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How do I get rear wheel off firebird to change tire

The wheel will not come off the firebird to change the tire. How do we get the wheel off?

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Aluminum rims I take it? No other screws or bolts I take it? Have you tried a good boot, (heel) one side after other, top & bottom too? I've had some nasty ones over the years. Have had some luck with a good swing with rubber hammer on edge of rim, from back side of wheel. Other thing I've done is put nuts back on, but left them a little loose, put car back down on ground and wiggle the back end of the car back & forth as hard as I could, and they've broken loose. You'll have to use some ingenuity on it. If you can get a piece of 2x4 to stay in place on back side of rim for a good whack with sledge hammer even. Good Luck, let us know.

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Your Firebird has alloy wheeles that are siezed in place. There are two ways that I have solved this porblem, one using a pry bar to pull the wheel off, the other much easier.
The dis-similar metals (alloy wheel, steel hub) has "welded" itself in place. Replace one of the lug nuts (loosely, turn it two threads onto the stud only). Now kick the wheel at the outside diameter until the corrosion seal breaks (that is why you have one lug nut in place on a stud, else you could get hurt by the wheel).

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