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Did you ever have to remove a tire on your car or someone elses and the wheel lugs were too tight? Ok I have a "proven simple solution". Keep available a deep socket 1/2" drive impact wrench quality for both 3/4" lug nuts and 13/16" lug nuts and a small 2-4 lb. hammer. Put the socket on the tight lug, strike it with the hammer dead on, remove it with your lug wrench, if that doesnt work, apply WD 40, use a 1/2 breaker bar and slide a 2 foot pipe over the handle of the breaker bar, lean your body weight on the breaker bar/pipe and walla it will come off. Many times a tire shop puts tires on and off your cars without the thoughts of how tight they are running down the lug nuts when using these tire guns, of course to make matters worse they "shoot" them on in a hurry with a 1/2" drive pneumatic impact wrench(tire gun). These sort of devices can install nuts and bolts with great force, for example the force applied to a wheel lug useing an air gun can be upwards of 150-200 foot pounds, that is a lot of torque. Add the elements of snow, ice, winter road salts, sand, rain, and flooding and over time these lugs can be very stubborn, now you compound the matter with what I call,"Tire Guns Gone Wild", which is no more than a tire man or mechanic who is either not mindful of what they are doing or way to busy to think correctly and walla... tire lugs on too tight for the next guy to remove. It may even pay to occassionally spray the tire lugs with a product sold in any parts dept called WD 40, it helps to keep them rust and corrosion free. There you have it folks . Happy Motoring!!!!

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I have removed all the lug nuts but still cant remove tire

If the tire is stuck,
1. Reinstall all lug nuts
2. Loosen all lug nuts 1 turn from tight
3. Set car on ground
4. Push car till wheel wiggles (back and forth)
5. Jack back up
6. Continue with removal

Jun 04, 2011 | Buick LeSabre Cars & Trucks

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i had a flat tire and someone put the wrong size tire on my car which caused the srews for the lug nuts to break off now i cant put my tire on is the car a total now

No...absolutely not. However....it is more likely that the lugs were not tightened in the first place that caused the lugs to break. Wrong size tire will not do that. Furthermore...its a pretty simple fix. Jack up the wheel....pull off the caliper bracket and rotor will slide right off. Then you have a hub in front of you with all of the broken studs facing you. Take a hammer...smack out the studs from the hub. They are splined in there....one good hit can smack them out. Call your local NAPA or Auto Zone...give them your vehicle info and tell them you need all of the lug studs and lug nuts for on side of the vehicle. They should have them in stock. The rest is just reversing your removal procedure. Turn the wheel out...smack them in till the flat base of the stud is flush with the back of the hub. put rotor and caliper back on....and then the tire....tighten the lug nuts! You are good to go. Probably a $20 repair. Caliper bolts may be very tight....they use lock tight in the factory. You should get ahold of a good 1/2" breaker bar

Nov 14, 2010 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

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getting front tire off to check brakes. already

it seized on the hub is all. lay on side, kick with the back of you heel without laying under vehicle. thread on a lug a few turns so it doesnt take off. be carful! make sure its hoisted safely with a block or stand for back up

Sep 04, 2009 | 1999 Honda CR-V

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