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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 09-05-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Rim jammed on caliper

So my rim cracked somehow so I put the spare on. The tire went on fine and seemed completely fine. I start to reverse and instantly stop due to a grinding noise. Apparently the previous owner did not have the right size spare because the rim got stuck against my calipers. I need ideas how to remove my wheel :/
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:05 AM   #2
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Presuming the spare is slightly buckled if you were able to get it on.

a) Drive car forward 18 inches.

Failing that:

b) Sturdy timber and a large sledge hammer.


Edit..... wouldn't taking the wheel nuts off not solve the problem...?

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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The wheel nuts are off but the tire is stuck on my car because the caliper is jammed against the inside of the rim.

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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And if I drive forward it sounds awful just metal scraping. And it feels as if it will break something

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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What size is the spare? Sounds like you managed to get a 15" rim jammed on there. You're going to have to get a good look from the back (not with the factory jack for support) to see what's holding it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:49 PM   #6
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And if I drive forward it sounds awful just metal scraping. And it feels as if it will break something

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You have no option but to safely drive the wheel off from the inside or yank it from the outside. The damage is already done from jamming the caliper. Problem is getting it on a lift (the safest option) is a trick as she won't roll for a tow.

Before attempting potential suicide kicking the wheel off from underneath, I'd lift the wheel slightly off the ground and support the frame to allow motion in the direction of removal. The car may slide slightly so the support should be something like a concrete block and wood placed so a few inches of frame motion will work. A jack stand may tip over which is bad. Wrap a couple nylon tie-down straps around the wheel through the spokes on each side and join them in a "Y" center point. Hook them to an anchor point like a pole, tree or truck bumper/hitch. You could use a mechanical come-along winch and tension the wheel under pulling force until she pops off. The hillbilly method would be to slack the line and drive the truck forward snatching the wheel off (not recommended). Keep safely away from getting whipped from a strap snapping!
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:21 PM   #7
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Got it off thanks for all the tips

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Old 09-06-2014, 06:52 PM   #8
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Why was it stuck, wrong size wheel?
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Yeah I guess so, don't know how I got it on without realizing though haha

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I got lucky getting it off. My jack actually broke and it fell but it unharmed the rim from the caliper. Got another jack and got it off real easy. Could have been a lot worse though

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:31 PM   #11
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I got lucky getting it off. My jack actually broke and it fell but it unharmed the rim from the caliper. Got another jack and got it off real easy. Could have been a lot worse though

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:44 PM   #12
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I'd still end up getting hurt probably

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Old 09-07-2014, 10:49 AM   #13
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Yeah I guess so, don't know how I got it on without realizing though haha

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IDK either, when I was looking for winter tires and rims I found a set of 15's for sale. Before I called I tried to mount a 15" rim I have and there was no way it would go on.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:32 PM   #14
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looooool I need a raise like this thread every day no offence 707 , we all started somewhere . I'm presuming that the first time you used the breaks the calliper moved and the proudest part of the calliper met the proudest part of the wheel or did you force it on tightening the wheel nuts ? please be carful with yourself 707
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #15
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No it happened when I drove. Lol

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No it happened when I drove. Lol

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That's what I mean while driving you've used the brake and the calliper has moved over slightly and jammed on the rim , or is the wheel buckled ?
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:18 AM   #17
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The rim seemed fine. But idk the tire wen r on fine and got bolted in. But as soon as I tried to drive the caliper got jammed. Don't know how or why. But it's fixed with no damage just a scratch on the outside of my caliper

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:17 PM   #18
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I'm guessing you simply missed the caliper's high point when you mounted up the wheel? The cal sat between the spokes. When the wheel went into rotation - CANK!!
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