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how do I remove hub caps...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Larry, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Sep 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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    Larry

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    from the stock steelies with out damaging the wheels or destroying the plastic caps?

    what's the trick?

    TIA
     
  2. Sep 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM
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    Incognito

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    EDIT: Disregard my post, sorry about the misinformation.
     
  3. Sep 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    getting there....
    use a flat blade screw driver and wrap a rag around it and lightly pry it off.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    Joey_Buttafuoco

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    that, or use the lug wrench, the end of it is slightly curved up to stick in the tab/hole of the "hubcap"
     
  5. Sep 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    getting there....
    yep...that works as well.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    where is the tab/hole?
     
  7. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM
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    tacobell007

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    x2 on the flat head screw driver. Toyota makes hubcaps that are hard to take off so you may have to use a little force
     
  8. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    getting there....
    it will be around the hubcap somewhere...right where it meets the actual wheel.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM
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    I think you guys are talking about two different things?
     
  10. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    getting there....
    im pretty sure we are talking bout center caps(some call them hub caps too).
     
  11. Sep 15, 2010 at 7:42 PM
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    I gotcha, I just went and looked at some stock steelies....


    [​IMG]

    you can kinda see it there...
     
  12. Sep 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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    man these things are a pita to remove.

    and those little steel clips are gonna make reinstalling another pain.
     
  13. Sep 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    you can also take the entire wheel off and tap it out from the back side, i found this to be the easiest way.
     
  14. Sep 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM
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    x2 and also the best way not to ruin them
     
  15. Sep 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    So...

    If I take my truck in for service...the techs will remove the wheels and leave the center caps on the wheel?
     
  16. Sep 21, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Not sure about the steelies, but in my alloys, I never remove the caps, no need to either.
    If you can remove the wheel without removing the caps, then I don't see why you need to remove them for general maintenance.
    I you can remove the wheel with the caps on, then the easiest way to remove the caps avoiding any damage to them would be to just tap them from behind the wheel with the handle of a hammer or similar non metallic object.
    hope this helps
     
  17. Sep 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    I never had trouble popping these things off. Shit once I got out here to Cali the front caps just fell off at some point.
     
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    i took my stock wheels off recently and the center caps just fell off... now i cant get them to clip back on.
     
  19. Jul 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    New ride Larry? :confused:
     
  20. Jul 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM
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    i have the steelies, i think it's pretty hard to get them off with the wheel on, but like 907taco said, once you take off the wheel, they pretty much fall off on their own without hardly tapping them.
     
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