How to Remove Lug Nut Covers Before Changing Tires
Lug nut cover is not only designed to boost the overall appearance of your tires, but also protects the lug nuts from corrosive elements such as rust. Using lug nut cover will also extend the service life of your lug nuts. Therefore, it is important to invest on add-ons that will not only serve as an embellishment to your vehicle, but will also provide a function. Lug nut covers are usually made of aluminium or plastic, and it will be easy for you to remove them. Here's how to remove your lug nut covers before changing tires.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Lug nut pliers
- Rubber gloves
- Cloth (for cleaning areas around the lug nut)
- Wheel chocks or stone
- Lug nut cover container
- Replacement tires
- Jack and Jack stand
Step 1: Make sure you have the tools and materials needed. You'll only need a good lug nut pliers, basically.
Step 2: Park your vehicle in a safe location, ensuring that the floor has a steady level. Do not work under direct sunlight. Work in a well-ventilated area so you'll be as comfortable as possible.
Step 3: It is recommended to wear rubber gloves, even if doing this job will not be so dirty.
Step 4: Prepare all your wheel chocks or stones. Carefully put them in front and behind each tire to prevent your vehicle from moving forward or backward. You don't need to start your engine for this task. Just make sure that your gear is in park position.
Step 5: You must carefully put the pliers over one of the lug nut covers.
Step 6: Using your fingers or your palm, carefully press the handle together.
Step 7: In order for you to remove the caps, you must pull the lug nut pliers towards you. Take note that if you put too much force, it can possibly crack the plastic lug nut. And too little force will just fail you to remove the caps. Learn the trick by finding the perfect pressure. Repeat this step for all the other caps.
Step 8: Move to the next tire and remove the caps by following the steps above. Just repeat the steps until all the lug nut covers of all four tires are removed. Secure them in a safe place so you won't misplace them while changing your tires.
Step 9: Remove and change your tires. Use the jack to lift your vehicle off the ground. Make sure to loosen the lug nuts first by using a wrench. Pull the old tire off, and cautiously and carefully place the new tire. Repeat this step for all the other tires.
Step 10: You can now safely put all the lug nut covers back. Just slide them over the lug nut, and you're done.
Removing your lug nut covers is truly an easy task that you can do in less than an hour. This is a very basic DIY job that every vehicle owner should know. If you wish to change your lug nut cover, make sure that they complement the style of your mags.