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Old 03-29-2020, 12:56 PM
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Rim stuck to hub (?)

2 weeks ago, my daughter hit a pot hole and blew out a front tire on a 2011 E90. Fortunately she was close to home, so she limped it back. I went to remove the wheel, and it was stuck to the hub. 1/2 can of WD40 and the help of 2 big guys we finally got it to release. Figured it was a one-off weird thing. Then today, was going to remove wheels on my 2011 E92 to detail the inside of them (as a 'shelter at home activity) - same thing, except this time I don't have 2 big helpers around. Anyone know what causes this and the 'right' way to get the wheels off the hubs?

I searched on this topic but couldn't find any entries - sorry if this is already documented somewhere.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:01 PM
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Steel hub, aluminum wheel... galvanic corrosion.

With the tire off the ground, kick the bottom of the tire/wheel to break it loose. Sometimes, a hard, two-handed pushes (top, bottom, sides) will do it. Regular tire rotation breaks the corrosion bonds before they get too strong.

Sand the corrosion off the hub.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:11 PM
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:41 PM
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Or, loosen all the bolts and slowly lower it back to the ground then back up. Works every time.
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:05 PM
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Anti seize thin layer.

That first time is a charm. Harbor freight sells dead blow hammers to work your way around the tire. Eventually after tapping it will break loose.
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:49 PM
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But leave one or two screws loose in the wheel before you begin slamming away at it to break it loose. Helps keep the loosened wheel under control. Personally, I put a piece of protective wood against the inside bottom of the rim and hit it with a sledge hammer.
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Alloy Wheel stuck to steel hub is common problem with MANY different brands. Rather than pound on the tire, simply use inertia and vehicle weight to dislodge the stuck wheel by loosening EACH lug ~ 1/2 turn (ONLY) and then lower the vehicle and turn left/right at 3 mph or less. You will probably feel/hear the separation, but it should NOT be violent or damage the wheel or lugs. Normally a car length or two in the drive is enough to do it.

Once you have the wheel off, clean the "hub-centric" contact surfaces as shown in this TIS Link (which indicates how common the problem is). No need for the fancy, blue $170 special tool, as ANY wire brush will do the job:
https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...wheels/4E2zA7N

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Old 03-29-2020, 07:39 PM
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Agreed with the above on the anti-sieze (after sanding off the rust), but to get it off when it's stuck, just whack the piss out of the tire with a rubber mallet.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:43 PM
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Yep. Rubber mallet and patience.
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:42 AM
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Loosen lugs, as was suggested, and if the other suggestions don't work, go forwards and backwards, until the wheel breaks loose.
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Old 03-31-2020, 04:22 PM
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This must be a NE problem where salt spray corrodes things badly...I helped a friend install new shocks on a car that had been in Cleveland for years...blew a whole Saturday dealing with rusted fasteners....Living in CA I've never seen this issue. I'd spray some PB plaster around the hub good and let that soak in...then hit it again....stuff penetrates pretty good and works like a charm, so that might do the trick as well with just some mild kicking/hitting with a block of wood.
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:54 PM
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Loosen stuck wheels

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Alloy Wheel stuck to steel hub is common problem with MANY different brands. Rather than pound on the tire, simply use inertia and vehicle weight to dislodge the stuck wheel by loosening EACH lug ~ 1/2 turn (ONLY) and then lower the vehicle and turn left/right at 3 mph or less. You will probably feel/hear the separation, but it should NOT be violent or damage the wheel or lugs. Normally a car length or two in the drive is enough to do it.

Once you have the wheel off, clean the "hub-centric" contact surfaces as shown in this TIS Link (which indicates how common the problem is). No need for the fancy, blue $170 special tool, as ANY wire brush will do the job:
https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...wheels/4E2zA7N

George
This is the best and simplest. Did it mid winter trying to instal snows before my trip north. Loosened all the lugs a turn, drove down the drive way and onto the street. At 5 mph I heard and felt four firm clunks. Eased back into the garage and the removed the wheels, no sweat.
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Old 03-31-2020, 06:22 PM
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Rim stuck to hub

Had this happen when my '03 X5 was a year old. While there's not much rust on the hubs the close tolerances can grab the little bit of deterioration....and hold on like a death grip.

How do dealers get 'em off?

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Old 03-31-2020, 06:59 PM
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This thread is an example of horrible recommendations from novices out there. Does anyone really believe that with a high end car like a BMW (or any car for that matter) that one should "whack the piss out of the tire with a rubber mallet"? Come on, that's pure ignorance. The better way to do it is to prevent the problem with some anti-seize as mentioned. Or, if you haven't prepared then simply loosen the lug bolts and lower the car to put weight on the wheel at which time it will break loose but not damage anything because you have left the lug bolts on. Beware of all the morons offering advice on how to care for your BMW!
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Old 03-31-2020, 07:01 PM
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I second the loosen all the bolts, and slowly lower back to ground and use the weight of the car to break it free... Works Everytime...
Had the same problem with my 7 series...
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Old 03-31-2020, 09:10 PM
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get the wheel off the ground just barely, place a 2x4 against the inside of the tire, make sure it's below the rim so it doesn't damage it. hammer away, the heavier the hammer the better. the 2x4 will insure you don't accidentally hit the rim. i use 8lb hammer, 1-2 hits and it's off. and yes, keep 1 bolt threaded so the wheel doesn't fly off. driving with loose bolts to dislodge it is not a good idea, you can damage stuff.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:02 AM
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Make sure you use a small amount of anti seize. Don't overdo it as might get on brakes.
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