A girl with two distraught looking men come into my store today. Story unfolds inside.
Dude 1: We need a socket for the center nut on a wheel. (shows me a picture on their phone)
Me: Are you trying to change the wheel bearing or something?
Dude 1: No, we got a flat and we're trying to take the tire off.
Me:(see above photo)
Dude 1: We got the 5 bolts off(vehicle used lug nuts not bolts), but that center one is still holding it on.
Me: That center one is the axle nut. You don't need to take that off. It's probably just stuck. Try holding the tire at 12 and 6, or 3 and 9 position and kind of rock it.
Dude 1: Okay we'll try that.
3 hours later:
They return. The two men filthy at this point.
Dude 1: Nah, man we definitely need to get that big nut off. It's an old car so it's different than newer ones.
Other guy chimes in
Dude 2: I looked at it, that nut is holding it on.
Inner Me: Okay, professor.
Me:I have never seen a car that requires you to remove the axle nut to take a tire off. How old are we talking?
Girl: 2001 Cavalier
Me: (See above photo) Haha, that is not old. Hold on a second. (I grab a rubber mallet) Take this and smack the wheel. This method has never failed me.
Girl: Can you just come and do this please?
Me: Sorry, I can't leave the store.
An hour later:
Girl(almost in tears now): It's not working, it has to be that nut.
Me: Where are you guys?
Girl: Just across the street.
I go over, tap it with the mallet and it comes off immediately.
Me: Have a good night.