1999 Chevy S-10 tire difficult to remove and reinstall

Tiny
GARBERT
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
Was putting new front wheel bearings in today. Took the lugnuts off and tire wouldn't budge. Had to put a 2x8 on the inside of the wheel and keep beating with a sledge and it finally came off, same for the other side also. Put new bearings in and when I went to mount the tires they barely went on the studs. Put the lugnuts on and went around them with an impact and they finally drew back ok. Know it will be the same next time. These are the factory aluminum wheels that came on the truck when I bought it in 1999. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 AT 9:17 PM

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Tiny
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Ah yes, good old aluminum.

They have a tendency to corode and freeze themselfs on the axle. Take a wire brush and scrub all the mating surfaces of the tire and axle. Then use some silicon grease and put it on the tire, this should solve the problem.
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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 AT 8:13 AM

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