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Old 10-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default How do you get the chrome center hub covers off?

Do you have to remove the lug nuts and wheel first in order to get the chrome hub covers off, or do they pry off?
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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Very carefully. The end caps are hard to get off (screwdriver under the plastic end cap) without cracking them.

No, you don't have to remove the lug nuts or wheels.
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Thank you for the reply. My center caps are metal, like a 4" deep metal cup.
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Mine were also steel and held in place by the wheels, had to remove wheel to get cap off.
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Mine were also steel and held in place by the wheels, had to remove wheel to get cap off.
X2 there are tabs that will be damaged by prying off.
A couple of them jiggled and rattled and I tightened them up when I removed the wheel to grease the hubs.
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On my rig they are plastic. I started with a small screwdriver to pry the end cap loose just a bit, then i used a larger screwdriver. There are plastic fingers which snap to the inside of the part which sticks out from the wheel. I was careful to not force the screwdriver, but i still knicked the plastic, the chrome "plating" just flakes off. It "looks" like the whole hub cover is sandwiched between the wheel and brake drum---I won't know until i remove a wheel.

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Somewhat related.....can you tell me what size socket to use on the lug nugs? We are new to trailers, I see that I should have been checking the lug nuts for tightness...a 3/4" socket seems to be a bit loose....are the lug nuts metric?
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As I recall mine is 3/4". What wrench are you using? Sometimes lug wrenches aren't all that precisely sized or have gotten worn a bit with use/time. If yours is a metric size it would be 19mm which is 0.748", just a bit smaller than 3/4". Try putting a 19 mm socket on the nut just to see if it fits.
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I don't have a lug wrench for the trailer. I tried a 3/4" socket yesterday when I was winterizing the water system, and it fit, but seemed unusually loose.
Thank you. I'll try the 19 mm when I am at the trailer next time.
My snooty neighbors don't allow trailer trash to keep their trailers at home, so I need to store mine elsewhere.
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