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Default WHEEL STUCK ON HUB - 10-15-2017, 11:41 AM

Wanted to mount different aluminum wheels on rear today (135i). But I can't get the current wheel to break free from the hub; tried all things possible without damaging the wheel. Advice please


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Default 10-15-2017, 11:49 AM

Happens all the time. Put a block of wood against the back and beat on it with a hammer. Then rotate it and do the same on the opposite side. Keep rotating and beating until it comes free.. But remember before you start to keep a couple of lug bolts screwed in a couple of threads. You don't want it falling when it breaks loose.


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Default 10-15-2017, 02:37 PM

Sounds good, Mike. Best wishes


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Default 10-30-2017, 10:32 PM

if that don't work this worked for me. I left the lug nuts loose, drove around for a bit, felt it get loose (drive slow) keep the breaker bar or ratchet with socket handy so you can pull over and tighten it back up.
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Default 11-01-2017, 10:01 AM

A large rubber mallet. Hit it around the tire on the edge over and over and over again, 12oclock, 3oclock, 6oclock, 9oclock, etc... It will eventually break free. If your feeling rowdy get some PB Blaster and spray it around the hub, wait a few minutes, wack it more. It will come free.
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Default 11-01-2017, 10:05 AM

Thank all of you for the suggestions. I will get back to this project tomorrow!
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Default 11-01-2017, 03:16 PM

This just happened on my 2017 F36 with only 15,000 miles. Fortunately the rust was not so bad to where I couldn't kick the tires a few times on each side (alternating). But I was very shocked to see how bad they were on this new of a car. Yes, I park it outside overnight, but this is Southern California!

Anyway, I spread a whole bunch of anti-seize on the rusted portions of the hubs so hopefully this isn't a problem down the road.


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Default 11-01-2017, 04:16 PM

On older cars there was a paper "gasket" between the hubface and the wheel to keep the different metals from corroding with each other. My E39 had that. For some reason, they stopped using those, and I can't even find them any more.


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Default 11-09-2017, 04:23 PM

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On older cars there was a paper "gasket" between the hubface and the wheel to keep the different metals from corroding with each other. My E39 had that. For some reason, they stopped using those, and I can't even find them any more.
Yeah those were useful, I think they still sell them but im not sure.

In terms of breaking the wheel free I always left one lug on so it doesnt fall and scratch the surface of the wheel, then I kicked the side wall to get it off. Just make sure the car is on a stable set of jacks and jack stands, for me it was on one of those four point quick jacks which was stable enough to kick the wheel without knocking over the jacks.


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