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How to Change a Hubcap



Pull up the e-brake and park the car somewhere flat and level.



Turn one lug nut counterclockwise with a lug wrench to loosen it.



Take three of the lug nuts off the hubcap, keeping two nuts on opposite sides on the tire.

Lugnuts hold both the wheel



Remove the plastic washers from the lugnuts.



Reattach the three lugnuts, tightening them lightly.



Unscrew the other two lugnuts to remove the hubcap.

Without the washers, the hubcap should slide right off.



Place the new hubcap onto the bolts and replace the two lugnuts.



Remove the first three lug nuts, put the washers back on, and screw them in.

Tighten them back on by hand so that your tire is back where it started. You can also slip the washers over the section



Tighten the lug nuts with the crowbar to ensure a tight fit.



Set the car in park on level ground and pull the e-brake.



Locate the screw on the hubcap you need to remove.

If it is not immediately visible, it could be under a plastic piece. Use a screwdriver to pry this small cover off carefully.



Unscrew the screw and remove the old hubcap.

Take care to place the screw somewhere safe so it will not roll away or get lost.



Attach the new hubcap to the wheel and replace the screw.

Thread it in by hand to start, then grab the screwdriver afterward.



Screw tightly with a screwdriver, being careful not to over-tighten the screw.



Park the car on flat ground and pull the e-brake.

You want to be 100% that the car is unable to move before you start working.



Pry around the rim of the old hubcap with a screwdriver to loosen it.

Use a flat-head screwdriver and lightly pull at certain spots until you feel the cap wiggle loose.__



Remove the hubcap.

Keep prying to pop the old hubcap off.__



Place the new hubcap onto the wheel.

Line it up with the old one, noting where the little whole or cutaway is for the valve stem.__



Tap the rim all the way around until it the hubcap stays on.

It will not be secure yet.__



Hit the hubcap with a rubber mallet very carefully around the rim to make the hubcap secure.

Lightly tap it into place, working all the way around the rim to perfect it. You should here light "clicks" as it pops in.__

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