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What is the best thing for rusty car wheels?
posted: March 13, 2008
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Meaning lug nut removal or the actual wheel itself being rusty or rusted through?
posted:  March 13, 2008
Whoops. I forgot to state lug nut removal. But I would like to hear your answer for both.
posted:  March 13, 2008
If your steel wheel is rusted out (with holes) you are screwed, recycle them and use the money to get some new ones, you will be money ahead. For lug nuts spray them daily with LPS, do this for at least one week and try to remove the lug nut, dont force it otherwise you will break the stud. Whatever you do stay away from WD40, you will have to soak them for a couple of months before they break free.
posted:  March 13, 2008
If the nut is just rusted so bad it won't break loose take a socket on a long ext. put it on the lug take a 5 pound hammer hit the end of the ext. like you would a punch it will break the rim away from the nut and you should be able to turn it off.
posted:  March 14, 2008
If you have tried the recommdations of [PONTIACSD 19]&[ECAVATORED 2]and failed you may try by applying heat to the studs. If you have access to a set of torches,[not a bernzomatic torch, you'll be waiting forever]apply direct heat to the studs till they turn red, proceed to use the lug wrench with caution. With the removal of all the lug nuts and the wheel is frozen to the hub take a 4'- 4x4 and hit bottom edge of the rim with end of the 4x4. Don't swing it like a bat rather use it like battering ram with full force on the edge of the rim. I works for me 99% of the time. Be carefull and have at it.
sources: 40 plus years of experience
posted:  March 19, 2008

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