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How to Remove Hub Dust Caps?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JGJ, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    JGJ

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    I'm in the middle of changing out my CV axle. I'm having trouble getting the hub dust caps off. I dont want to damage them. They're on pretty good - got 90K miles on the truck.

    Any ideas / help on how to get them off? I'f trying the flathead screwdriver method but not having any luck.

    Thanks

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  2. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    Tiny flat head screwdriver and a hammer. Just keep hitting the screwdriver with the hammer and it'll eventually work its way between the cover and the hub. Once it starts, use a larger screwdriver and pry. Work your way around like that until the thing pops off.
     
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  3. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    ^ Yep x2 i have a old screw driver just for these type of things I hit it with a table grinder to thin out the tip some more and it works wonders to these type of things.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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    got it. thanks guys.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM
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    Anyone have a part number for the hub grease cap? I'm having the hardest time finding it on a parts diagram (and in search). :annoyed:
     
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    if you are doing cv's yeah you dont have a choice. but doing the ecgb you dont need to mess with it. first one i did i did it that way. last one i did, i took the spindle off with it.

    just thought id add that.
     
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    I hate to bump an old thread, but I can't get mine back on! I've been at it 45 minutes trying to get that stupid little hunk of garbage on there. This in essence should be the simplest part of this whole process. Any tips/tricks?
     
  10. Sep 24, 2016 at 11:13 AM
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    I applied a small amount of bearing grease on the lip of the dust cap. Once I got the dust cap hammered on, wiped away any excess grease that came out.
     
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    I finally got them on after about an hour trying with one. The second one only took about 45 minutes. It looks like they went through a hail storm, but at least they are on.
     
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