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Changing tire..2007 SL550 front wheel wont come off
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Are all the 5 bolts removed?
Hub may be rusted to the wheel. Remove the center cap and squirt some penetrating oil in center. Spin the wheel a couple times. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Push in hard at the top of the wheel toward the center of the car.
When it is off, clean and remove the rust from both surfaces. Apply a light film of grease, then reassemble.

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Another trick is to put the bolts back on and then loosen them by a few threads. Then, carefully drive the car a few feet until the wheel breaks loose.



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Slight modification to Rodney's suggestion. You probably won't even need to drive the car when it is a front wheel. Might need drive and turn a corner with a rear wheel.

Usually, if you loosen the bolts 1 or at most 2 turns from full torque on a front wheel, then with the tire tire in firm contact with the floor, start the engine and turn the steering wheel both ways to full lock it will pop loose, but still be held in place by the bolts. On one or two occasions when I've had this issue, it has taken 2 or 3 turns each way. Finally, just jack it back up and remove the bolts and the wheel.

I like Kbob999's suggestion for maintenance before remounting a wheel. I like to put a thin coat of Anti-Seize on all mating surfaces after any residual rust has been removed.

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Ditto to anti-sieze compound on hub mating surface.
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give the wheel and hub a good sanding. Its very close tolerance
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I too have used the method of loosening the bolts. Worked every time 😉
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