2005 T-bird Flat tire won't come off on 2005 Ford Thunderbird

I have a 2005 T-bird. I had a flat tire. I tried to remove the rear tire but I could not get the tire off. I took it to the shop to see why and I am being told that it is going to cost me close to $1,500 to fix as this is a known problem with this vehicle but not a recall and Ford has changed the design so I can not just change the bad hub but have to replace the entire assembly Rotor/Hub/Bearing/seal/Drive shaft as Ford came up with a new service part to fix the issue. Is this right? This seems very silly to me. What happened to design for serviceability?

by in Katy, TX on June 26, 2012
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on June 27, 2012
I SEE NO TECH SERVICE BULLITONS ON THAT ISSUE. I REC YOU CALL FORD AND ASK QUESTION ABOUT IT AND SEEK A 2ND OPINION ALSO
COMMENT by on June 27, 2012
Thank you
ANSWER by on June 27, 2012
do you mean you can'separate the rim from the hub on the car? LOOSEN ALL LUG NUTS THEN RUN THEM BACK IN JUSTUNTIL THEY TOUCH RIM..NO TORQUE ...THEN DRIVE IT IN A SAFE AREA WHERE YOU CAN STOP AND GO &LEFT & RIGHT SUDDEN START/BRAKING AT LOW SPEED .RE-CHECK FREQUENTLY TO SEE IF ANY RIM MOVEMENT ON HUB AND LOOSEN NUTS TINY BIT AT A TIME .I HAVE DEALT WITH MANY SUCH STUBBORN ALUMINUM (AND STEEL ONCE IN A WHILE) RIMS AND THIS METHOD WITH SOME PATIENCE AND COMMON SENSE DOES WORK. A GOOD BRAND OF PENTRATING OIL MAY BE HELPFUL (NOT SILICONE SPRAY).OR depending on your insurance coverage .......................oops a pothole/curb did that..
COMMENT by on June 27, 2012
Thank you
COMMENT by on June 28, 2012
please keep us posted on how it was resolved . Thanks