I went to change the tire on my 2001 santafe,today and I cant get the tire
and rim assy. off of the left rear wheel hub,it is frozen in place.
yes I did remove all the nuts and tried gently tapping the rim.
Gently??? We don't need no stinkin' "gently". Beat that sucker off. It's
very common for wheels to corrode into place. It sometimes takes some
serious beating to get them off. Once you get it off you can coat the hub
and/or the inside surface of the wheel hub with a light coat of never-sezie
or the likes to help eliminate this in the future.
HARDEE HARR HARR,
Thanks guys,for the big sledge suggestions.
Actually I had a coffee and backed off all the nuts about 0.020" let her of
the jacks and drove back an forth a few times.Jacked her up again and off
I like the never seize idea.
That's a great idea backing off the nuts and then driving back and forth.
However, it's not nearly as much fun as beating the snot out of it!!!!!!
You have to take your frustrations out on something.
Actually I work as a millwright and get to beat the snot out of everything
I work on.Next time I have this problem I will invite one of my steel
fabricator buddies over those guys take it to the next level<g>
FWIW, I find that all I have to do is wack the tire with palm of my hand
from the outside and it will pop the opposite side loose. A quick tug at
the point where I hit it and it comes right off. Hyundai wheels fit the
hub quite closely and corrosion forms where the dissimilar metals make
contact. Brush off the oxidation and apply an anti-corrosive agent like
Corrosion-X or anti-seize compound to the area where the hub inserts
into the wheel.
I had an old car with the rear wheel stuck on so badly that I had tried a
torch to heat the rim up, which usually works. In this case, it took a cold
chisel and BFH to cut it loose. Had to actually cut throught the rim. Bye
Generally a good whack with the hand works Brian, but it's not uncommon to
find one so siezed on that it either takes the mondo BFH, or heat. I've
encounterd wheels before that would not budge without heat. Just helped a
friend with a Ford pickup that was like that. We beat on that with a huge
BFH and finally I got the torches. It took a lot of heat but the wheel
finally came free.
I don't doubt that at all. I change from summer to winter wheels every
fall and back again every spring, so mine wheels never have more than a
few months to seize together. I would imagine that if one didn't rotate
their tires regularly and left them on for a couple of years or more, it
would be a real bear to get them off.
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