Can not remove wheels


#1

I’m trying to replace the brake pads on a

2000 Ford Focus wagon. The lugs nuts came

off easily enough, the wheels however seem

to be welded to the hubs. I tried pounding

a wedge at the apparent joint between the

wheel and hub. Nothing! Help!


#2

Put the lug nuts back on but leave them SLIGHTLY loose.
Back the car up and hit the brakes a few times.
That should break them loose.

(Aluminum alloy will corrode and stick to the steel hubs, and this problem is not that rare.)


#3

THANK YOU!! Done.

May you always be able to get up after you lie down.


#4

what a wicked good idea. i never thought of that!!

i always get a long 4x4 and wail on the tires. see something simpler is just around the cartalk corner!

gheesh, and the guy complaining about muscle cars (or lack therof) doesn’t like cartalk!


#5

Over time aluminum will corrode and stick to steel, and not just on wheels either. Pistons/cylinder walls, water pump/engine block, etc. can all do it.

A guy I used to work with made a circle in the parking lot one time with a 70s era Thunderbird and asked me if I noticed anything funny about the car.
ALL of the lug nuts were off the 2 front wheels when he did this. More guts than me.


#6

If you put a little anti sieze on the hub before reinstalling the wheel this problem goes away.


#7

Excellent idea. I had to call AAA/wait for a tow truck driver who though I was weak or something not being able to remove a rusty civic wheel.

He took a heavy tow component of his wrecker and whacked the tire sidewall to knock it off the car.

Great idea!


#8

A slight variation, if you can’t move the car: Loosen the lug nuts two, or three, turns (with the tires still on the ground); ROCK the car side to side. Jack the car up. Are the wheels loose? If not, loosen the lug nuts one more turn, and rock again.