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Old 04-19-2003, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Winter steel wheels rusted to hubs...

Okay, this is going to sound extremely dumb, but, I have a problem with this.

So I've been trying to change back to my summer tires now for an hour, but I can't get the steelies off. They seem to be stuck onto the hubs because of rust. I've tried banging them loose, which worked last year when they were just a little stuck. This year they seem to be really stuck on there, and won't just break loose from force.

I haven't tried anything like WD-40 yet because first, I don't have any, and second, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of spraying that all over my brakes.

Has anyone else ever had a problem like this, and if so, do you have a solution?

Edit: Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I hadn't noticed the "split" until after posting this.
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Old 04-19-2003, 09:17 PM   #2
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But you wouldn't be spraying it all over your brakes... direct it with the tube at the "hat" of the rotor and then at the base of your wheel studs. Tap the wheel with a hammer to spread the WD40 and go have a cup of coffee . You should have more luck when you come back. Another trick I personally haven't tried is to remove all your lugs and let the car down on the pavement and rock it a little. The weight of the car combined with the movement breaks the wheel free.


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Don't force it. Get a bigger hammer. ;-) A 10-pounder usually works pretty well for me.


NEXT year, give a liberal smear of anti-sieze compound on any contacting surfaces so they can't rust together.
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The rocking method probably works, but try this first... that is unless you figured it out by now.

When the car's up on the jack, sit/lie down next to the wheel and give one side of the tire a good hard kick. That usually breaks it loose. I had to do that to one of my winter steelies the other day.
So long as cars have parts made of rust-susceptible metal, crap like this will happen. On ANY car!

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Yeah, so I tightened down the lugs again, went out and got some penetrating oil, brake cleaner, anti-seize, and a wire brush.

It's dark outside now, so I guess I'll re-attempt the change tomorrow when it's light outside again.
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Yeah, so I tightened down the lugs again, went out and got some penetrating oil, brake cleaner, anti-seize, and a wire brush.

It's dark outside now, so I guess I'll re-attempt the change tomorrow when it's light outside again.
You puss....get back out there and do it in the dark!

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Old 04-19-2003, 10:18 PM   #7
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Actually, I couldn't help myself either, so I went and tried it, and got them to pop loose with WD-40 and a couple of kicks I were sure would drop the car off the jack (luckily they didn't).

What a PITA though. I started all this @ 6:30, thinking I would be an hour at most.
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Another trick I personally haven't tried is to remove all your lugs and let the car down on the pavement and rock it a little. The weight of the car combined with the movement breaks the wheel free.


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Wouldn't it be a tad safer to leave the lugs on, just loosened up a few turns?
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I just slowly lower the car without the lugnuts on until the wheel snaps free. Been doing it for years without any trouble.

Just make sure to go slow!
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dont lie down under the car to give that kick outwards.

i would spray wd40 between the wheel and hub and let it
sit for a few minutes before malletting it loose. keep your
lugs loosely on the studs so that the wheel doesnt fly off.
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Wouldn't it be a tad safer to leave the lugs on, just loosened up a few turns?
Yeah, but the pucker factor isn't nearly as high !


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