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    Thread: Need quick help: Wheel won't come off

    1. 04-07-2012 07:04 AM #1
      I'm in the middle of nowhere right now with a flat. Got the car jacked up with the lug nuts off but wheel won't budge. I sprayed all the contact points with wd-40, put the lug nuts on loosely, lowered the car, and drove back and forth a few feet trying to break the wheel loose but no luck. Any other ideas to get this POS off while I wait for someone to pick me up?


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    2. 04-07-2012 07:15 AM #2
      Have you tried a heavy duty rubber mallet?


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      04-07-2012 07:21 AM #3
      Sit on your butt in front of the wheel and kick it with both feet
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      04-07-2012 07:47 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Run L1ke H3LL View Post
      Sit on your butt in front of the wheel and kick it with both feet
      This, also try kicking the bottom of the wheel towards the car. I had a wheel that was stuck on a few months ago and it was the only way to get it off. Just be careful that you aren't rocking the car off of the jack. Good luck!

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      04-07-2012 07:58 AM #5
      Also try switching between kicking top and bottom, or front and rear of the tire... shake it up!

    6. 04-07-2012 08:05 AM #6
      Yep, it just needs a good jolt. You do want to be very careful doing this though on the side of the road with a car jacked up.

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      04-07-2012 08:11 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Run L1ke H3LL View Post
      Sit on your butt in front of the wheel and kick it with both feet
      Another vote for this.

      Don't use a mallet unless you REALLY trust your aim. I'd hate to see you smash a fender or dent a lip.

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      04-07-2012 08:17 AM #8
      When you get the wheel off (it will come off, it's just corroded to the hub), clean the surfaces up very thoroughly (might need a wire wheel attachment on a drill) and apply a very light coating of anti-seize to the hub. It will save you the trouble of going thru this again. You can also apply a small amount to the wheel bolts themselves. And no it does not help them fall out later on... it just stops them from seizing, and by lubricating them you actually get a more accurate torque/contact pressure where it should be - not just due to tightness in the threads. Been using anti-seize since I was a kid, helping out my dad with wheel changes - and the wheel nuts/bolts were as tight as we put them on.

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      04-07-2012 08:30 AM #9
      Can't believe we're seven posts in and this hasn't come up yet.



      Seriously. Kick it like they said earlier.

    10. 04-07-2012 08:36 AM #10
      Got it off. Thanks for the tips. Had to have a coworker come out with a hammer and beat it off. Dented the **** outta my rim though but not the edge or anything.


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      04-07-2012 08:56 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post


      Ha ha! I remember that thread.
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    12. 04-07-2012 09:02 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubspeed View Post
      Another vote for this.

      Don't use a mallet unless you REALLY trust your aim. I'd hate to see you smash a fender or dent a lip.

      Bent there...dent that.
      how would you hit the fender when you should be hitting the back of the wheel to get it off the hub?
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      04-07-2012 09:11 AM #13
      exactly

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      04-07-2012 09:17 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by ForVWLife View Post
      how would you hit the fender when you should be hitting the back of the wheel to get it off the hub?
      Unless it was on a lift i sure as **** wouldnt hit the inside of the wheel.

      You hit the outside edges to loosen it fom the hub

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      04-08-2012 07:43 AM #15
      Got it off; that's good.

      Funny how maintenance schedules specify small things like how often to lubricate the fuel-door hinge, but never address this. Why not say as part of the intermediate service all wheels get removed?

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      04-08-2012 07:51 AM #16
      next time that happens, loosen the lugs a couple of threads and drive slowly while swerving. after a few hard turns, you'll hear a loud clunk. your wheel will be free.

      that said, not sure how well that works on a flat, which is what I assume you had.

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      04-08-2012 08:19 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by cityjohn View Post
      Got it off; that's good.

      Funny how maintenance schedules specify small things like how often to lubricate the fuel-door hinge, but never address this. Why not say as part of the intermediate service all wheels get removed?
      Tire rotation. And apply some antiseize to the hub pilot only once the wheel is off. Do NOT put any on the fasteners, as this can allow overtightening, and stretched or broken studs or lugs.

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      04-08-2012 08:35 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by boner View Post
      next time that happens, loosen the lugs a couple of threads and drive slowly while swerving. after a few hard turns, you'll hear a loud clunk. your wheel will be free.

      that said, not sure how well that works on a flat, which is what I assume you had.
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      04-08-2012 10:30 AM #19
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