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      08-03-2016, 05:23 AM   #1
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Removing wheel centre cap / badge

I would like to check my 403Ms for early signs of corrosion (hoping to find some!). How can I remove the centre caps without taking the wheels off?

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The short answer is you can't.
If you lever from the outside with a small blade you might do it but will probably do some damage.
The other idea is to attach a rubber sucker and pull!
You really need to remove the wheels and tap them out from the inside.
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Suction puller is what I use.
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Suction puller is what I use.
I did wonder if there was a specific tool, but good to know that works. Cheers
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I had 3 wheels replaced under warranty for that exact issue, might check the odd wheel as well!
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Replaced mine by pulling off with a small length of gaffer tape - they come out easily.
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Replaced mine by pulling off with a small length of gaffer tape - they come out easily.
The strongest I have is Duck tape, which doesn't seem to work. I have just ordered a small suction puller though.
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Once you have got the centrecap off where do you look exactly for corrosion? what is the warranty time on wheels?
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I just tried this from Amazon and works a treat:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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You don't need to remove the centre cap. Once you start to see the lacquer swell and go cloudy around the edge of the centre cap - it's time to talk to the dealer. BMW will replace them once it's visible. If you do have the wheels off you could put a bit of copper grease in the hub centre and on the area where the wheel touches the hub - stops them sticking together but still allows the heat from the brakes to dissipate through the hub and wheel.
I think the wheels have a 3 year warranty. I had 3 alloys replaced in year 2 and the 4th in year 3 at about 30 months.
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You don't need to remove the centre cap. Once you start to see the lacquer swell and go cloudy around the edge of the centre cap - it's time to talk to the dealer. BMW will replace them once it's visible. If you do have the wheels off you could put a bit of copper grease in the hub centre and on the area where the wheel touches the hub - stops them sticking together but still allows the heat from the brakes to dissipate through the hub and wheel.
I think the wheels have a 3 year warranty. I had 3 alloys replaced in year 2 and the 4th in year 3 at about 30 months.
Thanks for the info, mine was 3 years old in Feb when I bought it as a Used BMW Car....I'll still be checking in case.
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