3 ways to change a hubcap

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3 ways to change a hubcap
3 ways to change a hubcap
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Typically, when you park too close to another car or hit a curb, some of the hubcaps can get dented or scraped and may need to be replaced. If ever one of your car's hubcaps comes off, you need to replace it too. You will likely be able to find a replacement hubcap (that matches the other hubcaps on your car) online, at a tire store, or at the dealership where you purchased the car.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Change a hubcap with wheel nuts

Change to Hubcap Step 1
Change to Hubcap Step 1

Step 1. Park the car on flat, level ground and pull the parking brake

You're going to be working near the wheels of the car, so make sure to block them so they don't move.

Change to Hubcap Step 2
Change to Hubcap Step 2

Step 2. Turn a nut counterclockwise using a wrench to loosen it

The wheel nuts are small hex bolts that attach the tire to the car. This procedure may require some effort if the nuts are too tight. Once you release them, you can unscrew them by hand. If you are having a lot of difficulty, you can use your foot to apply pressure on the wrench and make the nuts loosen.

A spider looks like a bar with a circular hole. Usually this tool is located in the trunk of the car. If this is not your case, you should make sure you have one. This tool is necessary to change a flat tire

Change to Hubcap Step 3
Change to Hubcap Step 3

Step 3. Remove three of the lug nuts and keep two of these on opposite sides of the tire

These nuts connect the wheel to the hubcap, so you want to prevent the entire wheel from coming off. You should be careful to put the nuts in a safe place so that you don't lose sight of them.

If you have a total of five nuts, you must remove two that are on the same side and one on the opposite side

Change to Hubcap Step 4
Change to Hubcap Step 4

Step 4. Remove the plastic washers from the nuts

These pieces are responsible for holding the hubcap together, and are not just a complement to the lug nuts. You should leave them in a safe place, since you will need them later.

Change to Hubcap Step 5
Change to Hubcap Step 5

Step 5. Reattach the three nuts by tightening them slightly

You don't need to adjust them completely, just do it by hand. Then you should use the crosshead to adjust them just a quarter turn. These pieces hold the tire in place while you remove the other two washers.

Change to Hubcap Step 6
Change to Hubcap Step 6

Step 6. Unscrew the other two nuts to remove the hubcap

Without the washers, the hubcap should slide off right away.

Change to Hubcap Step 7
Change to Hubcap Step 7

Step 7. Put the new hubcap on the bolts and replace the two nuts

There is a small cutout that needs to fit over the tire valve. You need to line up this cutout. Then slide on the new hubcap and tighten both nuts. You just need to adjust them by hand for now. Don't worry about fully adjusting them.

Change to Hubcap Step 8
Change to Hubcap Step 8

Step 8. Remove the first three lug nuts, replace the washers and screw them on

You must adjust them again by hand so that the tire returns to the starting point. Also, you can slide the washers over the section.

Change to Hubcap Step 9
Change to Hubcap Step 9

Step 9. Use the bar to ensure tight tightness of the nuts

To start, you need to tighten all the nuts by hand. Then you should move in a circle adjusting each one a quarter turn at a time until they stop moving too much. You should never fully tighten one bolt before moving on to the others, as it can bend or warp the hubcap.

Method 2 of 3: Change a hubcap with screws

Change to Hubcap Step 10
Change to Hubcap Step 10

Step 1. Park the car on level ground and pull the parking brake

This is a simple security measure that you should not ignore. Never start working on the wheels or under the car without making sure the car cannot move.

Change to Hubcap Step 11
Change to Hubcap Step 11

Step 2. Locate the screw on the hubcap that you need to remove

If you can't spot it right away, it's likely under a piece of plastic. You must use a screwdriver to carefully remove this small cover.

Change to Hubcap Step 12
Change to Hubcap Step 12

Step 3. Unscrew the screw and remove the old hubcap

You should make sure to put the screw in a safe place to prevent it from moving or getting lost.

Change to Hubcap Step 13
Change to Hubcap Step 13

Step 4. Attach the new hubcap to the wheel and replace the bolt

To start, you must screw it in by hand and then you must use the screwdriver.

Change to Hubcap Step 14
Change to Hubcap Step 14

Step 5. Screw in the screw firmly using a screwdriver and be careful not to overtighten it

You want to tighten it just enough that it won't budge, but you don't need to break your back when you screw it on.

Method 3 of 3: Change a hubcap without wheel bolts or nuts

Change to Hubcap Step 15
Change to Hubcap Step 15

Step 1. Park the car on level ground and pull the parking brake

You should be sure to lock the car completely before starting work.

Change to Hubcap Step 16
Change to Hubcap Step 16

Step 2. Use a screwdriver to pry around the edge of the old hubcap and loosen it

You should use a flat screwdriver and pull lightly at certain points until you feel the cover move freely.

  • If you feel like something is going to break, you should stop and try somewhere else.
  • You may have to loosen some areas to remove the hubcap.
Change to Hubcap Step 17
Change to Hubcap Step 17

Step 3. Remove the hubcap

You should continue to pry until the hubcap comes off.

Change to Hubcap Step 18
Change to Hubcap Step 18

Step 4. Place the new hubcap on the wheel

You must align it with the previous one and detect the place where the small cut is located to place the valve stem.

Change to Hubcap Step 19
Change to Hubcap Step 19

Step 5. Gently tap around the rim until the hubcap snaps into place

This item has not yet to be fully insured.

Change to Hubcap Step 20
Change to Hubcap Step 20

Step 6. To secure the hubcap, tap it very carefully using a rubber mallet around the rim

You need to tap it lightly into place and work your way around the rim to perfect it. At this point, you should feel a few "clicks" as the hubcap snaps into place.

Advice

  • When tightening the lug nuts, you should not do it one after the other. You should adjust each one a few at a time until they are all well adjusted.
  • If you are missing a screw for your hubcap, you should remove one from one of the other hubcaps and purchase a replacement from a hardware or auto parts store.
  • If you don't have a rubber mallet on hand, you can use the bottom of a rubber-soled shoe or hit hard using your hands. You must be careful not to injure yourself if you are going to use the hand method.

Warnings

  • Be careful when hitting the new hubcap with a rubber mallet so you don't dent it or cause damage.
  • If you can't secure the hubcap properly, it could come off while you're driving the car.

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