So you should have known about this issue 10k mi ago.
The first time I went to take my wheels of my car after I bought it, it was a bear, but since then I have kept a regular schedule of 5k rotations it is much easier to take them off when I need to. And since I bought my new tires at discount tire, they rotate for free, and I provide them with some white lithium grease and a wire brush, the brush to clean off the old grease, and then they put on the new stuff. They are happy to do it, but would never do it if I never asked them, and provided the stuff, I think the same goes for the dealer, especially if you did not pay for them to rotate the tires, if they had, they would have noticed the problem and fixed the issue, or at least brought it to your attention.
One of my biggest petpeves in this world, are people who rely on warrenties to do everything for them, and not take some action in their own hands. I have a friend who drives a hyundai, with her 100k mile warrenty. well something came loose on her car, between one service interval and another and she lost all of her oil, and after driving many miles with a small leak she fried her engine. this could have been avoided with a weekly oil/fluid check, like any good car owner should do. she would have noticed the low oil level, topped it off, and taken it to the dealer.
You seem to be somebody who can do some diy stuff, so if you had done your rotations at 5K then 10K miles, then you yourself would have noticed it was hard, but not impossible to get the wheel off, and would have fixed the problem then and there.
If you waited 15k for a tire rotation, and then refusing to pay for it to be done at the dealer when they suggested it to you, i would put the blame on your shoulders.
The tire rests tightly over a hub, which is made out of metal, and as all metal does it rusts, and the rust expands, causing the wheel to get stuck, and any bolt on your car will do the same if they are not used regularly, or coated with some sort of anti corosion product. I have some bolts you are welcome to try this out on on my lower engine mount, I have broken 4 wrenches including an impact wrench on it due to the amount of corosion. The hubs are, and most other bolts are as well, but the product dries out, or looses its effectiveness, and needs to be replaced, and 15k miles is way to long between changes. so it is not the cars fault, or the makers of the cars fault in this case. it is neglect _IF_ you have waited the 15k miles to do a rotation, or if you have done the rotations yourself, and not put some sort of anti rust product on there. if you have done the 5 and 10k rotations at the dealer, then that is a different matter, but from what you have said I cannot infer than you have.
Yes this is a rant. but you have struck a nerve.
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- Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, carlos.negros, Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:04:14
- Re: Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, carlos.negros, Mon, 23 Apr 2007 17:36:32
- Re: Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, John M, Mon, 23 Apr 2007 08:24:21
- Regular Tire rotation should be done at 5K mi..., Johnson, Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:20:40
- What's the NHTSA going to do?, turrbo , Sun, 22 Apr 2007 20:34:04
- Re: Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, LesH , Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:56:12
- Re: Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, dmz789abc, Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:26:57
- Re: Rear wheels stuck on 2004 After 15k Service!, B. Millar, Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:26:48
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