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Old 10-09-2018, 10:33 PM
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This is in regard to a '96 CE with LT4/ZF6...

My rear tire seems to have a slow leak, and I wanted to do the ole' bathtub test to see if I can patch it.,, but I can't find my wheel lock key. I'm not the original owner, and can't find it anywhere. What options do I have to get that wheel off? I'd rather get a replacement key, but is there anywhere I can get one?

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Thanks...Have seen a few guides out there with this procedure since posting. Looks like I might be going this route myself,. but like to hear if anyone knows of any options. Is the key unique to every car? Any way I can get a replacement?
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No, keys are not unique to each set of wheels. I don't know how many different keys were produced, but it was not an infinite number.

You might call a locksmith, or your road service provider for help.
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Okay, thank you...I think someone posted info for the company that made them for GM...Maybe I'll give that a try, if I can find that post. Thanks again
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Go to any dealer, they have a master set of keys for the lugs and can tell you which one you need. I think McGard was the manufacturer.
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Go to any dealer, they have a master set of keys for the lugs and can tell you which one you need. I think McGard was the manufacturer.
Good luck on that. Most of them threw them away years ago. When NTB lost my key, I called numerous dealers, all with the same answer.

However the OP could get lucky.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...g-lugnuts.html

The ones that were supplied with my 96 were made by Amcor

https://www.amcorlocks.com/

Is there a key card in with the paper work for the car ? I found the card, tucked away in the paperwork/book for the car. The lugs weren't registered to the car. Just what ever was picked and put in the car. The company sent me a new key in 3 days but they had to know that number. (my car is a 96 also).

Once you get them off, consider that hardly anyone would be stealing wheels/tires of our sizes anymore. There just aren't that many cars using the sizes common for C4's

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Thanks...Have seen a few guides out there with this procedure since posting. Looks like I might be going this route myself,. but like to hear if anyone knows of any options. Is the key unique to every car? Any way I can get a replacement?
https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...ver/453073_0_0

Why would you want a replacement? Just get 20 lug nuts to make a nice set or find the 4 to replace the lock nuts. They came on my F-body and after a year of ownership where I got to tossing unnecessary things, that was the first. When I bought the C4, that was the first thing to fall off the car after I got it off the truck.
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If your locks are Amcor you could likely do a visual comparison using their web-information.

https://www.amcorlocks.com/copy-of-complete-set

If you reach out to them with a snapshot they'll likely accommodate you. I'm quite sure a friend was supplied one at no charge not very long ago. Circumstances I'm not sure of.

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I bought a '90 with no lug key. Tried all my sockets, nothing fit tight enough even hammered on. I finally used an air chisel which spun them right off without damaging the wheels. There are also special sockets made for this such as eBay, but I didn't get that far.
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I have an 89 that didnít come with a key for the locks. I use a 20mm 1/2Ē socket and I carefully tapped it on and I was able to get them off. Kevin
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Tech gouged the wheel using the air chisel so you have to be VERY careful
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If you have road service coverage, call them. They remove lugs all the time

If no coverage, take the vette to a tire shop. Routine chore.
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Of similar to my 88, call Me Hard (www.mcgard.com). Great customer service. I sent them a pic of my wheel lock, she matched it uo, and I had a key in less than a week .Cost was $15.

That is assuming they are OE locks? Not sure about aftermarket.
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Oops .Just realized the key was for my center caps on the 88. They still might be worth a shot, especially is the locks are original.
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There are removal sockets made just for doing this. They work like a reversed easy-out, with spiral internal grooves that grip the lugnut when you turn it. They also will not damage your wheels like an air chisel or some other "Blacksmith" removal method. I believe I got mine from Autozone, and they were not too expensive. If you want to replace the locks, I have a set for sale on here now with the key and the screw on covers, McGard brand.
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