wheel frozen to the brake drum - and a solution

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wheel frozen to the brake drum - and a solution

Post #1 by tom954x4 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:09 am

Had a flat with my '12 F250 last weekend, and after removing the lugnuts and jacking up the wheel I could not for the life of me get the wheel off. Fortunately, the tire pressure monitoring system (big :thumbup: ) gave me advance notice I was going flat and I was able to pull into a town with an air pump. A can of fix a flat ( :thumbdown: , ineffective) and a two rounds of air from the pump got me back to a tire store open on a Sunday before I went flat again and they removed it and put the spare on.

Subsequently, I learned a few tricks to get a wheel off in this situation, including installing just 2 or 3 of the nuts loose and driving forward and back a few feet and braking abruptly to loosen the wheel. I have not tried that. But I will soon, and take all four wheels off, clean up the areas where the wheel (aluminum) makes contact with the brake drum and hub and apply a light coating of anti-seize to the areas. I wish I had known that trick first !!!
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Re: wheel frozen to the brake drum - and a solution

Post #2 by JackFish » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:58 am

Yah the driving thing has worked for me.
With just a stuck drum, another trick that worked for me was after putting the car up on jackstands and finding the drum frozen, I put the jack under the drum and jacked the car a little bit up off the stands.
Then I bounced on the bumper and whacked it a few times.
Don't forget to put some nuts on it first.
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