Removing centre caps

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Removing centre caps

Post by Ming » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:47 pm

I've bought some new centre caps for my 19inch alloys but I'm buggered if I can see how to remove the old ones. Do you have to remove the wheel first and push it out from the inside? There's barely enough gap for my thinnest feeler gauge to go past from the outside
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Removing centre caps

Post by 1000rr » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:49 pm

Screw a screw into them and pull out. :thumbsup:
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Post by brillomaster » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:14 pm

Certainly easiest to knock them out from behind.

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Post by mr.tourette » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:40 pm

I've always managed to catch an edge with a precision screwdriver but you do have to be careful not to catch the wheel..as 1000rr says, if they are junk then just run a screw through the middle
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Post by bg1 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:52 pm

Or push an Allen key through the middle and hoik out.

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Post by Ole gits rule » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:58 pm

Changed mine - tried the screwdriver method and though no way so used a screw through the middle and yanked them out :thumbsup:
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Post by Nictrix » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:10 pm

Take them off , push them out from the rear and give the whole wheel a good clean while you are at it :D
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Removing centre caps

Post by Huzee4 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:26 pm

I used one of these when I fitted a set of floating caps :thumbsup:
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Post by Huzee4 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:30 pm

Incidentally the floating caps are a waste of money, I completely forget I have them only to be reminded every time I catch one with the Karcher when cleaning the alloys, they spin furiously and that’s where my enjoyment of them ends :(
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Removing centre caps

Post by Ming » Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:20 pm

Thx for the replies, guys.

As I have no way of getting the wheels off, I'll try the screw method. The outside edges of the caps are scabby so not planning on reusing them.
I do like to go topless......
....... in my remapped 20i in Valencia Orange with Black Roof :driving:

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