Tire Stuck On Rotor (Causes and Removing Ways)

A tire stuck on the rotor is a common thing, especially during the winter period. Knowing how to get a stuck rotor off is an essential do-it-yourself skill for all car owners.

You can save time and money used in hiring professional help.

We have compiled a well-detailed guide on how to get a seized tire off. Our guide will also examine why your flat tire won’t come off.

wheel stuck on rotor

What Would Cause A Tire Stuck On Rotor?

Often, a tire stuck on a rotor is caused by corrosion. It happens when your tire is exposed to salt, snow, or water for a prolonged period, resulting in a wheel rusted to hub.

Most of the wheel is made with metal parts and is prone to corrosion. The rotor and the wheel hub are made of metal and are connected.

Once the hub and rotor are exposed to external elements like salt and snow, it begins to rust, and a corrosive glue is formed around these two parts. It is what makes it difficult to remove the tire.

Also, corrosion can form around the wheel nubs. It allows you to remove the tire and fix it in another.

All these can be frustrating, but it is normal and can happen to all wheels exposed to harsh conditions.

How to Remove a Stuck Tire from Rotor?

There are three primary ways to remove a wheel stuck on the rotor. They include the following.

1. Lubricant spray

This method involves using lubricant spray to remove a tire stuck on the car. Below are easy-to-follow steps to use a lubricant spray to change your seized tire.

a. Spray the center hub lug nuts with the spray lubricant

You must raise your car using your vehicle’s jack at this stage. Ensure that the vehicle is parked in a leveled ground and safe position. It is essential because you will be going under the car.

Spray the bolts penetrant where the bolts go through the wheel. Do this appropriately for all the bolt holes before proceeding to the center hub opening.

Spray the penetrant on the center hub and every rusted part of the opening.

b. Leave the wheel

The next step is for you to leave the wheel for at least 5 minutes. It will allow the penetrant to soak into the surface of the metal parts you applied it to. To ensure the penetrant does the work, you could let the tire sit for up to 15 minutes.

c. Spray the connection once the wheel is turned halfway

Try to rotate the wheel in both directions; you can use both your hands to do this. Once the wheel is halfway around, apply the penetrant again to the holes and center hub.

It would help if you left the tire again to allow the second coat of penetrant to soak into the metal parts.

d. Rock the wheel till it comes off

After letting the wheel sit for some time, rock or rotate the wheel. To do this, properly support them with both hands. Pull one side to yourself, then do the same to the other side. Do this till the wheel comes off.

2. Pry the wheel off

a. Screw out one Lug nut on the wheel

For the first step, you must jack your vehicle with your jack stand. Select one of the bolts closer to the top of the wheel. Turn the bolt with your hands until it is halfway down.

Avoid using any tool to tighten the selected lug nut; this will make the bolt too tight, and you will not achieve the desired result.

b. Pace a pry bar end up against the joining holding the wheel

Try to locate the metal arm that connects the wheel below the car. Once found, put the flat end of the bar into the small space that links the tire back and ball joint.

Check for any hose or wires between the bar and the wheel to avoid further damage. A more extended pry bar will be preferable for a work like this.

c. Repeatedly move the pry bar

In this stage, you will try to move the part of the pry bar close to the wheel. Apply pressure to the end against the ball joint firmly. Pull the bar as hard as possible until you feel pressure or cannot move it anymore.

In this stage, the wheel will begin to turn once you can continually pull firmly. When carrying out this process, ensure that the pry bar end does not come off.

d. Remove the lug nut and wheel.’

Once you are sure the wheel is loosened, take out the lug nut. After that, you can proceed to remove the tire from the hub. Please do this by shaking the wheel until it breaks off.

3. Knock the wheel off

This method simply involves forcefully pulling the corroded wheel off the rotor.

How Do You Separate A Tire From A Rim?

You can easily do that without any machine if you cannot get your tire out of the rim. You only need simple tools to help you pry loose the tire from the rim.

Below is how you can quickly get a tire separated from a rim.

1. Remove the valve core of the tire; you can do this with a removal tool.

2. Drive a car over the tire; this will separate the bead from the actual rim. ‘

3. Hold down the sides of the tire with your fits.

4. Apply dish soap around the rim of the tire. You can also use penetrant spray if you have one.

5. Using a pry bar and a screwdriver, lift the tire over the top lip of the rim.

6. Use the pry bar and screwdriver to free the rim on the other parts.

What Would Cause A Tire To Not Come Off?

Tire may not come off due to severe corrosion and too much tight nuts. Thus, remove rust and nuts properly while removing stuck tires. Sometimes, you may face damaged tire if you follow the proper procedures.

Besides, if you try to separate your tire from the rim and it proves impossible, it could be because of a Beadlock. A Beadlock is designed to clamp the tire’s bead to the in between the outer and inner ring on the rim.

When trying to get the tire bead from the rim, ensure your tire does not have a Beadlock.


When you have a tire that won’t come off, you would be surprised how simple tools around you will help you get them off. Getting a stuck tire off with the most straightforward tools, like a pry bar and screwdriver, could save you from difficult situations. 

Akindayini Temiloluwa

I am Akindayini Temiloluwa, an automotive expert writer and car enthusiast. I have over three years of experience in the automotive writing niche and have completed over 300 pieces of content from 50 projects. I have vast knowledge and skill in vehicle repairing, all mechanical work, car upgrades and maintenance. My goal as an automotive content writer is to simplify the most challenging concepts for my readers, help them self-diagnose what may be wrong with their vehicles and offer real value for their time.

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