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Okay, I always keep the key for my lugnuts on my tires in my center console, but I went to get it last night to switch out my tires and it's not there! I have not a clue what I did with it... In any case, what are my options on getting these lock nuts off my tire?! I am going to continue to see if I just put the key *somewhere where I wouldn't lose it*, but in the meantime, if I were to get a flat and needed to get my tires off, I can't! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Most trick lugnuts come with a code in case the "key" is lost. With this code, you can easily order another one from the mfg'er. Do you have the package the lugnuts came in or the code sheet, if printed separately?
 

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Yes! I do have the package still (I kept it to keep all the non-locking lug nuts they replaced)... I'll have to look on the sheet when I get home!

Thanks a bunch!
 

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The Ford lock nuts have a mail in card that goes back to McGard, who manufactures the nuts. It has a card and addresses to contact for replacements. I think the key is $12 or something. GL!
 

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Here is a little tip for the future......Never, never, ever keep your lug nut key in your center console under any circumstances. If someone wants your wheels the first thing they are gonna do is smash your window and dig around your interior for the lug key. I've seen this happen many times. The factory key comes with a keeper wire that you attach to your lug wrench. Keep the key there since there isn't a remote release for the trunk the thieves can't get into it unless they want to try crawling through the rear seats.
Good luck getting a replacement key.
 

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Halo819 that's good advice. Also, since I ordered my locking lugs from Ford, they also have a master key. I know this because they broke my key last time they were taking the tires off. They bought me a new set. But let's not kid ourselves, anybody who is serious about getting wheels will either have a master key, or they can just freeze 'em and break those locks right off. The locking lugs are just like other locks - they are only for honest people. It's a deterrent for petty thieves. So be smart about where you are parking and for how long.

And on a slightly different note, you can also get what I got, Lojack with early warning. If the car is moved or even tilted for a tow away theft, the system will call my cell and home, and e-mail work and e-mail home within 15min to an hour. So if you are at work or in the mall several hours, you'll know in time to activate the system and the police can get the crooks.
 
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halo you see it happen many times? what are you? the car thief ring leader? what kind of guy watches thieves break in and search around for the lug key? i havent seen it happen once and you see it many times...omg....lol just kiddin
 

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Car thief ring leader?:eyepoppin

Actually, I'm on the other side of the fence, taking the reports as some poor guys car is sitting on milk crates with a broken D/S window.:sosad:
The victim always says "How did they get the wheels? I had locks on them!"
If a thief is truly determined or even slightly smart you are not gonna stop them unless you get lucky.
How may people out there are using "The Club" to protect their cars? It is the biggest joke in the world. A $2.00 hacksaw and 5 minutes make it worthless.
 

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Thanks everyone!

I sent off my order for my replacement key! Thank God I kept all the stuff for my lug nuts... So, now I sit and wait for my key to come in while my rims/tires make a nice imprint on my living room carpet... ;)

I also had planned to move the key to my trunk, cause I did not like the idea of keeping it in my console, I just had it there from the last time I got my oil changed / tires rotated...

Thanks again everyone!
 

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Most dealers have techs that have the lug-keys in their rollaway. Go to your dealer and ask your service writer to ask around the shop.
 

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ford service will have a set of masters. thats how they service yer car when ya forget to tell em where ya hid yer key behind a trunk panel. thats a true story from my 03 mach1
 

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remember when Chrysler used left hand lugs on left side of the car? My dad broke 2 off my moms 66 charger before figuring this out, and couldnt find lefhand studs- put 2 rights back in...whatta ya wanna bet that somebody had a little trouble with those later on...often wondered if maybe lefthanded studs with locks could be had- even with a master key would probably confuse wouldbe theif enough to run away...
 

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remember when Chrysler used left hand lugs on left side of the car? My dad broke 2 off my moms 66 charger before figuring this out, and couldnt find lefhand studs- put 2 rights back in...whatta ya wanna bet that somebody had a little trouble with those later on...often wondered if maybe lefthanded studs with locks could be had- even with a master key would probably confuse wouldbe theif enough to run away...
Any number of Brit cars with knockoff hubs were the same way. Many conveniently embossed the directions with an arrow on the hub and still there were people who couldn't figure it out.
 
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