How to Install Plastic Hub Caps & Center Caps
Knowing “How to install plastic hubcaps & center caps”, is best broken into three separate sections.
“Pop-on” Attached with clips that hold it on
Always use an installation tool (not your hand) to tap at the solid sections in between the openings of the wheel cover, DO NOT hit in the center of the hubcap (See Video) By hand, nestle and wiggle the hubcap into position, being careful to place the valve stem in the right spot. After you get the hub cap into position, lean both knees gently against both sides of the hubcap to keep it from bouncing back as you pop it on. Gently tap around the entire wheel cap to make sure it is evenly installed into position. WARNING: If you casually place your wheel cover in place, and bang it on the wheel, you WILL break or bend the clips. When you break your clips, they can not be repaired. Bent clips MUST be repaired before installation! See “Bent Clip” video here.
“Bolt-on” Held on by the real lug nuts
“Bolt On” wheel covers and center caps have been engineered specifically for that exact wheel and lug nut. To install, carefully jack up one wheel using the instructions supplied with your car or truck. Remove the lug nuts completely but DO NOT remove the wheel. The rim will be loosely hanging there until you complete the installation. Place the wheel cover over the loose wheel, making sure that the valve stem is in the right place. Bolt the lug nuts back over the wheel caps to manufacturer specs.
“Screw-on” Attached with plastic fake lugs
“Screw On” wheel caps are held on by “Fake” plastic lugs that attach the caps to the “Real” lugs on your rims. If you have this style, start by placing your cover in the correct place, lining up the valve stem, and hand tighten each plastic lug until you can no longer tighten. Using the special hand tool in your car or truck, snug up each plastic lug. (DO NOT over tighten) This will strip the threads and ruin your hubcap. WARNING: Never use an air driven impact wrench that tire shops do! This will ruin the threads on your lugs, and your hubcap will come off because of this type of installation.