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How to get off wheels that are stuck to the wheel rim

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How to get off wheels that are stuck to the wheel rim

Post by Soulmonster on Sun May 13, 2012 3:02 am

The bi-annual ritual of changing car wheels took place today. The winter wheels had to be taken off and the summer wheels on. This is a job that usually takes 30 minutes, but today I encountered a problem: One of the wheels was completely stuck to the wheel rim. I started using raw force trying to pry it off. When that didn't work I tried pouring boiling water at the point where the wheel is attached to the rim, but also without success. Then I found a nice, long piece of 4x2 wood and tried hammering it off from the other side of the car, but still without success but with plenty of irritation and swearing. Then I put the screws back on, but didn't tighten them completely. I then drove a few meters and braked all I could. A loud snap could be heard when the wheel came of the rim. I carefully backed back and could easily take off the wheel. It was a bit scary driving with the screws not properly tightened, but I guess there was no risk of the whole wheel coming off from just a short drive.

Before putting on the new wheel I cleaned the wheel rim and added plenty of copper paste. Hopefully I will not have this problem again.

I feel about 5 % more of a man now.
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Re: How to get off wheels that are stuck to the wheel rim

Post by Johan on Mon May 14, 2012 9:57 pm

I never changed tyres in winter... Razz

Although in our last 3 winters it would have been worthwhile!

But well done, sir! sfhaetdj
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Post by Soulmonster on Mon May 14, 2012 9:59 pm

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