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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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slipping center caps

Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep the center caps correctly aligned with
the wheel? I see the valve stem symbol and point it towards the valve stem . The caps stay
on ok but slip out of alignment . I guess there should be some type of guide to lock the cap in
place. May have been broken off by a previous owner. Any suggestion would be great as this doesn't
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Good question, RocknR . . .

About ten plus years ago The Doophus was having the same issue until I followed this simple "quick fix" . . .

Cut a few (two or three should do it) small strips (about 1/2 inch) of double sided tape. Randomly fold the strips over the little prongs on the inside of each center cap. Takes a grand total of about ten minute and . . .

NO MORE SLIPPING yet the cap is still fairly easy to remove when necessary.

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Great idea and I happen to have some double sided tape in the shop!
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Good question, RocknR . . .

About ten plus years ago The Doophus was having the same issue until I followed this simple "quick fix" . . .

Cut a few (two or three should do it) small strips (about 1/2 inch) of double sided tape. Randomly fold the strips over the little prongs on the inside of each center cap. Takes a grand total of about ten minute and . . .

NO MORE SLIPPING yet the cap is still fairly easy to remove when necessary.

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I think I will do that on all four as I have heard of people loosing them while driving
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Good question, RocknR . . .

About ten plus years ago The Doophus was having the same issue until I followed this simple "quick fix" . . .

Cut a few (two or three should do it) small strips (about 1/2 inch) of double sided tape. Randomly fold the strips over the little prongs on the inside of each center cap. Takes a grand total of about ten minute and . . .

NO MORE SLIPPING yet the cap is still fairly easy to remove when necessary.

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P.S. Curt's center caps haven't slipped since he did this, TRUE...BUT, DOOPHUS hasn't left the garage since he did it either!! .......

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Put Gorilla tape on tabs of the TOY.
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Just a reminder. If you have any work done where they are going to have to remove the wheels like front end alignment, new tires, brakes, etc. always take your caps off prior to dropping your SSR off for that work. The shop will appreciate it and you will save the frustration of them breaking one. Just a tip.
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The metal wire that loops the tabs is actually there as a spring. It must be on the inside of all of the tabs to create the pressure to keep it installed. If it's not, then that's why it's slipping.

it's also possible one or more are cracked at the base. If so, then the tape solution is likely your best bet.


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Just a reminder. If you have any work done where they are going to have to remove the wheels like front end alignment, new tires, brakes, etc. always take your caps off prior to dropping your SSR off for that work. The shop will appreciate it and you will save the frustration of them breaking one. Just a tip.
Yes and when you put them on...picture of value stem on inside of cap to the value stem of the wheel.
If the finger or fingers get broke on the cap they can be glued.



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But doesn't running hubcaps slow up pit stops?

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I took a heat gun and rebent the tabs... no slipping any more
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Just a warning, I had a slightly loose cap it would move slightly after being driven.
Never worried about it, till one day heading to Sonic with the Grandson, we hear a bang, pulled over on the freeway (It was that loud) Checked the truck out, center cap missing on right front tire and 3 deep gouges on the passenger door. Searched for cap, no luck.
So what I learned , make sure caps are tight and don't move, replacement OEM caps cost a lot, good touch up paint work isn't cheap.
I have my OEM set in a box, and run repro caps unless we are going to a show.


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I have never removed the caps and I am unsure how to without breaking any tabs. I have 2 that rotate slightly after driving. I would like to take them off and do a repair. Can someone give me the procedure for safely removing them.

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Bruce do you just take a flat screw driver and pry it off carefully?
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Bruce do you just take a flat screw driver and pry it off carefully?
Far from being an expert, David, but I use and would recommend something like this . . .
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Bruce do you just take a flat screw driver and pry it off carefully?
You can tape up a screwdriver or use a plastic pry-bar but I know what you're thinking. You think you can sweet talk that virgin hubcap, Aw come on baby, I just want to put the tip in. That won't do it, you won't get enough movement. I used to slide the screwdriver in 3 or 4 inches and pull up prying against the rim inside the cap and lifting at the notch. The cap would distort quite a bit but never broke one.

Then Mike in AZ came up with that paint can opener that Doophus pictured. It has a hook on the business end which can grab the hubcap in that slot and pull it straight up with less risk of breaking something.
Then there are about forty eleven different ways to keep the cap from turning when you put it back on.

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Far from being an expert, David, but I use and would recommend something like this . . .
It is a paint can opener and you can get them free at a paint store usually.


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Then Mike in AZ came up with that paint can opener that Doophus pictured. It has a hook on the business end which can grab the hubcap in that slot and pull it straight up with less risk of breaking something.
A huge THANK YOU, Bruce!

You are absolutely correct . . . Mike gave me that Special Cap Removal Tool.

When posting earlier, I could not remember where it came from until you kicked my memory in gear.

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A huge THANK YOU, Bruce!

You are absolutely correct . . . Mike gave me that Special Cap Removal Tool.

When posting earlier, I could not remember where it came from until you kicked my memory in gear.

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I bought a set of Nylon Pry Bar Tools from Harbor Freight. They are very inexpensive and one them is the perfect size to pop off the center caps. Slip small end of the pry bar in the open notch on cap, push down on longer end and they pop right off.

https://www.harborfreight.com/nylon-...-pc-69668.html

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A huge THANK YOU, Bruce!

You are absolutely correct . . . Mike gave me that Special Cap Removal Tool.

When posting earlier, I could not remember where it came from until you kicked my memory in gear.

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I have had no reason yet to pop off those hub caps.......but will soon as I plan for a new set of tires. As a proud owner of one of those paint can openers, and hearing how fragile the hub retainers are.........I'm trying to relate to this comment.

"It has a hook on the business end which can grab the hubcap in that slot and pull it straight up with less risk of breaking something."

??? What do you mean by.......pull it straight up. Assuming the wheel/tire is still attached to the SSR, wouldn't you really mean pull straight OUT (versus) up. Is that slight "hook" really grabbing something on bottom side of cap. I just don't wanna break what sounds like a "screwy" retention setup for a damn hubcap.
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small end of the pry bar in the open notch on cap, push down on longer end and they pop right off.
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You could do that with a flat bar?

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??? What do you mean by.......pull it straight up. Assuming the wheel/tire is still attached to the SSR, wouldn't you really mean pull straight OUT (versus) up.
I was referring to the hubcap in the picture, but yes.

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Anyone out there have access to the wooden clothes pins with the spring on them? Remove spring and you have (2) tools for removing the cap. Maybe a little filing on the width to custom fit to the slot. Works great and will not scratch.
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