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05-14-2005, 03:41 AM
I got a flat not too long ago.. Good thing it was close to home.
I went to change it and for the life of me, I couldn't get the rim of the hub.... (yes, bolts were out..lol)
I was trying everything to get it loose... the car shook so much it almost rocked off the jack.
Anyone had this happen to them? What do I do to get it off???
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
05-14-2005, 03:49 AM
Yeah, I had that problem when I didn't put the hubcaps on my winter wheels
What I did was just sit down on the ground, and kick one side of the wheel till it came of.. It wasn't the smartest thing in the world, but hey, it worked. I probably wouldn't advise doing it, but that's what I did. If you are gonna do this, put a spare tire under the car so it will drop on that instead of the ground.
05-14-2005, 04:05 AM
Had the same issue with my M-lightweight wheels on my e36. I tapped it lightly on the inside rim with a hammer wrapped in cloth( Turn the wheel and tap). It took a veeeery long time though. Good luck...just keep at it, and eventually it'll come off.
05-14-2005, 09:48 AM
It is just rust.
Take a big hammer and hit the tire untill it comes off...don't be afraid to give it a good wack since it won't do any damage (unless you hit the wheel). Once it is off clean the hub with a wire wheel and apply some grease before you put your wheel back on.
05-14-2005, 11:17 AM
take it to a shop where they can put it on a hoist, its much safer.
If your just swapping rims with tires already mounted, they wont charge much.
05-14-2005, 11:24 AM
Ah,....the old wheel-hub problem.
With the bolts off try:
-Kicking the wheel at 4 and 8 o'clock positions
-Lower the lift to put a little pressure on the wheel
-Use a BFH or rubber mallet on the inside of the tire
All my wheels were on so tight I had to use a piece of 2x4 as a spacer directly on the rim and hit it with the hammer. It's easier to do on the front wheels becuase they can rotate. As for the rear, I hammered the inside rim with a 5 foot piece of 2x4 from the opposite side of the car.
Please use caution or goto a professional.
05-14-2005, 12:36 PM
or try this.... depending which model bmw you have, if an e46, the jack is perfect such that you can fit the base of the jack against the rotor and the jack part against the inner part of the spoke.......it may take a bit of different positions and when you do get it in there, start jacking slowly.... it will lodge itself out..... make sense?
05-14-2005, 01:06 PM
I had the same problem and "luckily" the car actually fell of the jack when I was pounding the wheel and thats what finally loosened it..
alternatively as others have mentioned but a 2x4 behind and pound the shit out of it with a hammer. If you really get desperate put the wheel bolts on loosely and drive the car around the block, try going over small bumps at slow speed if you have to. Risky though!!
05-14-2005, 05:28 PM
Take your car for a spin after you've removed the bolts...a surefire way to get any stubborn rim off :D
05-14-2005, 09:22 PM
Bavarian Autosport has these non-metallic discs that you put between the hub and wheel to prevent sticking. Now I wonder if someone sells this local?
05-14-2005, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the help guys... It finally came off after using some wood and a hammer.
05-14-2005, 10:07 PM
there's a fun way to take off the wheels....... this what our shop teacher told us to do back in high school...........he said to loosen all the bolts. (about half way or so) then take the car out do a hard corner. u'll feel weheel fall out of place. and then slowly drive home........... he's a great teacher but kinda nuts if u ask me...LoL anyone go to streetsville (shitsville) can agree with me
05-14-2005, 10:20 PM
there's a fun way to take off the wheels....... this what our shop teacher told us to do back in high school...........he said to loosen all the bolts. (about half way or so) then take the car out do a hard corner. u'll feel weheel fall out of place. and then slowly drive home...........
Must do wonders to the threads on the bolts. *no-no*
05-14-2005, 10:25 PM
lol Seems taht everyone has had this problem, and had their own unique way of getting them off.
05-14-2005, 10:45 PM
just use a large (8lbs or 10lbs) sledge hammer, if your worried about denting the rim, use a peice of wood in between, this usually happens when you over tighten the bolts, make sure its around 75ft/lbs when you torque down the bolts. if its a steel rim I wouldn't worry about the wood, just give it a good smack on the inside of the rim with the car in the air.
if you still can't take it off, just take it somewhere and ask them to rotate the tires.
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