Is there another way and size to remove the lug nut in the middle of the hubcap instead of using the hubcap removal tool?
Hello. Ok, I am trying to replace a tire by myself, but the tire requires for me to have a hubcap removal tool. I was told by a local mechanic that a 16 mm socket would be able to fit in there with some work. Well, I work that socket sucker to where the area around the lug nut and the surrounding metal is scraped like chaffed rubbing thighs. I tried hammering the damn socket in and it would not go any further, I used needle nose plyers and it moved a snidge, but it was a no-go. I went from a 16 mm to a 17 mm socket, but the 17 mm was too big and fat to fit in. In the back of my mind I was thinking a 16 1/2 mm would probably fit just perfect OR maybe the damn socket is too fat to fit around the area... The thing is I don't have a 16 1/2 mm socket or do I know if there is such a size for that socket. I just moved to Indiana and places here are basically in no walking distances, so, I do not know anyone and being a woman, nor do I trust anybody here to give me a ride to places. This is crazy, I bought this car in another state and I was told off the bat that the hubcap removal tool was in the car, but stupid me I never asked where it was or even thought about looking for it before I bought it because the tired were newly replaced when I got it. Any way, the only accessible ride is my mountain bike. I guess if I have to, I will ride my bike with pride to an auto parts store and get the part that I need. Also, money is a major issue for me because I am highly cheap, I just started a job and suffer from empty pockets. I guess my questions would be, should I try to continue to beat the 16 mm socket into the hubcap lug nut until I get it in there?... Is there such a 16 1/2 mm socket?... Should I swallow my pride and cough up all the pennies that I have left and ride on my bicycle to an auto parts store and get the tool that I need?... Do you think the hubcap removal tool is hidden somewhere special in the car?... And/or if the hubcap removal tool is not hidden in some special place in the car, would you happen to know a website on where to buy very good tools for cheap?... Thank you in advance.
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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.
Most auto parts stores have Locking Lug Nut removal tools. If you know the size of your lug nut you may be able to buy a single tool that fits on a standard ratchet to remove the locking lug nut. If your lug nut is the type that spins without the proper tool to remove it, your best bet is a mechanic with the proper equipment to avoid doing damage to the wheel or stud.
most hubcaps are springclip loaded! some are mounted inside the center cap! some are held on by the lug nuts! pull the center cap first, and look for a screw that holds it on! if not, then remove the lug nuts!
Determine how the hubcaps are attached. Some simply push on, others have a small screw holding them on, and a few won't come off unless you take the lug nuts off.
Depending on what type of hubcap your car has, either unscrew the screw that holds the hubcap on, or with a large screwdriver or a pry bar, pry the hubcap off the wheel.
place a new hubcap on the wheel.
Strike the edge lightly with a rubber mallet and work around the rim of the hubcap with the mallet until it's seated, or screw the screw back in.
Repeat for each hubcap.
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Take a picture of the lug nut and go to the auto parts store to buy the key that fits the lug nut. You may have to purchase the whole kit with the key, but at least you will always have spare lug nuts. Alternative is to show the picture to the locksmith shop and see if they have any suggestions. Poor boy fix is to go to Sears and purchase their Lug Nut breaker to remove the nut and install a regular one.
There are three basic kind:
1 has a center cap that hides the lug nuts beneath the cap.These usually have a small slot in them to allow a flat head screwdriver to be inserted in them and pop the cover off which is retained be tension created by metal prongs.
2 There is also a type that has plastic decorative lugs that screw over the actual metal lug nuts. In this case just unscrew all visible lugs and the cover will come off exposing the actual rim and metal lug nuts.
3 This is the oldest style that has now lug nuts present and is held on by tension like example one except that the prongs holding this one on is along the outer perimeter of the cap. To remove this type you insert a flat head screw driver between the hubcap and the actual steel rim and pry off working around the perimeter of the cap as you go. Replacement of this hub cap requires force to be applied at the perimeter as application to the center will either not complete the process or more than not result in a broken hubcap.