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#2599582 - 04/14/12 04:34 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: dishdude]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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Not necessarily.
The old Impreza is on steelies, and the right rear was locked solid to the hub after only four months.
The usual combination of force and desperation got it off after protracted effort.
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#2599606 - 04/14/12 05:06 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
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Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
Hit the tire hard with a sledge . [hit from the inside to the outside]

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#2599707 - 04/14/12 07:23 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
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Registered: 04/28/11
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Loc: Arlington, Va
these are aluminum wheels, turbine style. i'l try these hints tomorrow. i'm going to go at it with sledge

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#2599723 - 04/14/12 07:42 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
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Loc: NJ, USA
Do not hit aluminum wheels directly with the sledge hammer unless it's got a rubber face. Those are pretty rare. Hit the tire, not the wheel. The tire won't crack from hitting it with the sledge. Chunks of the wheel just might break off if you hit them with it. If hitting the tire absorbs too much of the impact you can overinflate the tire to make that cushion harder. If you must strike the wheel, at least protect it with a wooden board or block.

Also, while hitting from the underside delivers the force in the right direction, you can probably get a better swing in from the outside and that may more than make up for it.

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#2599736 - 04/14/12 08:07 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
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For whatever reason a 2x4 or 4x4 works best for me. About 4-5 feet long. Pressure treated is a bonus. Anything bigger is too much to handle.

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#2599874 - 04/14/12 11:37 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
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Loosen the lug nuts, drive very slowly ahead, hit the brakes. If it is still tight, drive very slowly back, hit the brakes. If it is still tight, do it again just slightly faster.

No job too small; no hammer too big....motto of Brute Force & Ignorance Car Repair
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#2600116 - 04/15/12 10:40 AM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
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This was common on older Panthers with aluminum wheels...I usually hooked a crowbar against the LCA or spindle and gave it a hard yank. If that didn't work, a couple thumps against the tire with a weighted mallet usually did.
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#2600137 - 04/15/12 11:09 AM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Ken2]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
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Originally Posted By: Ken2
Loosen the lug nuts, drive very slowly ahead, hit the brakes. If it is still tight, drive very slowly back, hit the brakes. If it is still tight, do it again just slightly faster.

No job too small; no hammer too big....motto of Brute Force & Ignorance Car Repair


Hey, if you think using a hammer the size of a full size Ford station wagon is appropriate to loosen a wheel that's a little stuck, that's cool. I have found 3 to 10 pounds is usually a big enough hammer most of the time.

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#2600270 - 04/15/12 02:21 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: mechtech2]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
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Loc: Chicago Area
Originally Posted By: mechtech2
Hit the tire hard with a sledge . [hit from the inside to the outside]


Note that I said TIRE, not WHEEL.
[And use the flat side of the sledge head].

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#2600288 - 04/15/12 02:39 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
Caliberguy Offline


Registered: 04/28/11
Posts: 209
Loc: Arlington, Va
the hammer inside-outside hit worked!!! wheel cam right off after 2nd blow. no damage.

I appreciate all the help I recieved here. THANKS EVERYONE

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#2600614 - 04/15/12 10:08 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
Carbon Offline


Registered: 09/04/09
Posts: 487
Loc: near Chicago
Try a wheel puller. I hope you haven't ruined your wheel bearings with the prying and pounding. If you have 6 or 9 spokes, the biggest or second-biggest should be good.

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-three-jaw-puller-set-40965.html

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#2600708 - 04/16/12 01:21 AM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Carbon]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 3492
Loc: NJ, USA
There's no need for a puller. He's got the wheel off. I believe the hammering he did wouldn't be against the wheel bearing so much as the differential carrier bearing. That's a mighty big bearing and with the mass of brake parts, axle shaft, and diff all taking up some of the impact it shouldn't be a concern.

My memory must be broken. I was thinking this was a rear wheel.


Edited by yonyon (04/16/12 01:25 AM)

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#2601048 - 04/16/12 02:26 PM Re: can't get tire off car [Re: Caliberguy]
cutter Offline


Registered: 02/06/12
Posts: 746
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
When my alloys get stuck to the rear drums, I use my breaker bar that I used to take the wheel off to wedge in between the spokes and the drum. Break it loose, spin the wheel to the next spoke, easy.

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