enter image description hereI have a 1995 Mercury Tracer Trio that needs new tires. I do not have the wheel lock key/tool to remove them though. Is there an alternate way to remove them without having to take it to a mechanic?

  • Are you referring to locking lug nuts? Do you have a picture? Apr 8, 2016 at 7:24
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    It depends on the type of nuts fitted - Some can be removed with readily-available tools, others will need to be taken to a professional... As @IhavenoideawhatI'mdoing says, could you please post a picture?
    – Nick C
    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:46
  • Look on amazon for the key
    – rpmerf
    Apr 8, 2016 at 11:01
  • Just posted a picture. I've even contacted a Ford dealership and the technician told me that he doesn't have keys for that old of a vehicle. Apr 9, 2016 at 18:20

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You can use a wheel lock removing set.

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I believe most automotive stores will sell them. They can also easily be found online.

Or you can drill the nut and stud. Which takes a long time. It would be faster & cheaper to pay a mechanic for a half hour labor to remove your wheel locks.

  • Now we're talkin. One more down. +1 Apr 9, 2016 at 19:13
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I suspect you'll have to take that to a shop - I had a very similar set of locks on a car before, I tried using a remover set like the one in Ben's answer, but it didn't get anywhere - the outer chromed ring split in two circumferentially and just span - the tyre shop used a special single-use tool that was hammered into the keyhole and deformed to fit.

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