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Old 04-03-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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As the title says, i cant get my rear tires free on my 97 tj. I have taken the lugs off (for all of you smartasses) , lifted it and tried the following; hitting it with a sledge, pb blasting it, heating it with map gas, and driving it with the lugs loosened. Nothing has worked and I'm out of ideas. And before you say take it to belle tire and let it be their problem, i cant drive it far because the rear brakes need to be bled so it doesn't stop very efficiently. I have no idea what to do

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Old 04-03-2014, 09:10 PM   #2
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You take all the fun out of it!
Try lowering the vehicle to put weight on the wheel slowly...

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Old 04-03-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Id let the PB blaster soak for 24hrs. You should be able to pull the entire brake drum off with the wheel. That's assuming you have drums in the rear. They must be seized on there pretty good, if you're able to drive without any lug nuts and they stay on! Good luck! I guess if it came down to it you could do an axle swap and new wheels. Then youre talking about a good chunk of change.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Bigger sledge!!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:27 PM   #5
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Easy fix just loosen all five logs one or tro turns the drive in a slow 5 mph circle turning to opposite side as stuck wheel just one time around in a slow circle and jack up and remove normally
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Sorry to say, but keep pounding. I bent one of the rear rims on my TJ pounding the #### out of it. But I was putting aluminum rims on it and didn't care. Loosen the lug nuts, but don't remove. Jack it up on the axle off the pavement an inch. Pound on the rim from the inside. POUND!!!!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:52 PM   #7
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Spray the lugs down and the center if the hub down with some pb blaster if you can get to them let it sit overnight then the next morning go out and have someone apply pressure with a 2x4 from your shock mount to the tire while you really hit it hard a couple of times on the back then spin the wheel about a quarter turn and do it again till it will come off
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The worst part about the whole thing is if you forgot to put the lug nuts on and drove off you know the wheel would just fall off on its own!
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:24 PM   #9
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If you have drums you don't need to take the tire off to bleed the brakes. As for hitting it use a 2x4 and a 5lb sludge hammer. Have someone hold the 2x4 and swing nice and steady.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:31 PM   #10
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I actually ended up driving it like a 3/4 mile with no lugs on the rear right tire lol. I went to an empty school parking lot in a circle with the loosened lugs and still no luck:/
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:41 PM   #11
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Bigger sledge!!!
It was a 3' sledge, being hit from the rear tire and rim, tread, and front rim and tite
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This reminds me of when I got my very first car eons ago, it was my grandmothers before and had sat for about 5yrs+ or so. My dad said it was fine to drive, and the brakes failed completely! Was a fun ride to the shop. This is what actually got me into fixing vehicles (and I never took his word for anything mechanical after that, lol)

It took 3 guys with 12lb sledges up in the air to get one of the rear tires off! They wanted to try the driving around in a circle way with the lugs a turn loose but it had zero brakes so this is what they had to do.

They put my rotors on display as a show to not let them get that bad, lol Surprisingly they didn't ruin the wheel though!
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:21 PM   #13
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One of two things has happened. Corrosion products are holding the wheel on or the inner radius is a tight fit, perhaps a little corrosion on that as well. Aero Kroil with Silicon is the most amazing lubricating penetrant out there. Heat will loosen it as well but if you get steel red hot, bad things can happen such as embrittlement cracking etc. If it were I, Aero Kroil and small bottle jack between a frame member and the wheel. Then tap the rim with a single jack size hammer. Good luck, you will love your Jeep more when this is done.
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One of two things has happened. Corrosion products are holding the wheel on or the inner radius is a tight fit, perhaps a little corrosion on that as well. Aero Kroil with Silicon is the most amazing lubricating penetrant out there. Heat will loosen it as well but if you get steel red hot, bad things can happen such as embrittlement cracking etc. If it were I, Aero Kroil and small bottle jack between a frame member and the wheel. Then tap the rim with a single jack size hammer. Good luck, you will love your Jeep more when this is done.
I love this jeep so much but at the same time i despise it
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:18 AM   #15
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MrBobo, had the same deal weeks ago with a 2500 ram, purchased from Boston, rust, rust, rust, pounding and pounding with 12lbs from the inside of the tires, then worse story with the rotors, was not a good weekend, sore arms...

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dont take lug loose more then one or two turns each, drive another circle little tighter and faster and jack up see if wheel now loose if not leave lugs same and try again tighter faster circle should work but once it does pop loose jack up and tighten lugs before driving home
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When I bought my 97 TJ I had the same issue. Apparently, the rust on the face of the drum had fused to the back of the steel rim. As many suggested, the only way to remove the wheels is with some significant persuasion utilizing heavy percussive instruments! Whack the snot out of it with a sledge or 2 or 3 and eventually they will come off!

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