2005 Ford Thunderbird Q&A

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

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? -
Answer 1
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 -
Answer 2
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 1
Thank you -
Comment 2
please keep us posted on how it was resolved . Thanks -