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Old 09-25-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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I walked out to my car today and the passenger side rear wheel was flat. So I get the lugs off, get it up in the air and the wheel wont budge. Kicking, prying, swearing, no joy. Maybe I'm stupid, maybe I'm weak, but this thing would not budge. Am I missing something???
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:38 AM   #2
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Mine have done that, the outside of the rear rotors get a lil corroded and they're a tight fit with the wheel to begin with. Just sit on your ass and alternate kicking opposite sides of the wheel until it breaks loose. Then clean up the rotor and put some antiseize on it or something.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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They seized to the hub. Do you have a big rubber mallet? If so, take a nice slug to the back of the wheel.

OR, pump the tire full of air. Loosen all of the lugnuts. Put the car in reverse. Get on it. Slam on the brakes. Pull forward and do the same thing. You will hear a "pop" and know that you have broken it free.

Then pick up antiseize and put it on the lugs and the facing hub side of the wheel. You won't have to worry about it next time.
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like Topher said! exactly
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:06 AM   #5
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Oh and after you fix it...come to the saab meet at my house next weekend.
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also make sure the hand brake isnt on
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:14 PM   #7
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If you take a rubber mallet to the back of the tire, make sure to have one lug installed just a few turns. Tires can really fly if they want to.
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Screw the mallet and just do what Topher said. You can spend an hour doing with a mallet what you will do in 30 seconds as Topher described.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:02 AM   #9
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I got it off, the mallet worked, I hope the wheel is still straight.
Thanks for the help
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well I hope it was a rubber mallet..
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:19 AM   #11
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I always tried a big sledgehammer first, and used a block of wood against the rim/tire instead of hitting it directly.
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Usually at work if a dead blow mallet won't get a stuck wheel off, I go to the 20 pound sledge. As long as you hit the tire and not the lip of the rim, you're all set. Sometimes it takes one good blow to the lip to get the really stuck ones to budge, and I have yet to bend a rim doing this. Glad you got the wheel off.
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I still like the "loosen the lugs a turn or two and hit the brakes going 5 mph" method
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:31 PM   #15
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That is the absolute last resort, because it means putting the other wheels back on, taking the car off the lift...a lot of work.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:27 AM   #16
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I didnt really use a sledge , but I wanted to, I had a dead blow that did the trick. I was amazed at how "stuck" the wheel was. I've never run into that on any other car. Brake rotors & wheel hubs, yes, but never a wheel. Oh and I found a nail in the tire so now I have to fix that.
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