Saturn Vue Hubcaps
Problems that are Common to Saturn Vue Hubcaps
There are many reasons why you need to protect your car's wheels. For one, the wheel of the car is most subject to punishment coming from outside factors like dirt, rain, and such. The least that could happen to your wheels is that they would look dirty. Neglect them further, and all the accumulation could make them unrecognizable to the point that they inevitably deteriorate. That's why there is a need for protective wheel covers, or hubcaps. Like any part of your car, though, these hubcaps also have problems you need to be aware of.
That 'clunking' sound
When riding a Saturn Vue, owners have told stories of hearing an audible clunking sound when going at 20 mph. Closer inspection revealed that a lateral arm had torn itself off from the hubcap. This is a dangerous situation for one to be in, and requires immediate attention. Traveling with a hubcap that is broken is literally traveling with a crippled car as it would cause the driver to lose control of the car. The 2003 model of the Vue is particularly infamous for this sort of problem.
Hubcaps coming off
The most serious problem you can ever expect from hubcaps is when they come off the vehicle. Hubcaps are built to be sturdy and tough, but driving conditions can force them to come off. However, there are other conditions that can cause them to do so. One would be damage coming from contact with a curb. Faulty installation and broken retainer clips or struts can also be considered as possible causes. Check for these problems with your hubcaps before you plan on taking a trip or going for a drive.
Hubcaps won't come off
It is highly important that you know your car's wheel size and dimensions if you are in the market for a new hubcap. In some instances, instead of the hubcap coming off, it stays on admirably, and could be hard to remove even when you need to take it off for any reason. This problem with tight and hard-to-remove hubcaps lies in what size your wheel is. If your hubcap is too large or there is not enough room for it, chances are you might experience a hard time in replacing or removing your hubcaps.