Scion Xa Hubcaps
Signs and Symptoms of Bad Scion Xa Hubcaps
Known by many car owners as wheel covers, the Scion Xa hubcaps are round metallic disks designed to fit snugly over the center space of your vehicle's tires. Not only are they responsible for protecting the lug nuts from being exposed to the elements, but they are also seen as aesthetic components. Whether you want your car custom-designed or you just like it looking brand new, treat hubcaps as part of your vehicle's overall style. However, if you're driving and you hear a noise from your wheels, then there must be wrong with this part. Don't brush it off as some minor problem and check it out as soon as possible.
If you hear a clicking sound coming from one of the wheels, it could be caused by a foreign object trapped in one of your hubcaps. This is quite common for caps made from chrome and wire materials.
To fix this problem, just take out the hubcap where you hear the clicking sound from, and see if there's a small object inside-like a small rock or other debris.
If there's none, then a part of your hubcap might be loose. If you don't want to replace the component yet, you can apply electrical tape around the edge to make it quiet down.
Squeaking and rattling sounds
Hearing squeaking and rattling noises is not as common as the clicking sound because you can only hear it if you open your window and drive at low speeds-usually under 15 to 20 mph. From time to time, roll down your windows and drive slowly to listen for this noise. If you do hear a squeaking or a rattling sound, then the clips holding the hubcap-particularly the one where the sound is coming from-are loose.
Here's a quick-fix: take a few pieces of weather-strip foam and stick them to the backsides of the hubcaps. This can put enough outward pressure on the clips to keep them still. Place a few more pieces in strategic areas near the loose hardware or on the outer rim area if the clips are still making noise.