Chevrolet Cavalier Wheel Covers: Troubleshooting Tips for Their Common Problems
Wheel covers are a pretty good investment if you want to make your Cavalier look real good. However, there a number of problems that can affect these parts, enough to give any owner a real headache. Be sure to give proper attention to any problem you may be having with wheel covers. If you ignore any of these issues long enough, one of your wheel covers might pop off as you zoom through the freeway. The following are some of the usual problems you may encounter with your Chevrolet Cavalier wheel covers and the usual causes:
Rattling sounds mean that a nut or bolt is loose in the wheel cover. Inspect the wheel cover as soon as possible to locate the source of the sound. Tighten these components, so the noise will usually go away.
Rotation and clicking sounds
The clicking sound you hear is that of the wheel cover as it rotates little by little. This is usually the result of a loose fit between the wheel cover and the wheel. There are some fixes you can do to improve the situation. You can tweak the tabs on the side with a pair of pliers to give the wheel cover a tighter fit. A simpler but more expensive fix for this would be to buy yourself another set of better-fitting wheel covers. Consider getting a new wheel cover with clip-on retention to prevent such thing from happening.
Loose wheel covers
Every time a wheel cover is removed and reinstalled, the metal tabs or grooves on the cover wear out a tiny bit. Further deterioration of these metal tabs will result in a rather loose fit. To retighten the wheel cover's grip, you can use a pair of pliers and a rubber mallet to adjust the edge of the wheel cover. Just bend the edges outward and then tap on them afterwards to secure the wheel cover onto the wheel.
New wheel covers falling off
This happens when buying wheel covers that don't fit your car. You may try some of the methods outlined above to tighten the wheel cover. Still, you're probably better off replacing them.