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Remove stuck wheel

Remove stuck wheel

If you have a flat tire and have to remove a stuck wheel, here’s how to remove it.

Having to remove a stuck wheel happens more often than you think. Whether you own a vehicle with steel wheels or aluminum alloys, once it rusts (corrodes) to the wheel hub, it’s pretty much stuck on your car. Here’s the way to remove a wheel that’s stuck on your car.

Start by removing the wheel cover or hub cap. Then spray rust penetrant between the wheel stud and the wheel at each stud. Really pump in the spray. You want it to widk behind the wheel and flow down. stuck wheel, wheel stuck on car, how to remove stuck wheelBy the way, when I say rust penetrant I do NOT mean WD-40. That’s an all-purpose lubricant. It’s not a rust penetrant. It may work eventually to free up the wheel. But why waste all that product and all your time when a real rust penetrant works much faster and saves you all that work? I prefer Liquid Wrench, PB Blaster, or FreezeOFF. rust penentrant, penetrating oil, Liquid Wrench, WD-40WD-40, penetrating oil, rust penetrant, PB Blasterpenetrating oil, rust penetrant, Freeze-Off, PB Blaster, Liquid wrenchrust penetrant, penetrating oil, stuck wheel, WD-40I haven’t tried the new WD-40 Rust Specialist, but WD-40 tells me that product IS designed to break up rust.

So spray the areas by each stud and then spray all around the area where the wheel meets the center hub. stuck wheel, stuck rim, wheel rusted to car, remove stuck wheelLet it soak for about 15-mins. Then rotate the wheel 180 degrees and repeat the application.

Then place a block of wood against the outer edge of the rim and smack it with a maul. Rotate the wheel 1/4 –turn after each hit. Continue hitting until it breaks loose.


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