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Old 06-18-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Disappearing hubcap

OK, I give up. I have replaced the left side front hubcap several times and they keep disappearing. Last one replaced last week when I found 2 of them at the truck stop in Coburg, OR. By the time I got here to Anacortes, WA, the new left front one was gone. The right has never disappeared. When I put it on, it felt tight. Any thoughts or ideas before I put on the new one?
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Stop making those high speed turns that lift the right front into the air?
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Maybe try a little Permatex Threadlocker Red the next time or blue if you want less holding.
http://www.permatex.com/products/mot...locker_RED.htm

http://www.permatex.com/products/Aut...ocker_BLUE.htm
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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Dave - I had just my front left hubcap while returning from the Temecula Rally. I don't know any secret to keeping them on since this is the first time I've lost one. I have to say that I recall thinking to myself that that particular hubcap may have been a little loose as I was washing the coach but failed to take any action.

I did find the following source online to order a new one at $29.99 + tax & shipping. I did not have an opportunity to check a Pilot or Flying J so don't know how the price compares.

Real Wheels Universal Solid Baby Moon Front Axle Cover | Wheel Covers| Northern Tool + Equipment
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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Maybe try a little Permatex Threadlocker Red the next time or blue if you want less holding.
http://www.permatex.com/products/mot...locker_RED.htm

http://www.permatex.com/products/Aut...ocker_BLUE.htm

Disregard the above info. Was thinking you had the bolt on wheel covers and not the regular snap-on type hubcaps.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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Hi David,

I've replaced a few front hubcaps on ours too! One trip to Chula Vista we lost 2 of them! The ones I've been buying (from the local truckstop or truck chrome shop) have cost about $10 or less as I recall.

These have got three little black hard-metal "clips" that you put one on each 1/3 of the way around the edge that rubs the inside of the aluminum wheel. These "clips" have got a little cutout that you can grab with a pair of needle nose pliers and "adjust" so that they dig a little deeper into the mating part of the aluminum wheel. The more they dig in, the harder they are to install but there is a trade off between keeping the hubcap forever and losing it quickly.

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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And... be sure you got the clips in the package from the TA in Couburg. I have recently had to purchase these hubcaps and found several packages had been opened (discreetly) and the clips taken. Also... because they are harder to put in with the clips and not made of very thick metal; be careful not to dent them when banging them in. Good luck.
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A trucker once told me while I was getting fuel and replacing one at a truck stop , when putting the cap on , put a little silicone on the tabs, put the cap on and let dry ,they will stay on and will be easy to remove when you need to take one off. It worked on my last coach.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Will try the clip and also the silicone thingees.
BTW, I got 2 for $12.
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Just so you know, some front hubcaps at Flying J have 4 clips, others have 5. I don't remember which we have, but I know the other one won't fit correctly.
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Four clips.....
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FWIW - I received the hubcap I ordered from Northern Tool and installed it. It has 5 - tabs (clips?). It fit VERY tightly. So tightly that even using a folded towel and the rubber end of my hammer I still managed to dent it.

It sounds like the hubcap cost a little more than the Flying J version put it seems to be of good quality, fits tightly, and looks great (even with a small dent!?).
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If you still have problems with the hubcap it might be the rim, some times they flex to much. A friends 57 DeSoto had that problem.
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Disappearing Hub Cap

I've had the same problem. Have lost several hub caps that I bought at truck stops or a local truck dealer. My conclusion in looking at both the new ones and the one original I still have, is that the flanges that extend into the wheel are deeper on the original (about 1/2 inch) versus the new ones (about 3/8 inch). I think the deeper flanges make them more secure. Only problem is that I don't know where to get replacements with the deeper flanges. Anybody found them?
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