Tip & How-To about 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis

Removing a stuck wheel from any vehicle

I was on vacation and really did not have any tools with me. My car was operated in the Rustbelt and I usually oil the wheel studs at rotation time. But this time the car sat in the garage all Winter and I put miles on my 4x4 instead.

I had a flat on my car during my Spring vacation and took off the lugnuts to change the tire and the wheel would not come off. I put several lugbolts back on and tried dropping the weight of the car on the tire. Still stuck. Then I put a Fixaflat solution into the tire and it still was too low to drive and leaking. I went over curbs, off curbs and then removed the lugnuts after jacking up the car again. Still stuck.

I looked in my trunk for good ole "WD". There was none. All I could find was a spray can of "Cutter Insect Repellant". I sprayed the insect repellant around the wheel and one tap and the wheel fell off. So not only is Cutter a decent insect repellant, but it also removes rusted parts.

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having problem removing my rear drum from a 2005 dodge caravan

Two things are common: One must typically remove an Oval shaped Rubber cover located near the bottom of the Brake Backing Plate to access the Star Adjuster Wheel. The Self Adjuster must be pushed outward with a long thin screwdriver then the Star Wheel must be rotated with a Brake Adjuster Tool in an Upward Direction. Remember to rotate it in an upward direction you must Lower the tool and engage the Star Wheel then Raise the Adjuster Tool while engaged with the Star Wheel.

The second thing is breaking the Rust around the Center hole in the Brake Drum. Usually some good penetrating oil allowed to soak for about an hour will loosen it. Some times it will be necessary to apply a lot of heat typically with a Propane Torch and then smack the drum with a hammer between the studs a few times. You will most likely have to replace the drums dependent upon how many miles your vehicle has on it. I presume it has over 100,000 miles in it.

Nov 18, 2011 | 2005 Dodge Caravan

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How to remove drivers side rear rotor? Cannot get it off..help

First, if you have the wheel up and the other tires chocked it is sometimes necessary to turn the rear wheel. You will probably need to disconnect the Battery and put the Trans in Neutral. The backing plate of the wheel has a Rubber cover which hides the Star adjustment wheel for the Emergency brake shoes.

You want to loosen the Star wheel to draw in the Ebrake shoes. Since you are able to turn the Rotor in Neutral, you will know if you have loosened it enough to come off.

If the Rotor still will not come off, put penetrating oil on the studs and the center circle where the rotor meets the axle hub. If you know the rotor is tore up you don't have to be gentle in beating it off. Check your parts prices, a new part may only cost a little more than turning the old rotor.

Let gravity work for you in getting the oil into the hub. Oil the 12 O'clock stud, turn it to the next stud, repeat. Same for the center of the rotor. then hit the rotor between the center and the stud holes.

When you put on the new rotor, put an Antiseize product on the hub. If you ever need to remove the rotor again, it will be much easier to get off. I live in the Rustbelt, this method works.

Oct 07, 2010 | 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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The rotors on the mercury topaz 1993 will not come off. They are either really rusty on there, or there is another problem, any tips, hints, or tricks?

If you have 4 wheel disc brakes the rear rotors may have a drum inside which houses the emergency brakes. Those type need to have the Star wheels loosened to clear the E-brakes.

Go to Autozone or Oreillys and ask to see new parts. You can look at the lips of the new parts and see the contact areas. While you are there ask if they have pullers for loan. Get a rust penetrating solvent to spray on the center ring of the Rotor and the lug holes/studs.

I live in the Rustbelt, here is what I had to do. Look behind the Rotor. Rust builds up where the rear axles are covered by the Rotor. A Dremmel tool with a grinding tip can be inserted behind the rotor and the seam ground down. Rotate the wheel inch by inch until you clean it full circle. Then use penetrating oil. Or use a chiesel behind the Rotor and do the same thing.

Make a tool by using nuts, bolts and big washers with closed end wrenches. There is an area between the caliper mounting holes and rotor that can be exploited. A wedge tool can be fit in this space so when you turn the nut on the bolt, the nut will drive a closed end wrench or socket against the rotor. Just stick the bolt into the socket and the head of the bolt against the caliper mount. Run the nut and washer into the socket and let the socket press into the Rotor. Hit the Rotor with something heavy.

You may damage the Rotor, at this point you just want the Rotor off. Loosen the tool, rotate the Rotor, and repeat. Once you get the rust to crack loose you are in good shape. New Rotors cost maybe $10 more a hub than machining an old rotor anyway.

Sep 04, 2010 | 1993 Mercury Topaz

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We had a new serpentine belt replaced a couple of months ago and it just came off. How can I put it back on? Also the lug nuts seem to be stripped.

Click on the following free direct Link. It has the Serpentine Belt Diagram and Tensioner location for your 2000 Saturn SL.


