Freeing Up a Rusted Wheel
Remove a tire stuck on a car without harming the rim
Remove a rusted-on wheel with rust penetrant, a hand maul and a block of wood. Prevent rusting with anti-seize lubricant.
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Free a rusted wheel
You were all psyched up for a quick tire rotation—until you found a rusted-on wheel. Here’s how to “unstick” a wheel and prevent it from sticking again.
You’ll need an 18-in. length of 2×2, a can of spray rust penetrant and a hand maul. Jack up the car, support it with jack stands and remove the lug nuts. Spray the rust penetrant generously into each mounting hole. Let it sit for five minutes, then rotate the tire a half turn and repeat the application. Screw one lug nut onto a stud a few turns to prevent the tire from flying off once it’s free. Place the end of the 2×2 on the outer edge of the wheel and smack the wood with the maul, just enough to create some breaking force and vibration. Rotate the tire a quarter turn and repeat the smack/rotate procedure until the wheel is free.
Prevent wheel sticking
Clean the mounting surface on the brake drum/rotor or hub with a wire brush. Then coat the surface (never the studs) with a light coat of anti-seize lubricant.
Check out how to change a car tire in the video below.
Required Tools for this how to fix a tire stuck on car project
You’ll need a lug wrench, leather gloves and a hand maul.
Required Materials for this how to fix a tire stuck on a car project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.