How to Change hubcaps?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by katie ta achoo, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    #1
    I'm getting my friend some new hubcaps for her car for her birthday.

    Uhh, I measured her rims, I know what size, and I've gotten them already.

    but I HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW TO PUT THEM ON!

    So, I come to you, MR (the only internets forum I post on.), to ask you how to change hubcaps!

    My other friend and I will be going over at 11 or so to change them, and if need be, I can take my dad.. but he's not a car dude. He's more of a neurobiologist...
    Dr. Kt's dad, Ph.D. , professor of neurobiology.
    (read: not car guy)

    any tips? How do I actually do this?
    It's a 1997 Ford Taurus if that helps.
    Thanks! :D
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

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    #2
    Hub caps are usually attached by a pressured wire ring or clips - all you have to do is pry the old ones off and snap on the new ones.

    The only issue is how much pressure you need to apply :D

    D
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Rubber mallet works best.

    Take along a BIIGG screwdriver or a prybar of some type to pop the old ones off.

    Put new one on by hand, then use rubber mallet to moderately bang it around the circumference so that it goes onto the wheel evenly and the springs all around engage the rim. If you bang it too hard on one side, the opposite side will pop up, which is undesirable. You have to kind of sneak up on it by seating it a little at a time all around.

    Lacking a rubber mallet you can get it on by kicking judiciously, but it's harder and looks funny that way.
     
  4. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    So I just need a crowbar?

    No screwdrivers or special
    uhhh
    car things?

    and to put them on a big rubber mallet?

    I'm the stereotypical woman driver... I have no idea of how anything works. I have AAA on my cellphone, so it's OK. :p

    That's my style.
    Lookin' funny.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #5
    Yep, just pry them off with a screwdriver or something. When you put the new ones on, make sure that you don't cover up the air valve (I speak from experience :rolleyes: )
     

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