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      01-21-2016, 07:17 AM   #1
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How to Remove a Stuck Wheel

Hey Guys,

Just swapped out my Summer Wheels for my Winter's and my wheels were stuck.

I bought the car with 45k miles on it and I don't think the previous owner ever removed or rotated the wheels, so they were pretty stuck.

Here's how I got them off:



Hope this helps.

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...and how to prevent that from happening? Some sort of grease?
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...and how to prevent that from happening? Some sort of grease?
Copper anti-sieze on the hub lip.
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...and how to prevent that from happening? Some sort of grease?
Copper anti-sieze on the hub lip.
Yea that should do the trick. I mainly had an issue because I don't think that they were ever taken off the car, so after 3 years... They got stuck.

You could also just make sure that you keep up with tire rotations to keep them loose.
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Leaving a loose bolt or two in so the wheel doesn't fall on it face might be wise.
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Leaving a loose bolt or two in so the wheel doesn't fall on it face might be wise.
That's actually a really good tip, I completely forgot about that.
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Easiest way to loose all tires at once: Loosen all bolts that the cone is looking slightly outta the rimhole, get into the car, start the engine and let the car roll. Step instantly onto the brake and observe the wheels will make some knocking noises, when loosing. Thats it.
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i'd be afraid of scuffing the wheel....I ended up raising and lowering the jack several times and the force of that broke it loose
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i'd be afraid of scuffing the wheel....I ended up raising and lowering the jack several times and the force of that broke it loose
My tires are plenty big, so if it fell on its face it wouldn't damage it. Definitely a good idea to throw a loose lug bolt in there to catch it.
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That guy 100% bent his brake rotor dust guard, lol. I wouldn't recommend kicking it off like that.
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Yea that should do the trick. I mainly had an issue because I don't think that they were ever taken off the car, so after 3 years... They got stuck.

You could also just make sure that you keep up with tire rotations to keep them loose.
My wife's car was brand new when I had the same issue swapping the summers for the winters. It doesn't seem to take long for the rim to bond to the hub.

I found that spraying the seam between the hub & rim with WD40 then letting it soak for 15 minutes made it a lot easier to get off. I used a rubber mallet just banging on the tire and not the rim though.
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Yea that should do the trick. I mainly had an issue because I don't think that they were ever taken off the car, so after 3 years... They got stuck.

You could also just make sure that you keep up with tire rotations to keep them loose.
My wife's car was brand new when I had the same issue swapping the summers for the winters. It doesn't seem to take long for the rim to bond to the hub.

I found that spraying the seam between the hub & rim with WD40 then letting it soak for 15 minutes made it a lot easier to get off. I used a rubber mallet just banging on the tire and not the rim though.
It's one of those things that catches you completely off guard when you come across it..

I've had about 8 cars (including my wife's 2) and this is the first time I had the problem...

Goes to show that you just never know..
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My tires are plenty big, so if it fell on its face it wouldn't damage it. Definitely a good idea to throw a loose lug bolt in there to catch it.
i meant hitting my shoe against the actual rim i wouldn't want to do.
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My wife's car was brand new when I had the same issue swapping the summers for the winters. It doesn't seem to take long for the rim to bond to the hub.
Same here. Only 8 months after the car's manufacture date one of the wheels was stuck on. A few good smacks and it came loose. I put anti seize on the hubs at every rotation now.
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The sledge / rubber mallet is def the better option.. your ankles were probably sore the next day after kicking your wheels... but if the issue is that you dont have a rubber mallet...

Pull the jack handle out of the jack and use it.
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I was at my buddies shop and I saw what he does. The big difference for him is the car is on a lift so the car is totally secure! I had to get a stuck wheel off in my garage and on jack stands or a floor jack I needed to be very careful that car didn't fall. Yes...it can take some serious wacks to get one of these wheels loose!

First he tried a rubber mallet. He hits the inside of the tire (from under the car) Gives it a whole bunch of smacks. If that doesn't work he puts a length of 2x4 behind the wheel. He has a piece cut about 4 feet long. One guy hold the 2x4 flush to the tire (on the inside of wheel/tire) and the other guy uses a sledge hammer to hit it. It only took a moderate hit to do the job.

Drives him nuts. He says every week he has some car come in that has a stuck wheel or lug nuts torqued to 250lbs/ft (his other big beef!). Just a cheap little bit of anti seize compound and this will never happen!
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Just a cheap little bit of anti seize compound and this will never happen!
Did this since over 30 years and Im driving cars and stuck wheels are a mystery
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