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Old 06-22-2005, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone have any handy ideas as to how to remove my wheel from it's hub. it is seized solid. I have pulled at it with all of my weight to no avail. PLEAESE HELP! my car is currently on the stands awaiting the rest of it's brake job
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1) Take a hose and spray it with cold water until it becomes loose. (May work with hot water as well, I'm probably thinking of glass damage used )

2) Spray a de-icer on it.

Thats about all I can think of...

Hope this helps a lil =\ .
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yeah I tried taking a wheel off the other day and it wouldn't budge.
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well, thanks for the quick replies. I think i'm going to take it to a shop in town and have them pull the wheel off with some fancy wheel-puller contraption. If not, i'll try and see if Autozone has any such tools to rent out. in the meantime i'll be riding around on one new rear rotor/pads/and e-brake shoes and one rear rotor that is warped to shit. I gues i'm lucky that it's not my front brakes, that would be sucky.
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had the same problem and I took it to the local shop that I've been using to install my tire rack tires. They put it up on the lift and banged on the wheel with a rubber mallet. It came off after just a few hits. I'd done everything I could think of while it was on the jack stands, but I was worried about banging on the wheel while under the car while it was up on stands. Oh yeah, and I don't have a rubber mallet.
If you don't have a shop that will do this for little or no charge, take it to a brake shop for a quote. They'll have to get the wheel off to look and who knows, it may be worth letting them do the brakes too.
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Mine was seized so bad that after I removed the lugs I dropped the car down gradually on the wheel to budge it. The freaking wheel took the whole cars weight and still didnt lossen.. This is how I got it off:

-Purchase PB Blaster and spray into the lug holes and around the hub. The longer you wait for it to absorb, the better it works.
-Then lay on your back and kick the wheel with the bottom of your shoes.
-The wheel will finally come off using this method! A good ten kicks or so and that bastard was off..
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well, i just got back from the mechanic. He charged me $18 to get the wheel off. It's kinda bullshit. Especially since he just banged at it with a hammer. fucker. i would have done it myself, but after replacing the emergency brake assembly on the other wheel last night, i was pretty sick of fucking around with stupid stuff like that.
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A really big hammer is always the solution to any hard problem when it comes to cars. For instance, when the "special" tool got stripped that forces in the wheel bearing, what did we use to install the wheel bearing?
a) we didn't beacuse the special tool was broken
B) a rubber ducky
c) a hammer and a 2x4

The correct answer is C. And I hit the 2x4 hard enough to break it in half length wise.

So yes, go out and purchas a very large rubber mallet. All of you, about the size of your fist, if not bigger. THen whenever something goes wrong, with putting something of or taking something off of your car, I bet if you were to take it to a mechanic, they would simply hit it with a hammer or air hammer, or hammer and chisel looking thing until it coperates.

Sorry I didn't check the forums yesterday to give my wonderful adivce when it coulda saved you $18. Or costed you $18 but then you would have a big rubber hammer.
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