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Question Locking Lug Nuts? AND a "which tire should I get?" question

I'm looking to buy an SLK over the Internet at auction. Long story short, the selling dealer doesn't know if there's a keyed socket for the lug-nuts (& the car is at the auction house at this point).
Question: On a 2001 SLK230 with the Sport Package, including the 5-spoke AMG wheels.... did that come from the factory with locking lug-nuts?
If Yes (& I suspect it did): If the keyed socket is no longer with the car, how can the wheels be removed?
I'm going to call a MB Dealer to ask the same questions, but this site is likely a better source of correct information (I hate getting guesses from "service advisors").
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I bought 2004 slk with locking wheel nuts and no socket to undo them, went to main dealership mb, they had two cases with 60 different sockets in each, second box had one to fit, they let me buy it for Ł35.00 , and they order one to replace the one I bought, instead of me driving around without one, So maybe mb may have one
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You can get replacement keys. Here is one source:
https://www.brandsport.com/wheel-lock-lug-nut-keys.html

Failing that, with no key what is usually done is a very slightly smaller socket is just hammered onto the lock nut itself. It'll eventually slip on and the offending lock can then be twisted off in the usual manner.

Sometimes the socket can be saved (punch through with a punch and hammer), sometimes not. The issue is that sometimes that sacrificial socket will scratch/mar the rim itself.

I say usually because usually you just can't wait to get a new key.

Kinda hard to be gentle when you're whacking on it with a 5 lb sledge


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Two different MB Dealers just told me that they have master key sets to get wheels off. Then I can order a new keyed socket for myself. Sounds good!
BTW - I know ppl usually keep that socket in the glove box or center console, but is there a "usual place" where the socket is *originally* stored on the car from the factory?
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Hey, while I'm here, ....the 2001 SLK came from MB with Continental tires, but my 1999 had Michelin Pilot Sports.
Any quick opinions on which tire manufacturer would be best?
City & freeway driving only. No track driving. 2.3L... not a beast.
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Two different MB Dealers just told me that they have master key sets to get wheels off. Then I can order a new keyed socket for myself. Sounds good!
BTW - I know ppl usually keep that socket in the glove box or center console, but is there a "usual place" where the socket is *originally* stored on the car from the factory?
The key is stored in the boot under the floor cover and next to the spare wheel.
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Two different MB Dealers just told me that they have master key sets to get wheels off. Then I can order a new keyed socket for myself. Sounds good!
BTW - I know ppl usually keep that socket in the glove box or center console, but is there a "usual place" where the socket is *originally* stored on the car from the factory?
Mine (the key and the four regular bolts that the locks replaced) are kept in a black plastic box that I keep in the spare tire well that has the goop and air compressor


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Hey, while I'm here, ....the 2001 SLK came from MB with Continental tires, but my 1999 had Michelin Pilot Sports.
Any quick opinions on which tire manufacturer would be best?
City & freeway driving only. No track driving. 2.3L... not a beast.
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Lots and lots and lots of posts. Search is your friend.

Here is one (you can find the rest ) https://www.slkworld.com/tires-wheel...sport-ps2.html

BTW I updated the title of your thread to reflect the tire question BUT it is generally preferable (and more beneficial to you so you get the answers you need) that you start a new thread when you post a new question.


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Tires are like girlfriends/wife’s, everybody has their own personal preferences and requirements.
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Tires are like girlfriends/wife’s, everybody has their own personal preferences and requirements.
I'd like to just go with OEM, which would be the Continentals in 2001. But I liked my Michelin Pilots (OEM) on my 1999. I was just kind of wondering if the switch to Continental tires was considered a "down-grade" or an "up-grade". Did MB switch for an important reason? Did MB enthusiasts generally feel or when MB switched from Michelins to Continentals? OR... no big deal? Generally, *either* is fine unless you're really fussy with your tires?
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It depends what characteristics you want to vehicle to have. There is traction, wear, cornering, ride, cost and various environmental concerns (Snow,ice, temperature ie; summer-dry).
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I switched from Continental to Michelin Pilot Supersport. There is a huge difference between the two! PSS is better in every way except small premium in price.
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If the keyed socket is no longer with the car, how can the wheels be removed?

A slightly oversized socket, a hammer and some brute force will do the trick.


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A slightly oversized socket, a hammer and some brute force will do the trick.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACoMtUa4U1Q
Over? Should be under. Over will just slide without grip.


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Does anyone know.... Did Mercedes originally put "all season" tires on the SLK? (or did they sell 'em with "summer tires" installed?)
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worldwide sales...depends on region

plus wheels/rims are staggered...different sizes front and rear


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Sorry for that omission.

USA cars. Southern States. (Texas)

Did they ship with "summer" tires to the southern USA?

Or, simply "all season" tires to all of USA?
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