I live in a climate that necessitates changing the wheels to ones with studded winter tires and back again to ones with summer times twice a year.
After several years of owning the car, I noticed that the aluminium wheels got stuck to the wheel hubs, necessitating the use of a rubber mallet to cause the wheels to move allowing removal. Fortunately, after hammering with the rubber mallet for a while I managed to remove the wheels. I assume the cause is road salt causing corrosion to the wheel hub that is made from steel.
Is there a better solution to remove a stuck wheel, such as a special purpose tool to remove a stuck wheel?
How do garages remove stuck wheels?
Can the use of a rubber mallet to remove a stuck wheel cause damage to car components?
I figured out that it is probably better to prevent the problem rather than trying to fix it afterwards, so after I first noticed the stuck wheel problem, I have put a very minor amount of grease to the wheel hubs where the wheel makes contact with the wheel hub. This has allowed me to remove the wheels with no stuck wheel problems. I am, however, concerned that water might move the grease from the wheel hub to the brake disks. The risk is probably greater in the front where there are brake disks than in the rear where there are brake drums. Is this a good solution, or is the risk of grease getting to brake components too great? The car has a spare wheel, and I would like to have the ability to change the spare wheel in case of tire failure without having to carry a rubber mallet everywhere I go.
The car has not had a mandatory inspection after I first used grease on the wheel hubs, so I have no idea whether the brakes are unbalanced due to grease getting on the brake disks. I have, however, observed no anomalies with braking on the road.