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Back rims are stuck on truck even with lugs loose and truck jacked off ground. I tried putting one lug back on loose and kicking tire and tried putting it in 4L and neither trick worked. Seems like they are practically welded onto truck!

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Wheels often sieze themselves onto the hubs, Best thing is to jack the car up , place it on an axle stand, and hit the wheel rim, from inside out, place a piece of ragon the rimwhere you will hit it, one firm followed through hit, with a sledge hammer, you will need to rotate the wheel each time you hit the rim. Once the wheel is off, do what you must and on refitting, clean the area of the hub and the wheel parts where they mate with a wire brush, ideally after that if you can get some copperslip or grease, smear some around the wheel rim inner part and the hub where they mate. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES use the grease on the wheel studs, nuts or bolts, as it can cause the wheel fixture (nut or bolt ) to undo and the wheel can fall off. Hope that helps

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Yes they are a pain to get off try spraying some lubricant inbetween surfaces.A sledge hammer can work too but hit the tire not the rim.in time it will release.

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Need to spray between the wheel and hub with penetrating oil spray around each lug,center hub and if have small tube w/spray reach thru rim and spray back of rim where hub/lugs are let sit a bit than rubber mallet and smack rim or piece of wood and smack wheel but not as hard as to bend/crack rim when off wipe down rim and add a little lube to metal surface around center and lugs of hub/axle so doesnt lock on again

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