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      04-15-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Help! Wheel stuck on rotor

I wanted to change out my 16" 157 all seasons to my summer 17" 161s. I get the lug nuts off ok on the first wheel, but can not for the life of me wiggle the wheel off the rotor. I've never had this problem with any car. This is the first time the wheels have been off the car. The lug nuts were definitely not over torqued when I took them off. Any ideas?
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The wheel is stuck to the rusted lip of the hub. Some people loosen the bolts and smack on the inside of the tire with a bat, others just kick the outside evenly all around the tire. It got so bad with mine the most recent time that I had to loosen the bolts and lower the full weight of the car back onto the ground which will cause a pop sound do so you know it worked.

Once you get it off, clean off the rust with steel wool and apply some high temperature (brush-on) anti-seize to the affected areas.
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Thanks GregL. I still had the car on the jack when you posted your advice. Tapping a rubber mallet around the face of the wheel and a few hard hits with a hand sledge on the inside of the tire front and back did the trick. Thanks again for the help.
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Glad you got the wheel off! Yes, definitely don't be shy with the anti-seize on the center bore lip and clean that rust off!
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