Wheel Locks & Nuts
Lug nuts are fasteners which are used on vehicles in order to secure the wheel to the vehicle. Lug nuts are tightened on to the stud which secures the wheel to the axle. Some configurations replace the nuts with bolts, which are typically covered up by the wheel cap or a plastic nut that clips onto it. Lug nuts are used for convenience; they can be removed and replaced quickly in the event of a flat tire. The number of nuts for each wheel varies, depending on the size of the vehicle and its tires. Larger vehicles tend to have more lug nuts due to the weight of the vehicle, which causes more pressure to be put on the lug nuts while the vehicle is in use. Lug nuts are tightened with a torque wrench in order to ensure that adequate pressure is put on all of the nuts. Lug nuts are put under tremendous strain, therefore, they are typically made with hardened steel.
Locking lug nuts can be purchased for rims which are valuable and need to be protected against theft. Locking lug nuts function like standard lug nuts with the exception, that a key or a specific wrench is needed to remove the nuts. The use of at least one of these nuts on each wheel is recommended in order to prevent theft of the rim. The use of locking lug nuts is also convenient for wheels that are stored in a tire carrier. There are many sizes and styles of locking lug nuts to choose from.
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