Originally Posted by Mercedes Benz of Florida
Agreed; your Metal Rim is seized to the Metal hub. Not unusual.
If possible; I understand it may be difficult, Jack up your car, keeping the
tire about 1-2" off the ground, loosen the bolts, and on your butt, with some good boots on, kick the rubber tire at 4 key points.
You get the point? You loosen the lug nuts, have free clearance and by kicking the tires at four key points, you can break it free.
Mine was seized and I did the same.
I did not have any tools or 2x4 or anything like that.
Finally, after some persuasion it broke itself free.
I guess everyone has their preferred way of dealing with this yes.
MB of F
I took your (and MelloC230's) advice, and after some hefty kicks around the tires on both rear wheels, they did indeed eventually loosen off and were removed.
Inspection revealed that the rear wheels sit on a very narrow rim beside a drum that presumably contains the parking brake shoes. There was some 'galvanic corrosion' on the mating surfaces which easily came off with wire wool. As I lack 'anti-seize', the surfaces got a very light smear of axle grease, which should to the trick and prevent this happening again.
I did note that no 'dust covers' were fitted to either rear wheel hubs, and this did not match with the front wheels. I have no idea if they should be there - I will check this with MB later.
Regarding Michael's comment above, I cannot understand it, and do not believe it either. Why would the hand brake grab the wheel? That's not how braking works. Of course, you cannot rotate the rear wheels unless you are in Neutral and have the parking brake off. But that is another issue.
Thanks to all who replied.