Removing wheel spacers should not be hard, but a spacer can get stuck due to rust accumulation. This corrosion forms in the area between the wheel and the mounting pad. This corrosive element acts like strong glue to stick them together. Sometimes, a slight deformation caused by road forces can also make the spacers hard to remove. Anyways, the wrong operation will not help you disassemble stuck wheel spacers. What’s worse, you may even damage your vehicle hubs and wheels.
Basically, you have to have all the lug nuts off, otherwise, the spacers are not going anywhere. If you have aluminum wheel spacers, then the likelihood of rust/corrosion developing in the hub assembly. After spraying the studs, do the same in the area where the wheel spacer intersects with the central hub. Let the rust removal spray soak for a while. It should make it easier to separate the wheel spacers from the vehicle hub.
What Do Disassembly Grooves Mean for Wheel Spacers?
To make the removing process easier, BONOSS wheel spacers come with disassembly grooves. The disassembly grooves refer to the small notches which are distributed on the corner of wheel spacers. Normally, a notch leaves a limited clearance between the brake rotor and spacer. When removing the spacer, get a flat-head screwdriver and place it on one notch. Pound a hammer to the screwdriver at a 45-degree angle, and be gentle, but convincing, until it loosens. It should come off pretty easily.
These disassembly grooves contribute to reducing the spacer’s weight, to some extent. For BONOSS active cooling wheel spacers, the grooves also act as air collecting funnels, which is effectively increasing airflow, and enhancing the heat dissipation effect. The more air can flow through the active cooling grooves, the better the heat dissipation.
How to Prevent Wheel Spacers From Being Hard to Remove?
To prevent wheel spacers from sticking on the vehicle hub, try to keep the insides of your spacer clean and smooth, as well as the hub surface. You can also try applying a thin layer of thick grease before you remount the spacers. When aluminum is exposed to water it creates a film of aluminum oxide over the metal that protects the metal beneath it from corrosion. So, aluminum wheel spacers are better resistant to rust and corrosion.
A proper hard anodizing coating ensures complete protection against corrosion. BONOSS aluminum wheel spacers are excellent candidates for black hard coat anodizing. The oxide layer that follows the anodizing process offers excellent protection. The black dye not only brings a premium appearance but also tends to be more lightfast. To be lightfast means that the colors will not fade as quickly. For those who live in a moist climate, BONOSS wheel spacers are a good option for long-term use.