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    Oh boy, did i have fun yesterday afternoon..

    Had my arm twisted to wash mrs GSi's vec but couldn't get the alloy's really clean as they're a bu##er to get between the spokes ( Irmy Signa's). So i thought i'd just whip them off and wash the inside as well.. Could I shift them??

    They'd corroded on to the hub's to the point that I had to literally hammer them off with my snappy softface . About 5 mins hammering per wheel.. Once off , out with the emery paper to remove the oxide on the hub's and the inside boss of the wheel.. and paint the calipers while the wheel's off.. body colour this time.. before re-mounting the wheel onto a coppergreased hub.

    But the moral of this tale is simple.. If I can't get them off easily, how was the missus supposed to shift them.. If you beleive in faries, then they came off for network Q 4 weeks ago.. So it's worth a check that you can actually remove the wheels before that night on a dark lane..

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    I had a few problems getting my alloys off when I wanted to paint my calipers a while ago. don't sound quite as bad you yours though bud.

    I've told the missus not to bother changing any wheel on any car, and to call either me (if close enough) or the 4th emergency service. But she's not mechanically minded in the slightest!

    Good advice though Mark, cheers.

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    What I do is to put a smear of grease on the hub,it tends to protect the wheel from corrosion and the wheel comes of freely next time.

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    Copper grease is ideal

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    That is what I use Doug.. copper slip is the name I use it too when changeing the brake pads as it is heat resistant too.

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    I had the same problem with mine, I had to call out greenflag as I wasn`t at home and had no tools, wasn`t going to whack it on the vx jack thats for sure !! Took the guy 20 minutes to get it off, worst he had seen he said. I did the rest when I got home in case of a puncture on another wheel, with the obligatory copper grease of course ...

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    I wonder! I if you took all the wheel studs out on the offending wheel, then if front wheels put it in gear, rear wheels applied the hand brake and tried to rotate the wheel [car on jack of course] by hand, I wonder if you would have enough leverage to move it??

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    Literally laying the boot in works most of the time. A few well placed kicks on the tyre can loosen the wheel enough to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor
    I wonder! I if you took all the wheel studs out on the offending wheel, then if front wheels put it in gear, rear wheels applied the hand brake and tried to rotate the wheel [car on jack of course] by hand, I wonder if you would have enough leverage to move it??

    Couldn't even shift them like that Ed.. I was cursing the Stealer as I was whacking away.. Shouldn't have to abuse the wheels like this.. Found out today that the old man's recently purchased 05 SRi is the same.. Not Chuffed..

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    Copper grease and lots of the stuff on the hubs to stop them from sticking
    its down to the salt on the roads this time of year
    also you can get a copper plate that bolts to the hut onmy a few mm but it works some wheel shops sell them

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