Spotting and Fixing Mitsubishi Galant Hubcaps Troubles
One of the best ways to convert your Mitsubishi Galant from a tame mid-size car to a cool sports car (at least on the outside) is to add stylish hubcaps. Normally offered as an upgrade, hubcaps give the wheels some weather protection, which prevents the lugs and studs from corroding and rusting. They also prevent loose lugs from falling off and getting lost on the road. Although considered as unnecessary car accessories, the hubcaps can be quite expensive. So if your vehicle has them, then it helps to know how you can repair them and escape from buying replacements. Here are some troubleshooting tips for your Mitsubishi Galant hubcaps.
Removing dings and dents
So you hit the curb and dinged your Mitsubishi Galant hubcaps, but you don't want to head to the shop and come out penniless. If you are moderately DIY capable then you can put your wallet back in your pocket and roll your sleeves. Use the adjustable wrench to loosen the nuts from the bolts, and remove the hubcap from the wheel. Mix water and denture cleaner in a cup. Dunk a piece of cloth in the mixture and use it to wipe the dented area clean. Once cleaned, place the hubcap on a thick folded towel and tap the dented area gently with the rubber hammer. Gently tap until the dented part has smoothed out or at least on the same surface level with the rest of the hubcap. If the dent is pretty major, then you can use pointed body hammer and crowned body hammer for a more focused repair. And then finish up with teardrop mallet.
Hubcaps are only as good as how they look. Sad but true. With the constant exposure to the road, the hubcaps are prone to minor scratches that can turn into major rust spots. Sometimes, getting rid of hubcaps scratches can be as easy as just cleaning and polishing them. Apply plastic cleaner on the hubcap and use a damp sponge to spread the cleaner. Wipe in circular motion and focus on the scratched area.Wipe the hubcap with a microfiber towel until the polish is gone. Check the scratches, if they are still there then scrub the scratch with soaked 600-grit sandpaper. When done, wipe it down again with a microfiber towel again and reapply plastic cleaner.
Bent or broken clips can cause the squeaky and rattling noises. Check the condition of your clips. Bent clips can be straightened out with a hairdryer and mild hammering. If the clips are broken then you would need to replace the entire hubcap.
When repairing dents, use consistent pressure on the tapping motion and frequently check the other side of the dent to monitor its progress. You can adjust the tapping pressure depending on the progress of the dent.