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      08-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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Centre cap removal/refitting

I've just noticed that one of my wheel centre caps is misaligned. Being as how I've got terrible CDO I want to straighten it up.

Can anyone advise the best way to get it off and back on without damaging it or the wheel please?

A quick Google suggests either duct tape (would that take the paint off?) or a screwdriver wrapped in cloth. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's actually done it successfully.
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Well, if you're truly OCD, you'll take the wheel off and pop it off from the inside of the wheel pushing outside.

Me, I'd use a butter knife wrapped in a cloth, pry it from the outside and it'll pop right out. Or a plastic pry tool will do preferably of course.
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I've just noticed that one of my wheel centre caps is misaligned. Being as how I've got terrible CDO I want to straighten it up.

Can anyone advise the best way to get it off and back on without damaging it or the wheel please?

A quick Google suggests either duct tape (would that take the paint off?) or a screwdriver wrapped in cloth. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's actually done it successfully.
duct tape is fine just make sure applied very firmly to most of the face of the centre cap and give it a good yank it will come off with no damage.
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      08-11-2017, 01:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I'm a bit of clumsy twunt so I'll probably give the duct tape a try.
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Suction cup/rubber sucker type of thing as found on windscreen mounts for portable sat navs and phones.
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Suction cup/rubber sucker type of thing as found on windscreen mounts for portable sat navs and phones.
Thanks, interesting suggestion. I think I've got one at the back of the man cave somewhere. Have you done it successfully yourself?
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Thanks, interesting suggestion. I think I've got one at the back of the man cave somewhere. Have you done it successfully yourself?
Yes I have. Do be prepared to be surprised and disappointed at the amount of rust on the spigot in the centre of the hub though.
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Yes I have. Do be prepared to be surprised and disappointed at the amount of rust on the spigot in the centre of the hub though.
Thanks, I'm not worried about that - as long as it stays there.
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Sucker is definately a good option but they do tend to slip out of alignment again quite quickly though...
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Sucker is definately a good option but they do tend to slip out of alignment again quite quickly though...
Oh well, I'll give it a go. It's just been off for a minor repair so I guess the guy didn't put it back straight. All the others are more or less right.
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We have a suction cup for removing the halogen GU10 lights. That works perfect.

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Ask the missus to get down there. Easy peasy.
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Sucker cup for removing GU10 halogen bulbs as previously mentioned, it works a treat. Got mine off eBay for around 4, I do remove the centre caps every now and again to clean and dry inside the wheel to try to keep the inevitable corrosion at bay!!
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I bought and use this:

Small MR16 Black Sucker - Suction Pad for Removal of GU10 and Halogen Lamps - Bulb Remover Tool https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008HSPL..._C8PJzbW9ZT2PA
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Sucker cup for removing GU10 halogen bulbs as previously mentioned, it works a treat. Got mine off eBay for around 4, I do remove the centre caps every now and again to clean and dry inside the wheel to try to keep the inevitable corrosion at bay!!
They've got the gu10 removers like these in Wilkos for 2 and they work perfectly on mine.
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I couldn't find a sucker pad in the end and I couldn't be bothered to go shopping, so I used duct tape. Worked a treat.Thanks again for all the suggestions.
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Sucker cup for removing GU10 halogen bulbs as previously mentioned, it works a treat. Got mine off eBay for around 4, I do remove the centre caps every now and again to clean and dry inside the wheel to try to keep the inevitable corrosion at bay!!
Just bought same from screwfix 2.99. Tried and works no problem, my previous method was duck tape this tool is much easier.
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MrChumley, how often do you find you need to re-position the centre caps? Some of mine rotate on a daily basis.
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I've just noticed that one of my wheel centre caps is misaligned. Being as how I've got terrible CDO I want to straighten it up.
It can't be that bad..
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MrChumley, how often do you find you need to re-position the centre caps? Some of mine rotate on a daily basis.
I just did it once, after the wheel had been off. It's been fine since.
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It can't be that bad..
The wheel or my CDO?
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