Before we get to putting it the Belt back on...
Look at the alignment of the Pulleys. Most times the Tensioner or Idle Pulley are "canted" - meaning pitched or leaning forward, which causes the belt to "run off" the pulley - throwing the belt.
With the Belt off: check side-to side play for each one of the Pulleys by hand, especially for the Tensioner and Idle Pulleys. There should not be any side-to side play. If there is any other Pulleys that are canted - check if they are properly tightened. A new belt should not have come off on it's own without some other problem.

GENERAL/Standard Rules to Removal the Serpentine Belt with a Tensioner:
A. Find the Tensioner(s). (See Diagrams on Link)
B. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool, Or Wrench OR Ratchet, Rotate/Move the Tensioner USING THE AVAILABLE NUT (on the Pulley or Arm Base) OR the OPENING (3/8ths or 1/2 inch square opening) rotating the Tensioner Pulley/Arm - moving it away from contact with the belt and towards the area where the belt is not in contact with the Tensioner Pulley. The Tensioner is spring loaded, and is hard to rotate/move.
C. Remove the loosened belt off one of the other more easily accessed Pulleys.
D. DO NOT quickly release the Tensioner, but gently allow the Tensioner to rest in its closed position.

Standard Rules for Installing the Serpentine Belt with Tensioners:
a. Pick a Pulley that is most easily accessed. This will usually be on top. This will be the last Pulley that the belt will go on.
b. Using the Diagram: Install the new Serpentine Belt on the remainder of the Pulleys....over, under, left right.
c. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool or Wrench or Ratchet Tool: Rotate/Move the Tensioner Pulley/Arm "away" from Belt contact area on the Tensioner. This spring is pretty hard and with a new belt, it will be even harder to install. Rotate/Move this to as-close to the maximum allowed inorder to have enough slack in the belt to get it up and over the last pulley.
d. Using your other hand - Pull the Belt up and over the Last remaining Pulley.
e. Before releasing the pressure on the Tensioner, visually inspect the remainder Pulleys and the Belts' Positioning on them.

Regarding the Strip Lug -Studs.
Is this on the wheels with Rotors (Disc) or Drums? If the tire was not properly mounted, or the Lug Nuts were not properly Torqued; this will cause the Lug Studs (bolts) to be stripped.
With the vehicle raised and properly supported by jack stands:
For Rotors:
Remove the Tire, Brakes (Calipers/Pads) and Rotor, exposing the Wheel Hub (Bearing) Assembly with the Studs fully exposed. Rotate the Wheel Hub to a location where the Lug Studs can be clearly removed FROM THE REAR OF THE WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLY.
Using a impact hammer or mini sledge hammer: Hammer the Lug Studs back thru the Wheel Hub Assembly.
Remove the loosened Lug Studs.

For Drums:
Raise, support, remove the Tires.
Remove the Drums off the Wheel Assembly.
Using a impact hammer or mini sledge hammer: Hammer the Lugs back into the drum, removing from inside the Drum

Purchase the new, correct size and length Lug Studs and new Lug Nuts. If the Studs were stripped, most like the Nuts are too.
To reinstall the Lug Studs: Purchase an additional two (2) Lug Nut that fits that Lug Stud. Also purchase several Large Heavy Duty Washers that can fit on the the Lug Studs.

Place the Lug Stud back into the Wheel Assembly from the Rear (Rotors) or from inside (Drums). Use High Temp Grease for the area of the Lug Stud Splines that have to be "drawn" into the Wheel Assembly (with Rotors) or into the Drum.
After the Lug Studs are "IN" as far as they will go: on the outside place at least two (2) of the Washers on Lug Studs. Use a Lug Nut and tighten as far as possible down-on the Lug Stud as possible.
Next: Using an Impact Wrench tighten that Lug Nut down/on, drawing the Lug Stud into the Wheel Assembly/Drum. Check the rear of/inside the Wheel Hub Assembly/Drum. The Heads of the Lug Studs should be firmly against the Wheel Assembly/Drum.
If you do not have a Impact Wrench - use at least a 24-in Breaker Bar and Tighten the Lug Nut on, drawing the Lug Stud into the Wheel Hub Assembly/Drum. This takes longer and alot more work, compared to 10-seconds using the Impact Wrench.
Repeat as necessary.

Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information or questions. Feel Free to contact me at FixYa.Com!

Mar 31, 2010 | 2000 Saturn SL

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2003 dodge Caravan FWD wheel stud replacement

I don't have a pic but there is usually not enough room to slide the stud out and in. However, we don't completely remove the hub assembly. On the back of the knuckle (item that the hub is installed into) there are 3 or 4 bolts that hold the hub. Remove these out about 1/2 an inch and you can slide the hub out just far enough to get the studs in and out. On some the outer cv joint is kind of in the way and you may need to remove the axle nut and push the axle in slightly in order to get a socket on the hub bolts. There isn't really any special tools needed but you have to make sure the new stud is fully installed (seated) otherwise the lug nut could back off. Hope this helps.

Jun 05, 2009 | 2003 Dodge Caravan

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