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    Default When did you last take you wheels off?

    Decided to swap the fronts and rears today (standard GSi/Elite wheels), said to the wife I would be an hours or so (took me bl@@dy hours ). I reckon they have not been off for about 7 - 8 months.

    The fronts came off no problem but the backs were firmly stuck. Tried all the slackening bolts and wiggling on the ground – but nothing moved.
    Eventually after leverage from the front (carefully against the disc) and a fence post levering against the spring at the back it moved little by little. Got them off eventually, the surfaces are cleaned up and gave them a thin smear of copped slip.

    I would not have had a chance if I needed to replace one of the back tyres away from home (don’t have fence posts in the car toolkit). If you have not had your wheels off for a while it would be worth a quick check in the relative comfort of your own drive/home. I’ve even got the tattoos on the knuckles to remained me over the next few days (skin on your knuckles is overrated).

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    yep..sadly the VX alloys corrode to the hubs.....hence a smear of coppergrease is always good practice...


    my wheels come off every month for cleaning....

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    Yep i have fallen foul of this as well now the wheels come off at least every month and go back on with a smear of copper slip sorts them right out !!!!!

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    Mine usually come of in the summer because theres more daylight to spend on cleaning ect. In the winter i just want to wash it and get back inside lol

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    Nice tip........

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    my wheels are taken off at my mate's garage, if they get stuck he has to get em off
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    Once a month looks like the way to go then

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    errr..... never
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    errr..... never
    Better get the BIG hammer then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swatty View Post
    Once a month looks like the way to go then
    And as Mark Says. Clean the mating faces with a wire brush/Emery tape & smear with copper grease

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