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Old 04-23-2013, 04:07 AM   #1
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Tires Seized

Hi All,

Since it was sunny today I decided to remove my winter tires and go back to the all seasons. However, after loosening the lug nuts and jacking up the car, I noticed that the tire has seized! Has anyone had this happen to them and also what methods are good to remove them?

On a side note, I just want to say I really like this car because it actually has arrows which show where the jacking points are on the car. Not bad, Ford, not bad!


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Old 04-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #2
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Yes I have heard of this happening before on other cars. Alittle anti-seize on the mating surface in the future could help.

I peice of wood and a sleg hammer might pop the wheel off. I have heard of other loosening the lug nuts and then driving a few feet to pop the wheel free.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:47 AM   #3
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Yeah it happens quite often. it's called galvanic corrosion and occurs when two dissimilar metals are set together for awhile.

I'd try everything else before driving a few feet on it, but it does work. I just pulled the wheels on my focus after it sat for about three years. Took a couple karate kicks but I got it. Normally a dead blow hammer to the inside rim of the wheel will pop it loose though.
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I've gotten them unstuck by loosening the nuts so there is just 1/2 a turn clearance between the nut and wheel then move the car slowly just a few feet and stamp on the brakes.
Like mentioned,anti seize allows easy rim removal next time around.
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Wheels seizing is a common problem on the Mazda3. I used a piece of 2x4 and a hammer to get them off. I remedied the problem with a light coat of lithium grease on the flat surface of the hubs. Just make sure you don't get any on the studs.
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If the wheel is up in the air, turn your back toward the car and give the bottom of the tire a good heel kick on the sidewall.
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rubber mallet, and hit it from the back of the wheel (please be very careful and make sure it's very securely jacked.)

A trick I learned from a fellow member, Geezer, is to wipe a very thin layer of motor oil on the back of the hub. Anti-seize works too I guess, but I usually have motor oil more readily available.
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I'll chime in. I did this last weekend, and had the same issue. The fronts I ended up loosening the lugs a few turns and rocking the top of the tire back and forth using the rocking weight of the car. To get the rears off, I had to loosen the lugs and roll the car in the driveway, than lock the e-brake. just be careful that you don't loosen the lugs too much.
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I took a mallet to the steelie and hit at different angles and they finally came off! Thanks everyone for the responses! :)
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