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Hubcaps my 1990 buick skylark has wire hubcaps that has a locking nut that has to have a wrench to take the hubcap off- one of the nuts is stripped can i replace it?

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  • diane11400 Sep 08, 2008

    what is the part called --a locking nut for hubcap??

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Yes if you find one in a wrecking yard, GM does not service this part anymore.



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Let me know if you find this special bolt at Kragen,Auto Zone etc. I doubt you will, but may be wrong

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Yes you can you can gnerally find then at the auto parts counter at the dealership or at NAPA, Oreillys, or AutoZone. please rate this. thanks

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