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Old 07-07-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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HUBCAPS, "What am I doing wrong?"

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ID:	132318over the course of 5 years, I have lost REAR hubcaps from both left and right rims. Front hubs stay put. I carry a rubber mallet and when I remember I do a walk-by looking for loose edges to tap. These are 16" Ford (2008 Frame) rims right from the factory. Including pictures. Thanks for any suggestions...Rich
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Remove and paint the wheel's
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
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On some wheels you can run tie wraps through the holes in the wheel to secure the hubcaps. Home depot has metal tie wraps which would be less noticeable. A bother when removing them, but less inconvenient than losing the hubcap.
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:14 PM   #4
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Remove and paint the wheel's
Do you mean "Remove, paint and never mind the hubcap?" If so, that is exactly what I've had in mind but darn if I'll take the wheel off to paint a rim...I'm pretty handy with a 3" brush.
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*why are my hubcaps falling off?*

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On some wheels you can run tie wraps through the holes in the wheel to secure the hubcaps. Home depot has metal tie wraps which would be less noticeable. A bother when removing them, but less inconvenient than losing the hubcap.
Holligan~~Getting any kind of a wire/wrap through the outside dully would be a trick worthy of a B rate magician...Very little finger room between tires....BUT, you have given me an idea...Thank you...Why not drill a couple of 1/8 inch holes through the hubcap, thread a wire through one hole, then through the holes in the rim, back through the hubcap and install hubcap....Pull tight and twist tie outside loose ends. It won't look pretty but it's a sound functional fix.....Really, my big question is *WHY ARE MY HUBCAPS FALLING OFF?* I know it happens when I hit those big potholes but is this happening to everyone or do I have rims that do not marry well with the locking mechanism of the hubcaps?
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Your rims would make tie wraps difficult. It is a easy fix on the Sprinter wheel. both the wheel and cover have the small holes. (which also makes valve stems hard to access)


Any way to tighten the "grip" part of your covers?
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"Any way to tighten the "grip" part of your covers? "

Hooilgan, I totally relied on the gripping mechanisms that came with the hub caps. Two different kinds of gripping appendages, both involving heavy duty spring wire too heavy for me to modify. One type looked much better than the other, *pointed where it contacted the rim*...It too popped off and is in a ditch somewhere along a highway....Just do know why others are not loosing their hub caps at the same rate as I am. Maybe I should stay on the roads most traveled??
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Your idea of making s could holes to secure through sounds doable. Safety wire and safety wire pliers would be inconspicuous and readily snug up tight.
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Offset wheels flex alot. The standard wheel covers that are held in by friction and spring fingers are very prone to coming off. I have read of it happening a good number of times.

My first suggestion is to permanently remove them, that is what I did on my Sprinter. I think Ford makes hub covers that cover the ugly parts and leave the rim exposed, that is a second option (find a cargo van or similar in junkyard) third option is to get some covers that are retained with screws or "lugnuts" such as the Real Wheels ones.

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I have removed mine. Needed to check the air in my tires. those things did not want to come off. they really scratched the rims, Thinking about Plasti dip in flat black. Also not a fan of sharp edges
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I have removed mine. Needed to check the air in my tires. those things did not want to come off. they really scratched the rims, Thinking about Plasti dip in flat black. Also not a fan of sharp edges
Sikoriko~~~Yes sir, my hub caps are secured, beat on with a rubber mallet. I'm still wondering how they would "pop off" when hitting a pot hole....That's the only thing I can think of that would make the hub caps exit the rim without prying them off with a screwdriver.... *** Hmmm?? Could I have been a victim of theft?*** I doubt it, those hubcaps make a terrible screech when being removed and would have woke even me, the "snore like a drunk lion" guy. I'm still wanting to commiserate with someone that looses hubcaps from 16", Ford factory rims. My rims are Ford factory circa 2008
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The only thing that comes to mind is the rim is flexing under stress.
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Three times now, Attachment 132318over the course of 5 years, I have lost REAR hubcaps from both left and right rims. Front hubs stay put. I carry a rubber mallet and when I remember I do a walk-by looking for loose edges to tap. These are 16" Ford (2008 Frame) rims right from the factory. Including pictures. Thanks for any suggestions...Rich
Is this a picture of the rear wheel cover ?

My MH is older but that style is only used on the front wheels.

The rear wheel covers sit inside the wheel, taking the same shape. My tire valve extensions come thru the holes.

Did it come new like that or did you buy it used ?
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Is this a picture of the rear wheel cover ?

My MH is older but that style is only used on the front wheels.

The rear wheel covers sit inside the wheel, taking the same shape. My tire valve extensions come thru the holes.

Did it come new like that or did you buy it used ?
Twinboat~~All wheel covers are the same. They are what came from the factory, new purchase.

I will find and try the wheel covers that sit inside the wheel, I know what you mean.

Thanks for your help, Rich
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