Lug Nut Weirdness

horsehorse OhioMember Posts: 3
edited November 2018 in Kia
This week I bought a 2013 Kia Rio SX. Three days later I have a flat tire.

4 lug nuts. One of them is locking and it seems I have a key/socket.
The other 3 are round and instead of having a flat face for the "key," the top is rounded and smooth. I see no possible way to remove them.

In the car was a piece of cardboard with plastic top that the four locking nuts came in (and it had the key), but I have no idea where the 12 smooth, rounded top nuts came from nor how they were screwed on.

Anyone have experience with this? How do I get these off?

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,750
    horse said:

    This week I bought a 2013 Kia Rio SX. Three days later I have a flat tire.

    4 lug nuts. One of them is locking and it seems I have a key/socket.
    The other 3 are round and instead of having a flat face for the "key," the top is rounded and smooth. I see no possible way to remove them.

    In the car was a piece of cardboard with plastic top that the four locking nuts came in (and it had the key), but I have no idea where the 12 smooth, rounded top nuts came from nor how they were screwed on.

    Anyone have experience with this? How do I get these off?

    Guessing that they might be plastic covers that pop on to the top of the lug nut? Try taking a screwdriver, and seeing if you can gently pry behind them and pop them off?

    Obviously, I don't know for sure.. ;)

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  • horsehorse OhioMember Posts: 3
    That's a great idea. Could be and I'll check tomorrow. They are shorter than the one locking nut, so I am not sure the would be room for the real nut and the cover. Maybe. I will certainly check that. It makes sense. Thanks.

    I can't find anything like them anywhere on the web, but I will check something like decorative lug nut covers.
  • horsehorse OhioMember Posts: 3
    edited November 2018
    I think you have it. I found this on Amazon. The tops of what I am dealing with are bowel shaped and the diameter changes a couple of times, but the idea is the same.

    Thanks

    https://amazon.com/United-Pacific-10117B-Chrome-Plastic/dp/B01HAFPI4K/ref=sr_1_9?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1542935156&sr=1-9&keywords=round+lug+nut+covers
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