How to Remove a Car Wheel

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How to Break Free Your Drive Shaft....5

Learn how to remove a car wheel in this free auto repair video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a CV Joint
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In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure in order to remove and replace a broken CV joint also known as a drive shaft on a front-wheel drive vehicle. This wheel is going to come off real easy, however, it may be necessary to strike the wheel to get it to come off of the studs. Your brake rotor is cast iron and the wheel's aluminum. That bi-metal surface will corrode together and even though you have all the nuts off, the wheel may not want to cooperate. I'm going to demonstrate the procedure for you even though this one will come off. What you're going to do is grab a hold of the top of the tire and strike the bottom of the tire with the flat of your hand very hard just like so. That's normally the amount of pressure required to get your wheel off. I'm going to roll this aside and we'll get working on our CV nut. Alright, now that we have the wheel out of the way, we can get it our CV nut right there. I'm going to take a 32 millimeter socket and spin it off. Alright. Once its finger tight, you can take and spin it off and set it aside. The new constant velocity shaft will come with a new nut so its not necessary to hold onto this. I keep a couple just because they come in handy for other services. That is the proper procedure for removing your lug nuts, removing your tire and spinning off your constant velocity shaft mounting nut.

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