Hub Cap Set-up in Three Easy Steps
Hub caps are the trendy metal-or plastic-pieces that both decorate and cover the exterior of a car's wheel. Mainly designed to provide an upgrade in the vehicle's looks, they are one of the most in-demand car accessories in the market. Have four of them and you can enjoy a drive that has both class and style. Luckily, that kind of ride isn't hard to achieve. Follow these steps and you could have your fashionable hub caps installed in a breeze.
Required skill level: Novice
Tools you'll need
Examining your car's hub caps
Different hub caps require different-but easy, just the same-forms of installation. Some are pinned into place with clips, while others are bolted with lug nuts. For easy installation, use a wrench or screwdriver, especially when you see spaces for nuts or bolts on the hub cap's surface.
Removing the old hub caps
For bolted hub caps, unfasten the nuts with a wrench first so the caps can be easily pulled off the wheel. But if these ornamental covers are just snapped in place, you can simply pry them off with a screwdriver.
Installing the new hub caps
Align the new hub caps with the bolts or clips that would put them in place. Make sure that each cap is completely and evenly positioned around the wheel. While aligning, note that the tire's valve stem should not be covered. Once the new hub caps have been perfectly positioned, tighten the nuts with the wrench. As for hub caps fastened with clips, simply push the caps onto the wheel. Check if the new hub caps are secured tightly by tapping the edges with your feet. Repeat the steps for all wheels and enjoy the posh drives after!
Some car owners may enjoy accessorizing their vehicles too much, changing car parts too often. We don't discourage such penchant, but we'd like to remind you of the possible damages this may cause to your car. Frequent taking off and putting on of hub caps would thoroughly expose the fasteners to wear and tear, eventually making the covers prone to falling off. For a long-lasting stylish ride, it is best to replace or install new hub caps only when necessary.