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Old 02-09-2002, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Tire won't come off ...

Ok, so I wanted to check my rear brake pads today, since the weather is cooperating.

I jacked the car up off the tire, took off all the lugs, and the stupid tire was still stuck on like it was welded there. I tried to set it off for 15 minutes before giving up and putting the lugs back on.

Is there a trick to getting tires off when they are stuck like this? Thanks!

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Old 02-09-2002, 04:53 PM   #2
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If these are the steel rims you bought from me, an easy way is to take the nuts off while the car is in the air and SLOWLY let it back down... the wheel will suddenly give.
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Old 02-09-2002, 04:55 PM   #3
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An old trick used for many years in the auto repair trade is to park the car on a flat surface.
Loosen all the lug nuts about a 1/2 turn, not enough so they spin freely, but just enough to take the strain off the wheel and slowly drive the car back and forth a couple of times. Then you jack it up, and you should be able to get the wheel off.

It is usually caused by corrosion, or dirt/rust build up etc that fills all the available space that normally gives you clearence to remove the wheel. Don't get carried away moving the car or you could break a lug bolt, all you want to do is make the weight of the car force the wheel to flex a little bit to break the bond between the hub and the wheels.


Some times it helps to get the wheel warm first, so if the first doesn't help, Run the lug nuts back up, and drive the car around a bit and work the brakes some to warm up the wheel and hub, then try it again.


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Old 02-09-2002, 04:58 PM   #4
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After you get the wheel off, make sure you clean up the hub and wheel so it's not so bad next time.
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Old 02-09-2002, 05:10 PM   #5
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Thanks. I will try again tommorow. I do live in NY, so I probably have about 5 pounds of salt and dirt in my tires. there is a very small amount of corrosion that I could see, but not much really.
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Old 02-09-2002, 06:05 PM   #6
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you could just hit the tire with your fist, or mallet, or foot.

i usually give it a good kick in this situation, plus its a form of stress relief.

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Old 02-09-2002, 06:09 PM   #7
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you could just hit the tire with your fist, or mallet, or foot.

i usually give it a good kick in this situation, plus its a form of stress relief.

EJ20WRX
I did kick it alot, but was afraid I might kick it off the jack. was also afraid I would bend the steek shank in my shoe if I kept it up
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