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What a pain. Some of you know that I have a 5500 dodge truck I do my traveling with to haul the nessities and trailer with. Well I ordered a set of rears for it. The price is all over the place from the 140's to over 250 a tire. I ordered a set on line and took them to the local auto dealer for get them changed out.

Not an issue with the tireman, but holyxxxt, what a pain to take them off the truck. ten lugnuts, no problem, now to get the wheels off the hub, NO WAY!!! I took it home with the lug nuts loose hoping they would let go,,NOT. I wound up hooking my tractor to them with a chain and yanking first the top then rotating and jerking them again. Got the outside wheels off, put three nuts back on after breaking the inside wheels loose somewhat and left them less than finger tight hoping they would break free a bit better in the mile back to the tire shop. Had two on the bed and was lucky enough to beat the inners off when jacked up. Those wheels are machined fit to the axle. Took 4hrs to get them all fixxed up. I hope to get another 84000 mi out of these because I hope the next time is a ways off.
 

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I have worked on a new F250 and had to heat the rim cherry red to get it off. North American vehicles are a joke.
 

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Imagine if you had had a flat in the back of beyond some where! Not everywhere will help come along like if you were on the Dalton Highway.

Any preventative steps to take? I am becoming a fan of this: antisieze.jpeg
 

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Fred; I to am a fan of anti-seize, but NOT the copper compound, the copper reacts poorly w/ sea water and can cause an electrolysis nightmare.
I had it smeared on my props (mercury) spline shaft for one season and had to literally CUT the prop off. Marine mechanics won’t let it in there shops.
All things being equil, opt for the pure graphite compound. Hell,.. I shoulda just smeared some of my waterproof axel bearing grease on the damn thing...
 

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The issue is that the hub to wheel is a machine fit. The lugnuts are flat, not tapered so the hub itself takes the load not the lugnuts. When I put them back on they had to be cinched down by the nuts. If I did get a flat it would have to stay that way until I got to a place to take them off. Antiseize will not help much in this situation.
 

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Did initially understand plumb's machined mating surfaces issue.
Just thought a bit of anti-seize might make disassembly easier in the future.
After a slew of recent tire & brake issues including some pounding on parts that should have separated cleanly I tend to now reach for the anti-seize.
Other issues I have seen in last 6 months were four cases of a lack of the proper tools, jack, or security key preventing an easy tire change, including my new truck I am ashamed to say.
 
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