I was going to switch over rims/tires from summer to winter tonight.
One of the rim is stuck frozen on the hub. Rocking with lug nuts loose
or hitting with mallet can't loosen it up. Any suggestions to get this
thing off? Or do I need a trip to a tire shop. Summer tires are on OEM
Al. rims, winter ones are on steel rims
What I would do - me - not you:
Back off all lug nuts 1/2 turn from contact with the rim.
Drive it forward and back 10 feet until it breaks loose.
Turn the wheel back and forth as you do it
Brake hard when stopping backwards movement.
Never tried, but that's what I'd do.
A shop will put ain air hammer on it to break it loose.
I also have aluminium wheels, they are a pain. I would loosen the lug
nuts a 3/4 turn, and then drive forward in tight circles, but turning
the steering wheel abruptly left and right until you hear a clunk.
Essentially what Vic said, only a little more aggressive.
Last night I went out to cabin and brought 10# sledge hammer back. B4 I
use it I loosened lug nuts half turn or so and drove around the block,
stop-go repeat, go up and down the gutter edge. It did not work.
Then I used the hammer and 2x6 lumber piece to protect the rim. One
gentle but subtle whack to the rim/tire from inside out, it worked the
first time. Forecast is snow on Monday. Wife will feel safer if it does
snow. Long range forecast is coldest weather in 20 years. We're
preparing for it. AWD + good snow tires will help us driving in, out of
Thank you all for helpful suggestions. I used some anti-seize compound
hoping it'll be easier in the spring for summer tires.
On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:51:04 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Whatever works. Never had a wheel stuck on so bad a couple good kicks
didn't break it loose. That's dicey when it's on a stick jack.
Had a rotor stuck on so bad it took many full whacks with a 15 pound
sledge to get it loose. I screwed the wheel bearing doing that.
If ya don't have it unfrozen yet, you can try what we do on truck rims.
Have the vehicle's tire off the ground, sledge the _tire_, not the rim.
Rotate tire to different positions so you're not hitting the same area. Do
not take the lugs all the way off when doing this, just have them loose.
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