As if right on cue to celebrate the new year, the rear driver's side tire on the Subaru went dead flat. So I called the garage today and ordered my tires, then went out to change over to the donut. Or tried to - the nuts came off easily enough, but the wheel was completely locked on. Kicked, pounded, under, over, pried, nothing. I started to wonder if I'd forgotten how to change a tire?
Looking online for a solution, someone recommended a lubricant named PB Blaster. Caught a ride with my mother up to the auto supply store, and there it was:
It's a little hard to see, but that graphic at the bottom of the package is - for reasons a little esoteric - a simple line illustration of a styrofoam cup dissolving in stages. So I figured that PB would follow the laws of package craziness to product quality ratio laid down by Dr. Bronner. Sure enough, a couple of sprays with that and a well-placed whack with the rubber mallet, and the wheel came loose.
I actually let out a whoop of triumph - it's the little things in life that count.