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Old 01-08-2011, 04:59 PM
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Changing rear driver tire on 97 TJ?

I was trying to change the rear driver-side tire. I removed the five bolts and jacked up the Jeep but the tire did not come loose.

Is there another step that I am missing or is it possible that the rim and wheel base are rusted together?

Thanks for your help.

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give it a good kick on the tire sidewall...sounds like its rusted/seized...only do nuts up to about 95 ft lb's also...

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Spray liberally with wd-40 or equivalent around that circle you see in the middle. Put the lugs nuts ALMOST all the way back on (in case you knock Jeep off jack) and give the tire a swift jolt by kicking it or hitting it with rubber mallet.

The center of your wheel (rim) is rusted onto the hub.......put some anti-seize or grease on this area before putting back on. Cleaning with emery cloth or steel wool prior to putting back on will help, as well.
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