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Have a Stuck Tire Heres a tip on how to get it loose

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Created on: 2017-01-06

How to loosen and remove a stuck or rusted on wheel on any car, truck, van, or SUV.

  1. step 1 :Removing a Stuck Wheel
    • Loosen the lug nuts about one turn
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove all but one lug nut
    • Loosen the top lug nut until it's only on a couple of threads
    • Hit the back of the tire with a rubber mallet
    • Once the tire is loose, remove the remaining lug nut
    • Pull off the wheel and tire

Tools needed

  • Rubber Mallet

    Jack Stands

    Complete SAE Socket Set


    Floor Jack

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

    Complete Metric Socket Set

Using a 19 millimeter socket and breaker bar, loosen all of your lug nuts about one turn. Raise and support your vehicle. Normally you would remove all five of your lug nuts and remove the wheel and tire. However, we've been having a hard time getting these wheels off of the car because they've been on there so long, so we will show you a trick to remove a tire when it's stuck on the hub.

Remove four of the lug nuts and loosen the top one so it's hanging on by just a couple of threads. The best way to do this is using a dead blow hammer, however a rubber mallet will work. You don't want to use a steel hammer because you'll risk damaging the wheel, but go ahead and hit the wheel in as many places as you can reach with your hammer. That's why we leave that lug nut on a couple of threads so when it pops loose, our wheel doesn't just go flying off. Now you'll just hold your wheel, remove that last lug nut, and remove your wheel and tire from the vehicle.

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