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#1 mf1999


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:42 PM

hi all,


thanks for your previous help back in december when my alternator packed in, the car is still running beautifully.


however i today tried to lower the spare carrier just in case i got a puncture on the motorway only to find it completely siezed solid and no matter what tool i tried or lubricating spray i tried it would only move a tiny little bit, i don't really want to keep trying this in case i snap the head off the bolt but i would like to get it down so i could at least keep it from happening again in the future however i don't know what else i can really try other than maybe trying to loosen it every day.


any more advice would be much appreciated


thanks in advance



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:06 PM

Try applying some penetrating oil (e.g. Plus Gas) to the thread just above the carrier so it can run down into the seized up area and leave it for a day to soak, then try again. You might need to repeat the treatment a few times before it releases.


After you get it sorted apply a good coating of Waxoyl to stop it seizing up again.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:32 PM

Do as Rawhey says, spray it, then tighten and slacken repeatedy a little at a time,with more penetrating oil.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:18 PM

thanks for the replies, i will try what is suggested over the weekend and keep you updated,



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Posted Yesterday, 03:00 PM

Hi Depending how seriously rusted it is. It might work with some penetrating oil (I doubt). 

I had to deal with it in all my second hand Peugeot/Citroen. On the new ones I made sure it would never happen. ;-)  Since I don´t have much faith on the penetrating oil alone. I learn it the hard way. LOL :-)

One or a combination of theses methods will bring it back.  


- Non destructive. (slow) Clean it as best as possible with wire brush/wheel. Then use a rust remover (liquid), vinegar works OK, but it´s slow. 

Several applications will make it work. Chase the threads, lub. it and it´s back in business 100%.


- Destructive. Cut it out with an angle grinder, and get a new one from Ebay, quite cheap.


- Slightly destructive. :-) Cut a vertical slot on the threaded part, with Dremel type tool. Tight up again and drop a couple of welds points. Done.


In all cases to remove the tire easily. Loose some air and you should be able to remove it. ;-)

Edited by crpt2008, Yesterday, 03:01 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 07:09 PM

If you do snap it, a new one off eBay starts at around  £12   ,,,   



Edit:  Just noticed that one is from China !

£27 for a bit more local  :)



£25 on Amazon



Might actually be worth asking Citroen too  !

Edited by gray, Yesterday, 07:15 PM.