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Old 2/27/05, 04:01 PM   #1
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Did a search and didn't see anything, so figured I'd post it in case anyone hasn't found them yet...

If you got wheel locks, and can't find the key, check in the trunk, down with the spare tire - that's where mine were.

Thought it was strange - usually they are in the glove box. Just glad they were there - wouldn't be too fun to get the wheels off without the wheel lock key.
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Old 2/27/05, 04:26 PM   #2
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Originally posted by RMac@February 27, 2005, 3:04 PM
-wouldn't be too fun to get the wheels off without the wheel lock key.
I didn't order the wheel locks only because I have had experienced more hassles with getting the locks off when needed (granted this has been over the last 20 years or so). Anything from a stripped lock to a lost key has made it hard to change a tire. :bang:

How do the new ones work? Key in the lug wrench socket etc...? Hopefully the design has improved since I last had to remove one.
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Old 2/27/05, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info Ryan.....
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Don't forget to carry at least one of the unused regular lugs with the lock key. Not supposed to use a locking lug nut on the little wheel (per the instructions).
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Good tip.

Actually, the wheel lock key is in a bag with the four unused "normal" wheel lugs. I haven't seen that before... a nice surprise.
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Originally posted by John SCB+February 27, 2005, 6:29 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(John SCB @ February 27, 2005, 6:29 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-RMac@February 27, 2005, 3:04 PM
-wouldn't be too fun to get the wheels off without the wheel lock key.
I didn't order the wheel locks only because I have had experienced more hassles with getting the locks off when needed (granted this has been over the last 20 years or so). Anything from a stripped lock to a lost key has made it hard to change a tire. :bang:

How do the new ones work? Key in the lug wrench socket etc...? Hopefully the design has improved since I last had to remove one.
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Throughout the years, I also have found them to be more of a pain and would not have ordered them. The salesmen knowing how we feel about the 05, asked did we want the locks installed and I said "No I do not want them on the wheels." My $.02 worth.
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An earlier thread on this subject determined that the car is shipped without the wheel locks and that they are then installed during Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) at the Dealership. Some people were given the 4 extra lug nuts and some were not. I did not get the extra lug nuts. My key lock was in a plastic bag in the glove box. Location of the key locks depends on the TECH who performed the PDI.
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I didn't order wheel locks because I lost the key from my 2003 Jeep liberty wheel locks and found that all you need to do it put a socket that fits snug over it, hit it once with the rachet and then you can loosen them off. If someone wants your rims this will only slow them down a few seconds at most.
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My dealer said I had no choice, and that they where being shipped that way. Guess he was full of bull, or didn't know they where put on during the PDI. Doesn't matter, I wanted them anyway.

I know they are easy to take off, but they still slow people down.

FYI: Anybody can buy a universal wheel lock kit. We have one at work, and can remove any wheel lock, as well as any locking wheel cover. It's for when people loose their keys, the lugs or bolts get stripped, or when we can't find the customers key, and we need to get a wheel off.
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Really, when it comes down to it, if someone wants to steal your wheels, they will.

I usually don't bother with wheel locks... got my GT off the lot, and it had them already.
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Mine were in the bag when I picked up the car. Had to put them on myself, but that made sure that I got to keep the spare lug nuts, so
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Originally posted by RMac@February 28, 2005, 6:26 PM
Really, when it comes down to it, if someone wants to steal your wheels, they will.
I usually don't bother with wheel locks... got my GT off the lot, and it had them already.
Ditto.
I guess every $50 added to the MSRP adds up for Ford and its' dealers, on an in-demand car, with a relatively slim profit margin.
When I got home, I had to call my sales rep to get the original lugs, that were taken off during PDI. As others have noted, the instructions say that the wheel lock lugs are not for use with the steel wheel spare tire.
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Located mine in the glove bax w/ the original lugs...
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