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Old 04-20-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default How to change a tire.

I'm not new to cars, and I'm not stupid. I've removed all the lug nuts, but the wheel won't budge. I'm applied some force, but still won't budge.
Is there a secret?
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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Is it off the ground?



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Lugs are only thing that holds them on
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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The wheel is probably slightly rusted onto the hub, which is keeping it from pulling cleanly off. I ran into this once when changing the wheel on a friend's Honda. The easiest solution is probably to lower the car VERY gradually to put some pressure on the tire/wheel and break it loose. Once it's loose, you can jack it back up and pull it off.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I thought there might be some kind of "theft" device I wasn't familiar with. When I got the lug wrench out of the little bag, there is a Philips screw driver in there too....my imagination got the best of me.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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Happens all the time, just give the side of the tire a good kick.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Ok.....I kicked, I laid on the ground and kicked front and back.....I guess it is really stuck. I'll get some WD40 tomorrow....
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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If it's stuck and a good kick won't get it loose, I have a step program:

Step #1. Put the lugnuts on finger tight. Drop the floor jack.

doesn't break free?

Step #2. Get in the car. Put it in reverse. Go about 3 feet and nail the brakes.

doesn't break free?

Step #3. Go forward (faster than last time) and nail the brakes. Hard. No...Harder than that.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:09 PM   #9
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If it's a front wheel you can also do the lugnuts hand tight, down on the ground and then crank the wheel once or twice.

I have used a 4 pound mini sledge against a piece of wood that was against the wheel on more than one occasion.

Corroded on brake rotors are even worse. I have beaten on those for what seemed like hours.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #10
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The wheel is probably slightly rusted onto the hub, which is keeping it from pulling cleanly off. I ran into this once when changing the wheel on a friend's Honda. The easiest solution is probably to lower the car VERY gradually to put some pressure on the tire/wheel and break it loose. Once it's loose, you can jack it back up and pull it off.
This is exactly correct. I had this occur on my precious cars before.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:04 PM   #11
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I would give the block of wood and a sledge a try. If that doesn't work then any of the suggestions with lowering the car with hand tight lug nuts has to do it I would just be very careful in doing so.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #12
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I take a step stool and wind up and WACK the tire of the wheel and it pops right off. I have to do this all the time. I love the looks I get when I grab the step stool. People think I am nuts. I go from the inside of the car and smack the corner of the inside sidewall.

It is the perfect length so that I can swing from the bumper. It also has enough momentum to pop the wheels off the hubs.

You do not need WD 40.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:14 PM   #13
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What has always worked for me with anything is to put a lugnut or two back on just a few threads, laydown underneath the vehicle if you have the clearance (obviously easier with a shop lift than jack/jackstands) and give the wheel a good hard stomp at the inner flange. No need to get big bertha out
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:47 PM   #14
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With the vehicle safely raised, take off all the lugs, and put one back on a few turns, I pick an upper stud. Beat the inner rim flange with a deadblow. I do this on a daily basis, usually 1 or 2 swings will do the trick.
To help prevent the corrosion, clean off the hub flange, and the rim seat, and apply a light later of silicone lube, or any grease. It won't need much.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #15
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A have a 5 lbs rubber mallet that works great in those situation.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #16
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Kick it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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what kind of car is this?? On the last car I owned, I tac welded the wheels on from the backside right before I traded it in.......
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #18
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Put one of the top lugs on slightly and then just smack the bottom inside of the tire.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #19
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PB blaster works wonders in this situation.... just don't get it on your brake rotor or pads.

also once you get it off, apply some anti seize to the wheel studs and face of the rotor to keep it from happening again.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:07 AM   #20
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just adding to the "kick" camp. I stand with my back to the tire and use the bottom of my foot to kick the tire. But I kick it in a certain way to spin the tire a little. This kind of works it back and forth to get it off.

ADVICE: Once you do get it off, put a little anti-seize on the hub. This should help take care of it in the future.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:58 AM   #21
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Have you tried lifting the wheel, then pulling it off? Sometimes the wheel can get snagged on the threads, especially if there's corrosion.

Also, check to see if your wheel has a concealed anti-theft device.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:06 PM   #22
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Go to the gym. Work your legs. When you've done this properly, go kick that bitch off. Open a beer. Celebrate.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #23
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I put one lug on lose and use a pry bar from the caliper to the rim and pull. Works easy.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:17 PM   #24
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I use a method quite similar to those already mentioned. Any hammer will work, the heavier and wider the head the better. Keep the vehicle off the ground, start one lug nut on, and smack the bottom of the tire from the back side. This may require laying down on the ground. You get a good swing and you're applying force in the correct direction to get the wheel off.

Hitting or kicking from the front requires more force because the wheel has to pivot before breaking loose from the rotor.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #25
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Wrecker drivers use a piece if 4x4 wood about 3 feet long. Ram than on the edge of the rim next to the bead of the tire and it usually pops off on the first shot. Tons of wheels freeze on there and some can be a real bear to get off.
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