Lugnut Disaster - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Lugnut Disaster

March 15, 2011


Some things just don't play well together. Cats and dogs. Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. And as our 2011 Ford Mustang GT found out, impact wrenches and wheel lock keys. Want to see why?

Our story began harmless enough. We caught a nail with the front tire of our Mustang. It was a slow leaker near the center of the tread, an easy repair. But easy turned complicated when I handed the keys over to the tire shop guy. I forgot the Mustang had wheel locks.


Those mangled shards on the left used to be our wheel lock key. Yes, that is a piece of shrapnel lodged in the lugnut on the right. When this happens you resort to hammers, wedging tools and that specially designated "I screwed up"socket to remove the remaining locks.


After some love taps and an eye full of sweat you end up with four useless wheel locks. Needless to say, we didn't pay for anything. And the shop offered to buy us replacements.

We all learned a lesson that day. Keep the impact wrench away from your wheel locks.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 4,351 miles

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