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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.

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Final comment.

I visited my MB dealership today, and spoke to the parts man. He looked up the exploded views of the CLK wheel parts, and it is correct that dust covers are not fitted to the real wheels. Just the front wheels only.

OK, cleared that up.
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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.
I am fairly sure that when I was doing the rear brakes on the R170, I could not get the wheel of without releasing the parking brake....fairly sure. Since then I have done a few more brake jobs and I could be remembering wrong. I posted the question on the R170 forum to find out. I am curious as to these brake set-ups now.

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Hi Mike

I just saw the replies to your post on the R170 forum and they seem to agree with me. Maybe you had a 'senior moment' there with your memory ....

If you still have the R170 take another look at your brake set-up as it's important to know just how things work. I like to take a bunch of pics on my digital camera when I am dismantling bits of my car for later study.
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Maybe you had a 'senior moment' there with your memory ....
That's not funny. In any case, I don't remember that ever happening to me. Why not, OK you guessed it right.
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Must be a "senior moment". Oh well.....I swear I remember a rear wheel coming right of when I released the parking brake. I wonder on what car it was on

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