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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-08-2006, 01:44 PM
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How to remove stuck wheels?

Is there a secret to removing BMW wheels? I have removed the bolts, kicked on the wheel and still they to not budge? Am I missing something?
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:11 PM
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Lean back, butt on the floor and brace your back against something and start kicking back and forth alternating with your right/left legs on the outer edge of the tire. Just keep whomping on it hard back and forth...she'll pop free!

There is a tiny lip that the BMW wheel rests upon (aids you in holding the wheel onto the hub as you thread the bolts) and it can get stuck on the lip.
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Are you removing the tires or the wheels?

If just the wheels I would use a big rubber mallet and wrap on the tires after the lug nuts are out. Sometimes surface rust will hold them tight.

If removing tire, post back and I will reply with detailed instructions.
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I once had mine stuck so badly that the kick-'em hammer-'em routine didn't work. So I VERY slowly and VERY gently let the jack down until the wheel began to take up weight. That broke the seal.

Not for the faint of heart, and probably a really, really bad idea with a floor jack, but worked okay with the stock jack from the trunk. (At 10:00 at night with a 8" dump of snow predicted for the next day, I really didn't have any choice - I needed to get the winter wwheels and tires on RIGHT NOW).
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:36 PM
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Lean back, butt on the floor and brace your back against something and start kicking back and forth alternating with your right/left legs on the outer edge of the tire. Just keep whomping on it hard back and forth...she'll pop free!

There is a tiny lip that the BMW wheel rests upon (aids you in holding the wheel onto the hub as you thread the bolts) and it can get stuck on the lip.
Does this also apply to run-flats? I had the same problem ealier this year when I wanted to add spacers. Rather than pay someone thirty bones, I decided to do it myself ( I have done before on my G35 and CLK with no problems). For the life of me, I couldn't get the frickin' front wheel off the hub!!!

Given, I didn't kick the thing as I assumed (don't you say it!) a $60K car wouldn't take well to that type of elbow grease. I read the manual and it said something about a special kit needed to remove run-flats. Not sure if the kit is needed to remove tire from wheel or wheet from hub?

Any advice?
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:29 AM
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Does this also apply to run-flats? I had the same problem ealier this year when I wanted to add spacers. Rather than pay someone thirty bones, I decided to do it myself ( I have done before on my G35 and CLK with no problems). For the life of me, I couldn't get the frickin' front wheel off the hub!!!

Given, I didn't kick the thing as I assumed (don't you say it!) a $60K car wouldn't take well to that type of elbow grease. I read the manual and it said something about a special kit needed to remove run-flats. Not sure if the kit is needed to remove tire from wheel or wheet from hub?

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Run-flats need special treatment to remove tire from wheel. Otherwise no different than any other tire to remove from wheel from hub, except for weight. RFT are very heavy.
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WRT to removing the wheels (for example, changing from winter wheels/tyres to the summer set), simply employ extreme violence. They will come off - trust me.


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Old 05-10-2006, 08:54 AM
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WRT to removing the wheels (for example, changing from winter wheels/tyres to the summer set), simply employ extreme violence. They will come off - trust me.


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Envision something on the tire that infuriates you to no end and just pound the living sheeet out of it until you feel better.

I recently had to get the drums off the rear wheels of my old Toyota Pick-Up. One side I practically pulled off with my hands. The other side took SEVERAL swings of a ball-peen hammer...then my neighbor came over and took SEVERAL swings with a ball-peen hammer. Then we dug out my 3 lb mini-sledge hammer and we each had a round with that one. I finally landed the swing that lodged it free. Rust in a snuggly fitting joint can be mighty tough!!
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:01 AM
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The employment of extreme violence method (after all other rational ideas fail) is something that I learned from my aircooled Volkswagen days. Especially when removing the rear brake drums.

For Volkswagen matters, if even violence failed, then you had to combine that with extreme heat (blow torch).




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If you are like me, it helps to place a photo of your mother-in-law in the target area.
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:12 AM
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If you are like me, it helps to place a photo of your mother-in-law in the target area.
If I did that, I would probably end up severely damaging my car.


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Old 05-11-2006, 07:17 AM
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I once had mine stuck so badly that the kick-'em hammer-'em routine didn't work. So I VERY slowly and VERY gently let the jack down until the wheel began to take up weight. That broke the seal.
I usually do this with the lug nuts on but loosened. Sometimes I even drive the vehicle a foot or two!

Usually this occurs with new vehicles only as once I get the wheel off I then apply never-seez or NAPA anti-seize compound to the hub and also to the lug nut threads.

I reapply every 6 months or so.
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:24 PM
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Given, I didn't kick the thing as I assumed (don't you say it!) a $60K car wouldn't take well to that type of elbow grease. I read the manual and it said something about a special kit needed to remove run-flats. Not sure if the kit is needed to remove tire from wheel or wheet from hub?

Any advice?
Consider that nothing you do the wheel with your hands (or small hand tools) can even come close to what happens when you hit a pothole while taking an offramp at 60 mph. You're not going to damage anything.
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:48 PM
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Usually this occurs with new vehicles only as once I get the wheel off I then apply never-seez or NAPA anti-seize compound to the hub and also to the lug nut threads.
I put some Lubriplate (high-temp lithium grease) on the hub before mounting my winter or summer wheels and have not had a problem yet. A little tiny bit is all you need. if you have some rust on the hub carrier a little fine sandpaper 1st helps too to smooth it down.
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Sitting here getting ready to kick the crap out of my tire. Came to search for solution. Wish I was mad at someone right now. Scott
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A big hammer!
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:43 PM
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Loosen the bolts about two turns lower the jack and then jack up the oposite side and rock the car.

Lesson learned from the days of the Model T and A.
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I usually do this with the lug nuts on but loosened. Sometimes I even drive the vehicle a foot or two!

Usually this occurs with new vehicles only as once I get the wheel off I then apply never-seez or NAPA anti-seize compound to the hub and also to the lug nut threads.

I reapply every 6 months or so.
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Apparently my wheel is stuck as i removed the 5 lug nuts and its not budging like there is another nut holding it on.

I have a 550i so i assume I just lower the car and drive a foot? Seems really crazy to me lol
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To prevent this situation, I always put little bit of anti-seize compound on the hub and the back of the wheel center where it meets the hub. Wheels come off easily since the anti-seize compound prevents the oxidation and rust.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:13 AM
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I got it to come off by banging the spare tire against it. Man!!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:39 AM
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Another trick is to spray PB blaster into the empty lug holes, and around the hub if needed. Give it about 15 minutes and it should come off much easier. I'd rather make a mess then use violent force.
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Envision something on the tire that infuriates you to no end and just pound the living sheeet out of it until you feel better.

I recently had to get the drums off the rear wheels of my old Toyota Pick-Up. One side I practically pulled off with my hands. The other side took SEVERAL swings of a ball-peen hammer...then my neighbor came over and took SEVERAL swings with a ball-peen hammer. Then we dug out my 3 lb mini-sledge hammer and we each had a round with that one. I finally landed the swing that lodged it free. Rust in a snuggly fitting joint can be mighty tough!!
Wow that brings back memories of my old Toyota p/u.
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