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Old 05-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Alcoa rear wheel center cap

On the Alcoa wheel I can get the front cap off , no problem. I can not get the rear to move at all. How is it removed? Just cleaning wheels and easier to get between lug nuts with caps off.
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If you're talking about the DS, it's a reverse thread.
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If you're talking about the DS, it's a reverse thread.
What is a DS?
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DS = driver's side.
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On the Alcoa wheel I can get the front cap off , no problem. I can not get the rear to move at all. How is it removed? Just cleaning wheels and easier to get between lug nuts with caps off.
If you're talking about the big dome that covers the hub, I have seen one-piece covers on some HD trucks, but the ones I have seen on most motorhomes are held in place by the octagonally shaped nut in the middle. They make special wrenches for the nut, but I don't have one. I can sometimes get enough of a bite in the nut with one of those rubber strap wrenches, but usually the nut is too tight. You can use channel lock pliers or a pipe wrench if you have a one big enough, but you have to be careful not to scratch the chrome on the nut. On our motorhome, the threads on both sides are standard right-hand threads.
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I have a question to what next, first of all what kind of motor home do you have and chassis? Like said above some have a hex nut, some have nothing that can be seen. If the cap is just smooth then they pull off. These are held on from the inside with flat springs that push outward towards the inside of the cap. The ends of these springs are designed to "bite " into the cap and hold it in place. Be aware, these springs can be very sharp and will cut. Once a year I remove the caps and the springs and polish the wheels. The rest of the year I polish the best I can. The cap just pulls off with a few adjectives. LOL And by the way,
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I just assumed you had the hex head nut. If so, this a good tool to have: ULTIMATE HUB NUT TOOL | eBay
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I was wondering what DS was too, I thought maybe it was dumb **** but that did not seem to apply , but then I don't understand how driverside applies either. This is on a Workhorse 07 I don't think it unscrews , at the base it has a small cutout for each lugnut. I am talking about the dome that covers the hub I guess I will try wiggling it off again but it does not seem to wiggle.
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I believe they pull off.
Have foam inside covering hub.
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Remove the chrome nuts, with the special plier. Then, the center will come right off. Likley after you remove 2 or 3 it will be very loose...
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Paz had it right , I used a strap wrench to remove nut then cap wiggled right off. I debated about polishing the wheels I had read about the wheels being seal coated. I bought this rig used and after 4 years of hard water spots and 20,000 miles I thought the wheels could look better. About 1/2 per wheel and they look like chrome.
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I just assumed you had the hex head nut. If so, this a good tool to have: ULTIMATE HUB NUT TOOL | eBay
This tool works VERY well on Freightliner rear hub nuts. I bought one after a road service driver ruined my DS nut and hub cover. He didn't know (neither did I at they time) that the DS is reverse threaded. He caved in the hub cover and destroyed the nut with his vise grips. I now carry the tool on-board. It came in handy when I purchased new tires. The tire shop manager asked me where he could buy one.

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On our motorhome, the threads on both sides are standard right-hand threads.
If you have hub piloted wheels you will in almost all cases have right hand threads. If you have stud piloted wheels then you may have left and right handed threads, but not always.
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I guess I have hub piloted wheels both standard thread.
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