick feedback on fix-it issues.

  • redhairedgir Apr 17, 2009

    AGH: I rated you well, although we decided to go the route of paying a tire shop mechanic to handle it for $5 bucks a pop rather than buy a tool we'll never need again. Thanks for the reply, tho.

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    is it a hubcap or a mag wheel?

    lug nuts should the standard size on all american cars.

    go to auto parts store and pickup a 4-way lug ranch.



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If you go to a GOOD auto parts and equipment supply store, you will be able to purchase what is known as a "nut splitter". This is a device that you use to cut nuts along their axis when they cannot be otherwise removed safely.

A correctly sized nut splitter (there are many styles and sizes, so choose wisely) will be able to remove a non-recessed wheel lock nut easily.

If the wheel lock lugs are recessed, you will have to drill the lugs and use an appropriately-sized extractor to remove them from the studs (be careful of left-hand threaded studs on some vehicles--marked with bands or notches).

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Go to a tire store, have them break the "LOCKING" lug nuts.
you would not be able to use that nut w/o a key, but at least you will be able to get the tire off.

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It makes absolutely no difference what lug wrench you use.
Just go to the parts store, and get a 4-way lug wrench if you don't have one, the lugs are 3/4", or 19mm (same thing).

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