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Broken Lug Lock Key

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I went to remove one of my rear tires today, after getting a flat. I was able to nurse it home and get it into the garage, but when I went to remove the lugs, the lug key snaped in half! :cursing: Can I get a new key from any tire shop, or is it special to porsche? I really don't want to have to get it towed.. Any advice appreciated!!



-MY00 996 Cab

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You are not the first. I removed the locking bolts and put standard ones on long ago. Not because my key broke, but because they are a pain.

It has been said they are made by McGard, but I have never seen a source other than Porsche. I think it is special to Porsche. There are about 30 different keys. My dealer writes the key number on the option sticker. Otherwise you have to get the car in. Or, I guess you can take your broken key in and see if the can match it and order you another. Or, borrow their key if they will let you and get standard bolts.


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Unbelievably, my local dealership had a trade in that had two lug keys. It just happened to be the right one!

Anyone have a good outlet to buy new lugs? I was told that they changed the design, and I need to replace all of them, not just the locking ones. (They want $6 each for the lugs at the dealer!!!!)



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I had to buy one of those suckers too, cost $29!

The parts guy had to carry the whole case of 30 sockets to my car to try them all out.

I was scrutinizing it all over trying to determine and justify the price.

I finally tried to convince myself that it was probably made of very strong material

and wouldn't strip or break easily, considering the little small notches that actually hold/grip the lock bolt.

So now this is a rude awakening! They break easily!?

And the one I bought took 1-1/2 weeks to come in on order! :rolleyes:

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  • 9 months later...

I wanted to remove my rims to I could sand the brake discs since I believe the PO glazed them somehow and on the first wheel bolt, SNAP!!! :cursing: :censored: the key broke in two places (where the teeth grab the bolt). The local stealer doesn't have them in inventory.

The mechanic came by with the case mentioned above and the one that worked on mine had 007 stamped on the side of the "socket". Since he has 4 spare wheel bolts (non security) and I don't park in places where my rims would be at risk of being stolen, I am just going to put regular bolts in. We had to use a small pipe to remove locking bolts in the front! :cursing:

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