Locking nuts usually come in a set of 4 along with a key that can help you remove them. Each wheel will only require 1 locking nut while the other nuts are left as is. In case you need to change a wheel, you should keep the locking nut key inside your vehicle, but make sure it is not in plain sight. If you need to change a wheel all by yourself, always unlock the locking nut first then attach it again after replacing the wheel.
There are 3 kinds of locking nuts that are generally used by car owners. The most common kind has a keyed head. To lock and unlock this nut, you need to channel the key into the keyed head while the other end has a typical hex head that can fit into a wheel brace so you can unlock the locking nut in the usual way.
Locking nuts gained popularity among vehicle owners who are worried about their custom alloy wheels being targeted for theft. With many people spending so much money for their custom alloy wheels, it is no wonder that locking nuts have become a popular choice to deter thieves. So much so,that vehicle manufacturers fit locking nuts onto their vehicles as part of their standard and this is Thatcham requirement in the UK.
And this is a good thing - until you lose one or more locking nuts or locking nut keys! In the past, losing your locking nut keys and security code was a nightmare as there is no easy way of replacing it and you’d usually need to resort to invasive techniques to undo them. That is no longer a problem anymore as Imperial Tyres are able to unlock your locking nuts!
If you want to avoid this kind of situation, you need to remember where to keep your locking nut keys as removing your locking nut without the keys is a situation that nobody wants to experience. For instance, in the event you need to change your tyres, add new brakes or have your vehicle serviced, the locking nuts need to be removed.
We recommend placing it in the glove or boot compartment. If you prefer to store it somewhere else, slip it in your seat pockets, spare wheel or under the seats. Just make sure you remember it. You will never know exactly when you’ll need it, so keep in mind its hiding spot.