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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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Front Driver Side Tire Change Issue

I woke up this morning to find my front driver side tire flat. As instructed I cracked the lugs, raised the vehicle and finally fully unscrewed the lugs. Tire was ~2-3" off the ground at this time. I used every bit of stength but the tire wouldnt seperate from the hub.

I read and reread the directions in the owners manual 3 times and know I am doing everything correct.

What the heck?

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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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probably rust. kick it a few times to free it up.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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I'll give it a swift few kicks after work...thanks for the input
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Unread 09-25-2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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3 lb hammer against the tire ( not wheel ) will knock it loose
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Unread 09-25-2013, 10:30 AM   #5
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Same thing happened to me years ago with my old car, a Chevrolet Optra, what I did was spill some water over the wheel hub and kick the tire everywhere, after 30 kicks and a 2Lts bottle of water, the tire came off.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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3 lb hammer against the tire ( not wheel ) will knock it loose
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Unread 09-25-2013, 12:06 PM   #7
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Donkey kick
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #8
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Remember that jack stability is factor here in kicking/hammering. If light kicking/hammering does not loosen the wheel, does it make sense to then carefully apply a very small amount WD-40/rust penetrant at lug-wheel points first and lightly/moderately tap on tire all the way around to help penetrate rust? (Taking great care not to get penetrant on rotor/pad-rub area!!!) Let penetrant work a few minutes and then try again to lightly/moderately tap/kick wheel to remove it?
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Unread 09-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
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Water nor WD-40 will not do much at all to loosen a wheel , may as well pee on them
You need something to knock the rust right away
PB Blaster or Aerokroil works well
but still the best thing is a couple of good smacks with a 3 lb or larger hammer
was in the tire business long enough to know there's very few that won't come off that way

Plus how long has it been since you rotated your tires, if like you should every 3-4000 miles no way should it be rusted on
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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:57 PM   #10
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Plus how long has it been since you rotated your tires, if like you should every 3-4000 miles no way should it be rusted on
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If I have to break out my 4lbs deadblow to take your wheel/tires off due to corrosion you need to wash your vehicle better(not just the painted shiny part) and rotate your tires more often.
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Set tire back on ground, turn wheel just a bit, pop goes the wheel.....I had to do this for a lady once on the side of the road as there was no other way to break the wheel free. Worked like a charm, no hammer required.
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Set tire back on ground, turn wheel just a bit, pop goes the wheel.....I had to do this for a lady once on the side of the road as there was no other way to break the wheel free. Worked like a charm, no hammer required.
I'm assuming you do the above with wheel nuts loosened a bit, like finger-tight, or? I have always rotated tires regularly and have never had the original poster's problem, but would like to more-precisely understand this tecnique for breaking loose stuck wheel, just in case!!! When I have rotated tires I also often flushed brakes/inspected the surrounding areas (brake hoses, struts/shocks, etc for cracks, leaks, rubbing. etc.) while the wheels are off, and steel brushed the rotor-wheel faces as a best practice for better contact, etc.

(I have often successfully used the WD-40 application/tapping/waiting method for stuck threads on various other items, tho.)
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Unread 09-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #13
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I'm assuming you do the above with wheel nuts loosened a bit, like finger-tight, or? I have always rotated tires regularly and have never had the original poster's problem, but would like to more-precisely understand this tecnique for breaking loose stuck wheel, just in case!!! When I have rotated tires I also often flushed brakes/inspected the surrounding areas (brake hoses, struts/shocks, etc for cracks, leaks, rubbing. etc.) while the wheels are off, and steel brushed the rotor-wheel faces as a best practice for better contact, etc.

(I have often successfully used the WD-40 application/tapping/waiting method for stuck threads on various other items, tho.)
Yes the lugs were loose, but not so loose the wheel was going to fall off. I had kicked the tire so hard it almost knocked the PT Cruiser off the jack, so I decided to try a different route, so I set it on the ground, with the lugs on a bit, then turned the wheel, slightly....popped right off.

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Unread 09-27-2013, 12:15 AM   #14
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Yes the lugs were loose, but not so loose the wheel was going to fall off. I had kicked the tire so hard it almost knocked the PT Cruiser off the jack, so I decided to try a different route, so I set it on the ground, with the lugs on a bit, then turned the wheel, slightly....popped right off.

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Got it now! Makes perfect sense. Thanks.
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Got it now! Makes perfect sense. Thanks.
Of course this only works on the front tires......
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