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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old Yesterday, 10:42 AM
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Rear tire won't come off...and f'd up other stuff

Trying to change my rear tire had it jacked up on the BMW jack, it's a 97 328i. took out the nuts and couldn't get it to budge. I tried a little harder and then the jack collapsed. I can still get the wheel off the ground but the damn tire won't come off or even line up so I can put the nuts back in. The tire isn't rotating even when it's jacked. Parking brake isn't on dono why. Any advice? thanks

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Get on the ground and give it a good kick from side to side. It will come off. You have some rust in there. Make sure your jack is secured.
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Get on the ground and give it a good kick from side to side. It will come off. You have some rust in there. Make sure your jack is secured.
I should be doing this with the tire on the ground though? isn't it sketchy to do that while the car is jacked up?
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Old Yesterday, 11:19 AM
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Nah, needs to be up in the air so it has somewhere to move. If the weight of the car is on the ground, the tire has no where to go. Just give it a couple of good whacks with your foot on each "corner" of the tire and it will pop off. Make sure your jacking it up properly though. If your jacking it up correctly, no way a kick should collapse the jack. Read your owners manual for proper jack location.
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Old Yesterday, 11:49 AM
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Nah, needs to be up in the air so it has somewhere to move. If the weight of the car is on the ground, the tire has no where to go. Just give it a couple of good whacks with your foot on each "corner" of the tire and it will pop off. Make sure your jacking it up properly though. If your jacking it up correctly, no way a kick should collapse the jack. Read your owners manual for proper jack location.
Thanks man, got her to work!
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The stock jack is a deathtrap. You should only use it in an emergency when you are stuck on the side of the road. When working on your car, you should use a hydraulic jack with jack stands. You can pick both of them up at Harbor Freight for under $100 and then you won't have to worry about dropping the car on yourself.
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Yep, get yourself a real jack. The little factory jack is okay, the rounded base on it though was a terrible idea.

Here's another thing you can try to get the wheel off. Loosen the wheel bolts a little, but don't take them off. Raise the car up, make sure the wheel is off the ground then drop it quickly. The force of dropping it quickly should be enough to knock it loose, but it won't come flying off with the wheel bolts still on.
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Put some anti-seize compound on the hub before you but the wheel back on so that it doesn't get jammed on there again.
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This - Plus hit it with a wire brush to clean all the junk off it.

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Put some anti-seize compound on the hub before you but the wheel back on so that it doesn't get jammed on there again.
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