Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to Fix Loose Hub Cap

Fig.1 Hub cap
By Gary Boutin

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Anne Maroon was driving a 1998 Toyota Sienna passenger van. Her hub cap was loose. She did not know what to do?

This post shows the six steps to correct a loose hub cap. 

Step 1: Fig.1 Above shows a look at the hub cap cover 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the hub cap is almost falling out of the metal wheel.
Fig.2 Pulling off
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the loose hub cap on the van tire. Now look at the hub cap, is it broken are the springs loose. This one was not broken and just needed to be pushed into the metal tire edges.
Fig.3 Loose hubcap
Step 4: Fig.4 shows a rubber tipped mallet. This mallet was purchase at Harbor Freight Tools store and it's stored in the trunk of my car.
Fig.4 Better than your hands
Step 5: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows how to use the rubber mallet to pound the hub cab springs back into the metal wheel. Use the mallet to help push the hub cab into the wheel, use to much power and the hub cap could break, to little and the hub cap will just spring back. It takes practice but anyone can do it, it's better than paying $40 or more for a new hub cap.
Fig.5 Top rim
Fig.6 Bottom rim
Step 6: Fig.7 shows the hub cap is on tightly against the metal wheel and is safe to drive.

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