Locking Wheel Nut Removal

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Mobile locking wheel nut removal

Freeway Mobile Tyres are your local locking wheel nut removal specialists in Dorset. If you’ve got a damaged wheel nut key or lost your socket, we can remove your lockers with our universal tools. And, best of all, we can perform this service at your location for no extra cost. So if you’re stuck at home or the roadside, we can come to you!

Our technicians can remove security wheel nuts on a wide range of car makes and models, as well as vans and caravans. We’re here seven days a week and offer same-day service if you need help urgently.

Why use Freeway Mobile Tyres?

  • We can come to you the same day you call us, at no extra cost.
  • Our locking nut specialists are available seven days a week.
  • We offer Dorset-wide coverage with our mobile service.
  • With a wide range of custom tools, we can remove any locking wheel nut style on the market.
  • Our technicians can come to you at home, work or the roadside.
  • All of our staff are highly experienced and will look after your vehicle.
  • Our fully equipped vans have tools to remove security bolts on cars, vans, caravans and motorhomes.
  • Out-of-hours and out-of-area service available.
  • We’re a local father and son company based in Poole, Dorset.

What is a locking wheel nut?

Locking wheel nuts are specially designed fasteners used to prevent wheel theft. To remove them, you need a specific key that matches the same pattern as the fastener. Without the key, the wheel nut is much harder to remove.

However, these days, wheel theft is not a prevalent as it once was, so locking wheel nuts tend to cause more hassle than they prevent. We regularly contend with locking wheel nuts overtightened and rounded by a garage or remove a security bolt after the key has gone missing.

how do you remove locking wheel nuts?

We don’t just have one way of removing stubborn locking wheel nuts. We use different tools for different situations; for example, we would use a separate tool for an overtightened nut versus a stripped wheel bolt.

However, because we remove lockers regularly, we have a selection of master kits and universal removal tools that allow us to get the job done consistently.

We are recommended to customers by national breakdown companies such as the RAC and AA because of our ability to remove the toughest of locking wheel nuts.

How to book

Making an appointment for our mobile locking nut removal service couldn’t be simpler!

  1. Get in touch with us via phone or through our contact form. We’ll need to know your vehicle registration and postcode. We can then get you a quote for removing your lug nuts. 
  2. If you’re happy with the price, then the next step is to let us know a date, time and location that works for you.
  3. Upon the service day, we will contact you to let you know when the fitter is on his way.
  4. Our fitter will greet you at the door and ascertain which wheel bolt(s) you’d like to remove.
  5. You can pay by cash or card once the service is complete.

All car makes & models covered

We can remove locking wheel nuts on a wide range of car makes and models, such as:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Citroen
  • Dacia
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Hyundia
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mini
  • Nissan
  • Opel / Vauxhall
  • Peugeot
  • Renault
  • Skoda
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

Areas we cover

Our mobile service is available across many areas of Dorset, such as:

  • Bournemouth
  • Poole
  • Christchurch
  • Swanage
  • Dorchester
  • Blandford Forum
  • Wareham
  • Verwood
  • Ringwood
  • Sturminster Newton
  • Shaftesbury
  • Wimborne Minster
  • Weymouth

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  • Avatar Nathan Hunt ★★★★★ in the last week
    Really good service from Mark at Freeway Mobile tyres this week. Had a puncture which he repaired at price quoted. Polite and friendly manner and came well within the time he told me that he would arrive. Would definitely recommend
  • Avatar Anabel Harper ★★★★★ a month ago
    These guys are the best, hands down! So easy to contact and they do an amazing job every time. Nothing seems too much. The guy that came and sorted my car today was great. I cant recommend them enough! What a great team.
  • Avatar Gordon Lowe@hotmail.co.uk Lowe ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Managed to put a hole in the side wall of a fairly worn tyre so rang Freeway . Explained location with what three words and left the car. Came back much later in the day to see fitted and balanced. Saved me hours of waiting around. Thanks guys. Not the first time I have used Freeway and won't be the last.

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You can remove locking wheel nuts in several ways, from using a universal socket set to drilling out the bolt itself. Each method is effective for different types of locking wheel nuts. However, we do always recommend using professionals to perform this service for you.

Absolutely. We have many specialist tools and master kits at our disposal to deal with a wide range of locking wheel nuts.

One solution could be to contact your local dealership for a replacement key. There is usually a two-week wait for the key, so if you’re not in a rush, then it’s a good option.

An alternative is to use a wheel nut removal service such as ourselves, this is more expensive than buying a new key, but it’s much quicker.

Nowadays, it’s rare for people to steal alloy wheels. So unless your wheels are new, recently refurbished, or rare, then there’s no need to have them.

You can find your lock nut key in some different places, including:

  • Glovebox
  • Boot
  • Under the spare wheel
  • Side door
  • With your spare wheel kit
  • Underneath the passenger seat

Providing your security nuts are made by the car manufacturer, then yes. Aftermarket locking nuts, however, are much less secure.

They aren’t unique, but there are usually 10 to 40 different styles and shapes for each key.

To order a replacement key directly from the dealership often costs around £40 to £80.

You should be able to get one from your local dealership. However, you may need the code for your old key to purchase a new one.

Some manufacturers provide master key sets that you can buy online, but these can cost as much as £200 to £400 per set.

A wheel lock key will be a small metal socket with a hex head on one side and a metal pattern on the other end.

It depends on what type of tool you’ve got. Laser makes the most common type of removal tool, which is a left hand threaded impact socket. Amazon, Halfords and Screwfix sell these online for roughly £20.

You will need to hit the tool onto the locking wheel nut using a hammer; this will allow it to grip the outside of the fastener. You can then extract it using a ratchet or impact gun.

However, bear in mind that these tools do not work on lockers with rotating collars and tend to only come in one or two sizes.

It doesn’t affect your safety if you decide to drive your car without a locking wheel nut, providing you have replaced it with a standard wheel bolt/nut.

In most cases, no. Even the McGard style lockers can be useless if they do not have a security collar.