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The hub cap makes sound while driving.

After I changed 4 tires to my car, the hub cap on left front wheel started making sound while I was driving. The sound is like if the hub cap crashes on the hub. I have done wheel balance but not alignment.

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  • zhouhq Jan 20, 2009

    I tried the nuts with a wrench and felt they are tight.

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Are you sure lug nuts are tight?

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  • ccn7 Jan 20, 2009

    take a rubber mallet and make sure the edge of hub cap is secured to rim.

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