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Dear Tom and Ray:


After reading your article about the difficulty of removing rusty wheels, I thought you might like to know the easiest way. This method only works if the tires hold air and the car will run. Find a large, empty, asphalt parking lot. Loosen all the lug nuts four or five turns. Now drive the car through several figure-eights rather hard. Jack up the car and the wheels will come right off.
David

RAY: Thanks for the tip, David. We've used this method ourselves on a number of occasions, although our lawyer advised us never to mention it in our column. But since you mentioned it, I guess it's OK.

TOM: It certainly does have its risks. I remember one time I was trying to remove a rusted wheel from my brother's car. But before I drove the figure eights, I took the lug nuts all the way off.

RAY: Then he called me and said "I have good news and I have bad news: The good news is your wheel came off. The bad news is the right-front fender is folded under the front axle....but only a little." 821

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