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Wheel seized to mounting plate

I can't remove the wheel from the truck, (to fix the breaks) I have tried heat, jacks, sledgehammers etc. the wheel is apparently seized to the the mounting plate....any ideas on how to get the damn thing off!

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    Evan Jenson May 11, 2010

    I understand your aggravation. Trust me, I work on all types of vehicles from cars to tractor and trailers. The F 450 and 550 trucks and even the sometimes the 350 duallies have hub centric wheels. The tolerance between the center hole in the wheel and the hub are so tight that the slightest corrosion hinders most valiant attempts at removing the rear wheels. I found success with a 4ton port-a-power hydraulic ram, a good deal of penetrating oil, and some strategically placed strikes(typically I try to hit the tire not the rim) with a small sledge hammer. I configure the ram to hook the back side of the wheel. I'll then stick the ram through the holes in the wheel, and with tension on the wheel, strike the opposite side. I'll alternate this technique across the wheel till it comes off. The outer wheels are usually easier than the inner wheels. The only draw back is care will be needed if It's a F450 Lariat Xlt or similar with outer aluminum wheels. I'm not trying to buy a customer a new wheel. For the inner wheel, I'll insert the ram into the holes in the wheel to make contact with the brake rotor. I'll use the same technique as on the outer wheels.
    I'm not criticizing, however another poster had mentioned driving a short distance with the lug nuts loosend. Although this probably works, the trucks I work on are commercial vehicles, usually loaded down with equipment, tool boxes and such. I'm just wary of driving such heavy vehicles in this manner. Damage to the studs can occur, and the wheels might fall off while moving. Like I said before, I'm not being critical. If that man has found success with that technique, awesome. Admittedly, I haven't found the perfect way myself. Either way, even as a professional mechanic, I hate having to remove wheels on those vehicles. I hope this helps.

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I had the same problem tried all you did .i lossen all the lugs not removed and drove around the block it finnaly broke loose

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