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Wheel hub dust caps

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Ricey06

07-15-2020 13:04:20




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Maybe a simple/stupid question but how do you remove the caps without damaging them? I need to put new tires on my splitter therefore I need to get the wheels off. Thanks Jeff




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kevinstuff

07-16-2020 16:39:32




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
My 08 focus has almost flat caps and no gap To pry upon , if any mechanic is willing to share the best tool , method , Thanks !



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timcasbolt

07-16-2020 05:00:57




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
Here is a tool you can purchase for this purpose: https://www.amazon.com/Vim-Tools-V216-Dust-Plier/dp/B000X2533Y/ref=asc_df_B000X2533Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309807921328&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14390452484967236645&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008121&hvtargid=pla-495097918257&psc=1



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MarkB_MI

07-16-2020 04:27:16




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I always drive a chisel or screwdriver between the cap and hub.



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Steve@Advance

07-15-2020 17:38:35




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
That style is easy to pull with Channel Locks.

If it collapses them a little, just put a piece of round stock in the vise, just smaller then the ID of the cover. Tap it back round with a small hammer.



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LonM

07-15-2020 17:31:46




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I take a cold chisel and drive it between the hub and the cap a little bit at a time in several places around the cap until it is loose enough to pull off by hand.



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Ellis Kinney

07-15-2020 17:13:23




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I have a really tiny pry bar that I use. Ellis



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svcummins

07-15-2020 15:41:31




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
They are about 3$ each or a little less I wouldn’t worry much about ruining it



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Davebn

07-15-2020 15:41:17




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I wiggle or drive a screwdriver behind the ring and pry them off.
A chisel or hard piece of wood on that same ring to put it back on.
Depending on how tight they fit you will have to go around it a few time when taking it off and putting it back on.
Dave



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gab

07-15-2020 15:28:42




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I got ma Snap On tool made for that but a big channel locks works good too.



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ricey06

07-15-2020 13:57:27




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I tried tapping with a dead-blow,no luck. I was afraid channel locks would crush them. They have been on about 18 yrs. without ever being removed.I'll try to use the channels carefully. Thank you



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Russ from MN

07-15-2020 13:20:58




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I have used a channellock too, or a soft hammer, just go round and round. you need the soft hammer to put them back in the hub anyhow. Maybe you should just let the tire shop do it?



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DoubleO7

07-15-2020 13:08:26




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 Re: Wheel hub dust caps in reply to Ricey06, 07-15-2020 13:04:20  
I use big channel locks parallel to spindle and wiggle while pulling.



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