Forester - cannot get the wheel off

Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:56
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Hi,

A friend has a current model foreseter and got a flat front tyre driving up to his farmhouse - he has jacked up the car and removed the five wheel nuts and after two nights trying to remove the wheel, and nearly pulling car off the jack, the wheel will not come off the hub. He has even taken a rubber mallet to it without any luck.

Any thoughts would be helpful

Thanks in advance

Gazzz
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Reply By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:10

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:10
He didnt miss a wheel nut did he?? Sorry had to ask!

I know old holden steel rims used to rust onto old cars and trailers, but the forrester is new and most likely alloy rims!

Cant for the life of me see why the wheel would be stuck, but has he checked the manual to see if there is something perculiar with the Forrester?. I would persist with the mallet or dead blow hammer and slowly move up to a block of wood across the rim and a steel hammer. If you get enough vibration into it it has to let go.

Funny one, not for him though!! hahahha

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:40

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:40
A lot of base model Forresters are running steel rims, but I doubt it would have rusted on, it'd be too new surley...
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:49

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:49
G'day Gazz,

Mate I can also only offer ideas, I was wondering if the wheel had been damaged (hit gutter or like) and is somehow squeezing the hub.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:54

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:54
we came across the same thing with a disco. Ended up putting the wheel nuts back on but leaving them a full turn from seated. Very slowly steered the wheel(was a front wheel)toward the gutter and tried to drive up the gutter at an angle, the pressure was enough to loosen the wheel. On inspection we could see no reason for it, just one of those things...
Blue
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:51

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:51
RTFM?
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Reply By: garrycol - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 13:28

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 13:28
Thanks for the input everyone - and yes all the wheel nuts have been removed - agree the steel wheel could have some damage as the car spends most of its time driving on rutted and corrigated roads - let alone the kerbs in town when parking.

The idea of putting the nuts back on but loosely and driving a little bit with wheel turned might be the go. Will suggest it.

Thanks for the advice.

Gazzz
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