How To Change a Hubcap

The costs of car maintenance are going up every day.  Thankfully car manufacturers have made it simpler to do some repairs yourself.  One of those repairs is changing a hubcap.  Follow these simple step by step instructions and you'll save yourself a lot of time, and more importantly, a lot of money.

  1. First check and see which type of hubcaps you have on your car.  You will encounter three types:  the variety that pops on and off, the ones that you must screw on, and the hubcaps that are attached with the wheel's lug nuts. If you're not sure which type you have because your hubcap is severely broken, then look at the rest of your tires.  You don't have to worry about being a licensed mechanic to do this.  It will be very evident which type of hubcaps you have.
  2. If you have the type that simply pop on and off, the only tool you will need is a screwdriver.  Place the end of a flat head screwdriver under the rim of the hubcap and pry it off.  Next, take your new hubcap and push it into place.  Use something to secure it tightly that won't damage the hubcap.  Do not use a hammer.
  3. If you have a hubcap that utilizes screws as a fastener, than all you need once again is a screwdriver.  This process is very simple.  Just unscrew the broken hubcap, pull it off, and replace it with the new one.  Then place the screws back in and tighten them.
  4. The trickiest of the three removals is the hubcaps that are secured onto the wheel with the wheel's lug nuts.  To do this you need a lug nut wrench.  Before you place the wrench onto the lug nuts, make sure that they do not have plastic covers over them.  If they do you must take these off before you can proceed.  The next step is to place the wrench on the first lug nut and begin to unscrew it.  This could take quite a bit of strength.  After you have taken all the lug nuts off place them to the side, and pry the hubcap off.  All you have left to do is put the new hub cap on, and replace all the lug nuts.  Don't tighten them too much.  They will stay on if they are placed on the wheel firmly. Over-tightening them can make it that much more difficult to remove the lug nuts next time you have a flat tire.


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