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Hey guys I need some help.
This morning I was pulling out of the drive way and I noticed that the car wasn't really going anywhere even when I had my foot on the gas so I got out to check to see if anything was wrong and as it turns out, the rear passenger tire was flat. So naturally me, the do-it-yourselfer, is out there getting all the tools out (in my skirt and high heels mind you all) and I popped off the hub cap and I took the wrench to the bolts and of course it wasn't budging. So I thought maybe I don't have enough muscle (which I don't just look at my q-tip arms) so I called out my older brother to help me and he couldn't do it either. So I was in a rush, I sprayed WD-40 on the bolts and thought I'd wait til I got home to do the job. Of course the things still won't budge. I really don't want to call AAA because I only get 2 major fixes a year and I'd rather save them for roadtrips (if something goes wrong). Any other suggestions?? Thanks!
 

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DO you know any other guys who might help...maybe it just needs a bit more effort than your arms can provide. No offense meant by that. I don't know how big or strong your brother is....do you have or have you tried one for those big X type lug wrenches? You can definately get more torque on them than the stubby factory one.
 

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See if anyone has a length of galvinized pipe (5/6 feet in length) 3/4 inch to an inch inside diameter (whatever is the outside diameter of your lug wrench handle). Insert it over the lug wrench handle. The additional leverage should do the trick. Also spraying PC blaster on the lug nuts would help penetrate the rust much better.
 

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Mine were that tight. I had to stand on the lug wrench and bounce. Squeek, squeek, squeek, swing.

90-100 ft/lbs is all you want on those lugs. That's tight, but not obscenely tight like they are. When you torque them that far, you can stretch the threads. Mine were stretched to the point where I felt it best to replace them. They're around $50 + shipping.
 

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Well I did manage to stand on it with all of my weight but it hardly did anything (I'm a peanut in size) Thanks for your suggestions and keep 'em coming!
 

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If you don't have a piece of pipe (probably should invest the 10 bucks in a 4 foot piece from the depot), you can use a round end of 3/4 inch wrench over your rachet and force it. Be careful not to break the rachet - or use a craftsman so if it does break, you can get a replacement for free.
This cheater method has gotten me outta lots of jammed bolts - including the lugs on several cars. Good to use the WD-40. That a girl!
Also, you could bang on it with a hammer to loosen the bond before wrenching it.
 

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Okay, put the wrench on the other side (turning UP). Then, raise the handle with the jack. Just make sure it is TOTALLY on the lug or it will slip and strip.

But I like the pipe idea if you have one.

(The jack on the handle method works well for the differential plug where you don't have the room for a long lever.)
 

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Greg, the correct torque is 110Nm, thats app. 80lbs/ft for steel wheels and 90Nm (70lbs/ft) for alloy rims. You'll need longer bolts for (original) alloy wheels than for steel wheels.

I do not agree, that using WD40 or something near the discbrakes is a good idea, and it's doubtfull, that it will reach the thread of screw.
 

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HELLO? ARE WE FORGETTING SOMETHING?????

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WOOHOO!!

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they will realy come out and change a tire for free on a car with 238 thousand on the clock this is amazing . why would you pay AAA.
 

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they only tow to the nearest dealer......where they make the money on you ;) what's that a new battery....yes that will be $4500
 

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When I needed the wagon jumped (my car seemed to not be enough??) I called the number and they came by 30 mins later with a new ML350 and did some diagnostics to ascertain it's really dead. Jumped the car and gave him a $10 tip :D

They could replace the tire for free though...well they should... :D
 

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washerman said:
they dont jump start you change tire or give you diesel i should have tryed them when i got blow out last week
what happened?
 

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Let's read that again:

"Every Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. - no matter how old, how many miles it's logged or how many owners it's had - qualifies for Roadside Assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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We'll jump-start your run-down battery, bring you a few gallons of fuel to get you back on your way or change a flat tire using your spare, all free of charge."


I have never tried them, but I have heard stories from people who have. Yes, they will. Free of charge.
And they'd probably even do it with a smile for a cute red-head.
 

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Mercedes-Benz of Anchorage,Alaska......... a big F.U. from them on Roadside Assistance.
 

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Gregs300CD said:
And they'd probably even do it with a smile for a cute red-head.
LOL i think you're probably right. I am curious to hear about all the troubles people are having about the roadside assistance before i develop a false sense of security about it.

so RubyRed, did you ever get the wheel off??
 
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