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Old 02-01-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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04 svt rim wont come off

Ok i finally got my focus back after being down for 2 years or so and the brakes were rusted so i drove on them lightly. Well they all work fine except one still made noise so i checked it out and notice the pad is down to metal. I bought brake pads and started to take off the 4 lug nuts when i realised the wheel wouldnt come off. I sprayed wd40 then kicked the crap out of it, mallot and 2x4, even left the lug nuts loose and lowered the car. Still nothing so i drove forward a few feet and slammed on the brakes. Nothing...
Any ideas? Is there another nut under the center cap or something?


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Old 02-01-2014, 06:24 PM   #2
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Only the four lugs, your hub may of rusted causing the wheel to be rusted on, just more beating the crap of the wheel to get it off, then possibly replace your hub. Happened to my old Mustang.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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Moved to the Wheel and suspension area


Sounds like your just going to have to pound on it till you break it loose. I had this happen to me back in the day. I tried everything it seemed like. Frustrated I got crawled under the car and start kicking at the tire trying to get it to pop off. After nearly breaking a foot and getting tired it finally just popped off.

If you get it off smear some grease or WD-40 or something on the surface where the wheel sits to keep that from happening again. Something to do with different metals and corrosion or something like that makes them stick together.
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spray that hub down with some PB blaster or penetrator and take a nice sized sledge and hit the inside of the wheel. eventually its gotta come lose just hit from the inside with a nice sledge hammer. iv never had one that didn't come off like that
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:17 AM   #5
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Show that wheel who the boss is! Good luck, lol!
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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Echo of before. Keep one lug not on there, but loose. Then grab sledge, mini sledge, etc. and hit it from the back/front side. Make sure to hit the tire as you don't want damage the wheels surface, or bend the lip.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #7
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you can also use the bottom of your foot to give it a few kicks, alternate sides you are hitting. I've also heard putting the car back on the ground with lugs loosened then rocking the car side can help free them
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put down your purse and give it a few taps with a sledge. ;)
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Spray it with grease/whateverspray, leave it alone for an hour. Come back and try it.
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