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Sometimes when doing brake work, you might have a difficult time removing the wheels. If this happens, here are a couple of tricks that might help you.

  • First, install one of the lug nuts by just a few threads. You're just looking to use it as an anchor so that the wheel doesn't come flying off. Then, try to karate kick the back of the wheel to try and break it loose.
  • If this doesn't work, I switch to a hammer. I only like to hit the tire when I do this; if you hit the rim, you can damage it.
  • If this doesn’t work, place a 2x4 on the back of the rim and hit it with a hammer. Hard. The bigger the hammer the better by the way.
  • If this doesn't work, it's time to get serious. Lower the vehicle back down and install all the lug nuts finger-tight, then take the vehicle for a drive. Don't go out on the highway; a local parking lot is best. Swerve the vehicle from side to side till you hear a pop. That usually means the wheel has come loose. Only do this with one wheel at a time, and be sure to do it in an area where you won't interfere with other traffic. Here's a video.


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