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    This weekend I took off my factory alloy wheels and changed over to my 3 season wheels & tires. I had lots of trouble un-sticking the front wheels from the hubs this year and wondered if anyone else had this problem.

    To break the front wheel free I literally had to loosen all the lugs, take the vehicle off the jack/stands, then start it up, pop it in gear and slam on the brakes after about a foot of travel. They were really stuck. I had to do this about three times on one wheel before I could feel it break free.
    The lugs and wheels suffered no damage, but I don't want to go to this extreme every time I swap out my wheels.

    I cleaned the hubs a little and sprayed some WD-40 on them before I bolted up the after-market wheels.
    Maybe I should pull them off and do a better job of cleaning them.
    What can I treat the hubs with to prevent this in the future? Grease?
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    Default Re: OEM alloy wheels sticking to hub?

    i use this ani-seize hub compound. its silver in colour and works great. im not sure what its called but i'll make sure to check and post again. its available at most auto parts stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tundranator
    i use this ani-seize hub compound. its silver in colour and works great. im not sure what its called but i'll make sure to check and post again. its available at most auto parts stores.
    I didn't know they made one specifically for wheel hubs! I've used the copper based ones for spark plugs in aluminum heads before.
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    It's a galvanic reation between dissimilar metals, alloy rims against steel hubs. The WD-40 wont do anything, tundranator hit the nail on the head: Antiseize. I really don't think which one you use matters. I use the silver antiseize on just about everything. Clean off as much rust as possible and cover the hub where the rim sits w/a light coating of the compound and put some on the threads of the lugs, just enough to coat the steel is enough. The rims and lug nuts will come off everytime like nothing from here on out. Just don't keep pilling it on there, if it gets too much on there i recommend cleaning it all off and starting fresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICON
    It's a galvanic reation between dissimilar metals, alloy rims against steel hubs. The WD-40 wont do anything, tundranator hit the nail on the head: Antiseize. I really don't think which one you use matters. I use the silver antiseize on just about everything. Clean off as much rust as possible and cover the hub where the rim sits w/a light coating of the compound and put some on the threads of the lugs, just enough to coat the steel is enough. The rims and lug nuts will come off everytime like nothing from here on out. Just don't keep pilling it on there, if it gets too much on there i recommend cleaning it all off and starting fresh.
    Makes sense. When it gets warmer here I'll pull them off and treat them so I don't have to go through that episode again!

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    Default Re: OEM alloy wheels sticking to hub?

    I use a product called Wheel Mate that goes between the hubs and wheel and it makes really easy to get the wheel off. I think they were $19 at Autobarn and have no problems since using them.



    Quote Originally Posted by czechm8
    This weekend I took off my factory alloy wheels and changed over to my 3 season wheels & tires. I had lots of trouble un-sticking the front wheels from the hubs this year and wondered if anyone else had this problem.

    To break the front wheel free I literally had to loosen all the lugs, take the vehicle off the jack/stands, then start it up, pop it in gear and slam on the brakes after about a foot of travel. They were really stuck. I had to do this about three times on one wheel before I could feel it break free.
    The lugs and wheels suffered no damage, but I don't want to go to this extreme every time I swap out my wheels.

    I cleaned the hubs a little and sprayed some WD-40 on them before I bolted up the after-market wheels.
    Maybe I should pull them off and do a better job of cleaning them.
    What can I treat the hubs with to prevent this in the future? Grease?

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