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    Default An Old Trick That Really Works

    Friday afternoon and I find myself changing the wheel on a friend's Ford Ka (don't ask...lol) due to a puncture, and like many poorly maintained cars the wheel wouldn't come off once the car was jacked up and the wheel nuts removed. As I was using the weedy Ford jack and not axle stands, applying more than moderate force to the wheel to free it wasn't an option, so I used a trick I've read about on here - put the wheel nuts back on, leave them a little loose, lower the car back down and start the car and drive it a few feet. This should cause the wheel to free itself. In fact, if the tyre you want to remove is flat and is on the front, as in this case, you don't even need to move the car back or forth, just turning the steering wheel left and right will do the trick because the flat tyre is reluctant to move and thus tries to resist the swivelling movement of the hub.

    My point is, it really works, and takes just a few minutes of effort (lowering the car and then jacking it back up again), so if you find yourself in a similar predicament, try this rather than resorting to bashing at the wheel/tyre with a hammer.

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    I just kick the top of the wheel lol that soon gets it off.

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    Indeed a great tip. I have used this myself when the alloy rim "welds" onto the steel of the hub. I routinely use coppergrease to prevent this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    Indeed a great tip. I have used this myself when the alloy rim "welds" onto the steel of the hub. I routinely use coppergrease to prevent this.


    I also use copper grease every time the wheels are off...

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    I just kick it too lol...

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    I'd kick it if it was on axle stands....maybe even on a trolley jack. But not on one of those spindly jacks that doesn't even stand upright unless the weight of the car is on it, which is even worse than the scissor jack you get with a Vectra.

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    lol a trick ive seen used before, and very useful.

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    I lowered my car to the ground a little just enough off the ground so that when I used the ground as a slide I whacked a hide mallet against the and the wheel soon came off. Obviously leave two wheel nut on loose though.tyre

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