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Hubcap removal tool, is it necessary for a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis?

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Ok, I am trying to remove a tire on a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis and it requires for me to have a hubcap removal tool, but my hubcap removal tool is missing. When I bought this car at a different state, the person told me off the bat the hubcap removal tool was included in the car, but I never asked where it was located in the car or took the time to search for it... that was my fault of course. Any way, I was told by a local mechanic that I was able to remove it with a 16 mm socket, but with some work. I tried and tried to work that socket in there. I hammered it in, it was a no-go. I used needle nose plyer to turn the lug nut, it moved a snidge, but it would not turn any further for me. I went from a 16 mm to a 17 mm, but the 17 mm was too fat around and too big to fit the lug nut. I just moved to Indiana and I don't know or trust anyone here that can give me a ride to the auto parts store. The only accessible ride is my mountain bike. If I have to go to an auto parts store to get the proper tool to fix the tire, then I will ride as far as I can to get there and get the damn part. The other problem that I have is that I suffer from empty pockets as well. If there was a way, a trick, some kind of magic I can learn to take that lug nut off of the hubcap without me having to spend money that I don't have, that would be great. I wondered if there was such a size 16 1/2 mm socket instead of a 16 mm socket to fit the hubcap, and maybe that is why it is not turning for me?... Idk. Any advice would help. Please. Thank you.

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  • Mars Jul 30, 2013

    Ok, I want to thank Stephen for getting back to me for a solution. I followed some of his methods, but I made it some what my way. What I did is I can see that the lug nut was able to fit a socket, but like Stephen had mentioned, because it was screwed into the hubcap tightly, I was unable to fit the socket into the lug nut. So, I grabbed a 17 mm star socket and a heavy handed sledge hammer and I hit the star socket to make it fit so that I have room to rotate it. For some reason, the star socket would not rotate to unscrew it. I took the star socket out and placed a regular 17 mm socket in and it fit in there snug, but it started to unscrew for me. I finally have that freaking hubcap off. Thank you Stephen for the idea. :)

  • Mars Jul 30, 2013

    Ok, I want to thank Stephen for getting back to me for a solution. I followed some of his methods, but I made it some what my way. What I did is I can see that the lug nut was able to fit a socket, but like Stephen had mentioned, because it was screwed into the hubcap tightly, I was unable to fit the socket into the lug nut. So, I grabbed a 17 mm star socket and a heavy handed sledge hammer and I hit the star socket to make it fit so that I have room to rotate it. For some reason, the star socket would not rotate to unscrew it. I took the star socket out and placed a regular 17 mm socket in and it fit in there snug, but it started to unscrew for me. I finally have that freaking hubcap off. Thank you Stephen for the idea. :)

  • Mars Jul 30, 2013

    Ok, I want to thank Stephen for getting back to me for a solution. I followed some of his methods, but I made it some what my way. What I did is I can see that the lug nut was able to fit a socket, but like Stephen had mentioned, because it was screwed into the hubcap tightly, I was unable to fit the socket into the lug nut. So, I grabbed a 17 mm star socket and a heavy handed sledge hammer and I hit the star socket to make it fit so that I have room to rotate it. For some reason, the star socket would not rotate to unscrew it. I took the star socket out and placed a regular 17 mm socket in and it fit in there snug, but it started to unscrew for me. I finally have that freaking hubcap off. Thank you Stephen for the idea. :)

  • Mars Jul 30, 2013

    Omg how many times... I didn't mean for that to happen. How ridiculous. Sorry about that.

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There are about 8 different keys. Each one is the same size, but the notches are in different places much like a house key.
And a standard size metric socket is either 16mm or 17mm.
If the bolt is on tight enough that you can' t turn it with any socket, you will need to drill out the bolt, or cut a hole around the bolt with a hole saw. You also may be able to take a chisel or hacksaw and notch the bolt and use a flat bladed screwdriver.
You might be able to use a star socket if you had one.

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  • Mars Jul 29, 2013

    Thank you for getting back to me. The tips are very helpful. Is a metric socket the same as a star socket? Excuse the testimonial.

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SOURCE: flat tire on my 1983 mercury cougar

#1 Look carefully at the CENTER of the hub cap. Gently pry the center cap off. The rest will be self explanatory.
Or
#2 Take one lug nut off . Sometimes there is an extra set of small lugs to hold the hub cap on.
I do apologize for the two choices. Just cannot remember which way the Cougar works.

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SOURCE: Is there a special key that must be used to remove

yes there is go to the auto parts they may get you one for a samll price

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