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    I changed the rear shocks at the weekend. In order to do it I was going to remove the wheels. Got the nuts off, but couldn't shift the wheel off the hub/disc. I assume that the alloy and steel react and 'weld' themselves together. I have tried kicking them and hitting them with a mallet (tyre not wheel) and tried prying it with a bar but not to any avail. I even tried dropping the car back on the ground with the nuts loose and driving forward with the handbrake on.

    Has anyone had this problem and if so how did you get them off?

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    we use a rubber mallet on the inside of the wheel rim (go easy though) and try to soak some wd40 or similar in through the wheel center cap (keep it away from the brakes)

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    Don't forget a wipe of copper grease on the centre flange before refitting the wheel. Saves a lot of grief next time!
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    I phoned green flag to get mine off, the worst he had seen he said, took him 20 minutes of banging with a mallet and plank !! Luckily it was a fine day and in the morning at home, would have been stuffed if it was dark and raining beside the road !!

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    Had this problem with Mrs Gsi's Vec..

    Ended up smacking the rim with a softheaded mallet for up to 15 mins each..

    brute force seemed to be the only way..

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    You could try to loosen all bults (on one wheel) a few turns and the do a couple of "flying starts" (only a few yards.

    It sometimes helps

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    I used a block of wood & a large lump hammer.

    I tried the usual kicking etc. & was unsuccessful.

    The hammer did the trick, but I wouldn't hit it too hard in case you bend the wheels!

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    Had this on both mine and Mrs D's absolute nightmare brute force is the only way im affraid and lots of copper grease when you put them back on !!!!!!!

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

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    try this trick. It works to get brake discs loose but the principle could be used here too, as long as you have a helper with gloves on.

    Jack the wheel up, loosen all the nuts, start the engine, put it in gear and slowly start to accelerate. when you get up say 10mph on the speedo (remember you will be stationonary), jam the brakes on. The braking force on the unrestricted wheel may jolt it loose. As i say, its perfect for loosing brak discs but they get clamped by the caliper.

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    I would suggest that this stunt shouldn't be performed with the car on the VX jack !!! Putting the handbrake on "extra" hard and chocking the other wheels might be sensible.......
    Oh dear, all the forces/inertia of a spinning wheel.......Stand clear!!!

    Actually, I'd do it some other way!
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