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Old 06-07-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Who here has the best method to...

Take wheels off?

So the car is lifted. All lugs loose. You're down to one more.

How do you get that wheel off and not bang the freakin calipers????

And going back on????!

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Old 06-07-2015, 01:10 PM   #2
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I start by loosening all the lug nuts before lifting the car. Once lifted I use an electric impact wrench. When pulling the wheels I rock two ends till it breaks loose from the lip of the hub.

When putting wheels on I position myself directly in front/center of the wheel, slide it in as far as it will go, position my r/arm at the 5 o'clock and 7 ocklock position and lift to catch the lip of the hub.

If the wheels are too heavy for some I use the jack method. Lowering/lifting the car till the wheels and hub line up and slide the wheels in.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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I use two of 999.571.074.30 so I don't knock paint off my calipers when I'm tinkering around at home.
Works for mounting and removing wheels.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
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Simple, use the guide pin.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:33 PM   #5
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Stupid question........but;

Is the guide pin in the tool kit ?
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:39 PM   #6
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^^^Yes ^^^

Even using the one guide pin in the tool kit can be a bit questionable if you want to avoid scraping your freshly painted calipers. I bought a second pin which helps locate the wheel square on to the hub - two are definitely better than one.
And saves your back muscles too....
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Stupid question........but;

Is the guide pin in the tool kit ?
One is.
I got a second thrown in when I bought some used parts.
Even with one guide pin, the hub can spin as you are trying to hang the wheel and bash the caliper.
Doesn't happen when using a pair as the hub and wheel spin together.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:47 PM   #8
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It should be. Here's where mine is- right in the center.
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:00 PM   #9
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Well Hell

Of course that slot is empty in my kit
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:05 PM   #10
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I actually just painted my calipers, and started asking myself the same question when I dropped one wheel on my fresh caliper. . Thank you for the thread.
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It should be. Here's where mine is- right in the center.
Ummm - a clean tool kit, I wish I had one of those......
When did that last see the light of day??
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:30 PM   #12
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Those tool kits are so useless I only ever use 2 bits from it and it looks pristine and unused!
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I cheated and installed stud
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I actually just painted my calipers, and started asking myself the same question when I dropped one wheel on my fresh caliper. . Thank you for the thread.
Brother!! I feel your pain. This thread is for us, and all the other macho grande guys who were too proud to ask.

I'll punch a slot on my man card for asking.
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I cheated and installed stud
Is there a reason why Porsche didn't go with studs like those super easy Japanese cars? Is it a German thing? My sister's BMW is the same way, and it's really annoying.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:53 PM   #17
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Guide pins are one of the few items that aren't Porsche expensive. They're about $10 at the dealer. Well worth the price.

The only other sub-$10 item I've found at the dealer are the black plastic caps that cover the nuts on the windshield wipers - $7.50 for a pair.

On the other end of the spectrum, one of the steel cables you disconnect to put the top in service mode was fraying so I bought a pair to replace them - $316! For a total of 20" of thin steel cable with some knuckles on one end and turnbuckles on the other.
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You know I've never noticed the guide pins. Hek I haven't unrolled the tool kit yet.

Thanks for the info. Good o know.
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It's not automatic that you won't bang the calipers with the guide pin. I had just painted my calipers and when installing the wheel, I did not have the e-brake set and the tire moved and banged dead center across the words on the caliper. So angry.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:24 AM   #20
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this would have been handy when someone doing tire work on my car put my passenger rear wheel in front and the front wheel in the back. I had to switch both in a parking lot at night with that crappy jack and decent 16" lug wrench I keep in the trunk.... guide pins...

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