Tires, rims, lugs, wheel locks, detailing, more
April 17th, 2018, 6:41 pm
I had a question about the OEM Wheel Locks on the Ford Escape. I have a 2nd Generation Escape. I have searched the forum and I wasn't able to find any information about this, and there were only very few posts talking about wheel locks in general.
I want to preface this post with the fact that I understand that if someone wanted to steal wheels, the OEM wheel locks wouldn't put up much of a fight. The way I look at it is that they are more of a theft deterrent. A thief would rather deal with a vehicle that doesn't have wheel locks versus one that does and if someone is looking for more security for their wheels, their best bet would be to go with specialty aftermarket wheel locks.
Onto my question, I was able to pick up a set of OEM Wheel Locks (Part Number: F6SZ-1A043-AA - can be found here: https://accessories.ford.com/chrome-pla ... -8783.html
) for a reasonable price and I was wondering why the wheel locks are extended in length compared to the other lug nuts.
I haven't done any measurements of the wheel lock length vs the lug nut but I have also seen the same style of wheel locks on an F-150 and also an Edge and they do stick out noticeably. I have not seen any other automaker that uses an OEM wheel lock that is longer than the existing lug nuts.
Is there a specific reason why they are made this way? Wouldn't this just make it easier for someone to put an over-sized socket over them if they wanted to take them off? I would appreciate some insight on this.
April 18th, 2018, 4:44 pm
These are the same locks. McGard sells them to Ford. I added them to mine. When they are on the car they don't really appear that noticable unless you are looking specifically at the wheel lugs. These are for aluminum rims, not steel. Not sure what the generations are but these will fit an 05 and they are the same on the 12. probably the same all the way back.https://www.ebay.com/itm/McGard-M12x1-5-Locking-Wheel-Lug-Nuts-Key-3-4-13-16-Hex-Set-of-4/132312551092?epid=115128966&hash=item1ece714eb4:g:-goAAOSwkklZpy5S&vxp=mtr
BTW they make very nice solid lugs. You can get a complete lug/lock kit if you want. Just remember to buy a spare key.
April 28th, 2018, 5:42 pm
That's interesting that McGard makes them in that size on their own. I'm pretty sure McGard makes most of the OEM locks for Manufacturers.
I wanted to add that I mounted them and they're actually almost the same length as the existing OEM lug nuts. They look longer because they have a longer body, but the seat portion is shorter than the OEM lug nuts so the length overall ends up being similar.
I took some pictures but they're not on my phone so I'll add them next time I log in on the PC .
UPDATE: Here's a picture of how it sits compared to the OEM lug nuts.
April 29th, 2019, 5:48 pm
I have McGard locks on mine also.
I envy your wheels! LOL
October 4th, 2019, 8:21 pm
I usually add these locks to my cars. I like their wheel lugs which are solid as opposed to capped. Though the escape lugs actually seem to hold up pretty well compared to the SAE ones provided on many fords.
October 6th, 2019, 8:59 pm
^^What Jay said, I replaced the lugs at the same time.
October 6th, 2019, 9:49 pm
A set for my 2012 Fusion, 2015 Fusion, and 2017 Escape.
There are a few on my 2017 Escape, that only goes to the dealer, that in the 4 wheel rotations it has had, about 10 lug nuts are so hard to get a socket on. I don't live where it rusts or freezes, it is only from the quick lane guys hitting it sloppily with impacts. I had the same capped lugs nuts on 3 other Fords for a combined 35 years and they were okay.
October 12th, 2019, 7:16 pm
If those are the Mcgard are they still USA?
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