Changing a tire 101

mazda
mazda3

#1

My left rear tire is flat. I dug out all the tools and donut spare. Loosened the lugnuts and wheel is in the air but seems to be stuck. Any suggestions?


#2

Hit the wheel from behind with soft faced hammer, or something else that won’t damage the wheel.


#3

If all the lug nuts are off, a sharp blow with a hammer may loosen it up.


#4

First just start whacking it some - kick it or something. Use common sense about the jack stability - which basically means don’t leave any part of your body under there & don’t pound it hard enough for the jack to fall over.

If a good few kicks don’t get it loose, put the lug nuts back on but leave them a little bit loose. Let the jack down - maybe gently drive the car a few feet. That should break the wheel free - jack it back up & see.


#5

Another thing to try is put the lug nuts back on 4-5 turns. Then with the tire back on the the ground, try pushing on the side of the vehicle in a rythmic manner so the vehicle starts occilating from side to side. This will sometimes pop off a stuck wheel off the hub.

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