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Removing a locking wheel nut from my toyota car

I need to change a tire, My car has locking wheel nuts. There is a kit in the glove box which includes what I think is the key. The key has 3 pins sticking out of the inside of a hexagonal nut. However the locking wheel nuts appear to have covers on which you can turn by hand. How do I get these off to use the key?

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  • bernieallan May 19, 2008

    Yeah, but how do the covers come off. They just spin.

  • Dan Lester Jan 07, 2014

    Wow. For some reason this just showed up. i assume your issue was resolved, but for reference sake: turn the plastic lug nuts to the left to loosen them, sometimes you may have to try pulling the wheel cover off a couple of times because these tend to get stripped threads. once you feel they are loose enough, try pulling or prying the cover off, the covers usuallyjust snap on to the wheel. some can be a bit stubborn. Again, my apologies about not getting back in touch!

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    car still locked after turning wheel and key


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Simple get a straight screw driver and take it to edge and clip them off not hard and if you mess up. dont matter u dnt really need them cover just there for hassle.

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I went to the deal Heffner motors linited to change tire for 2007 Matrix. The deal said " replaced tire we have attempted to remove the wheel locks but all are damaged & overtighted - we have supplied 4 regular lug nuts but 3 damaged wheel locks still remain on the vehicle" I was wounding who can replace the locks with regulare one. How can i damage the wheel locks i used the only one more year and changed tire only once.

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You need to get the wheel lugnut wrench out of the trunk or under the hood and take off the wheel cover nuts (the plastic ones you can turn by hand) Then you should have access to your wheel locks...

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