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I have these wheels on my car that are in decent shape. Problem is that they have these center caps on them that have rusted overtime. I tried to get them off to clean them, but have had no luck. They seem to turn around freely on the wheel though. I decided to just try and go at them with aluminum foil while they are still on the wheel. Except, I need to take them off to scrub them harder and get into some other places that I can't reach. Any ideas on how to get them off?

 

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A photo would help. Many center caps are screwed on from the back to prevent loss or theft.
 

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A photo would help. Many center caps are screwed on from the back to prevent loss or theft.
I don't have another picture on me at the moment. The only picture I have is on my signature.
 

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I may have a tire shop do that in the future when I change my tires out. The lugs are on there tight too and I don't have an impact drill. I have a lug nut tire rod, but it doesn't fit.
 

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You don't need an impact to remove the lug nuts. Get a 1/2" drive socket set, extension and a breaker bar. Might take some effort, but it'll come off. If you need more leverage, slip a pipe over the breaker bar.

Righty tighty - lefty loosey


Gonna be tough to restore a car if you can't take the wheels off yourself.
 

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Now that I think of it, I may do this when I get new tires. It seems like a little thing and not that important for now. Thanks for giving my advice though!
 

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Here's my whole plan. I have tried getting the lug nuts off with a socket, but they are on there tight. When I get my tires changed soon, I can kill 2 birds with one stone and have the caps kept off when they change the tires out.
 

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As was said above, you don’t need an impact to get lug nuts loose. Use a cheater bar if you have to, but the ability to take off a wheel has got to be one of the most basic skills there is.
 

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I should at least try to do it. Since some damage was done to the right front tire due to fender rubbing, I can put on my spare once the steering gets aligned today.
 

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the ability to take off a wheel has got to be one of the most basic skills there is.

I am sure that the OP has stated that he is in high school. Finding a youngster that can change a flat tire on the side of the road is nearly impossible nowadays. They've been trained to call AAA.
 

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I am sure that the OP has stated that he is in high school. Finding a youngster that can change a flat tire on the side of the road is nearly impossible nowadays. They've been trained to call AAA.
Really? This is how you're going to encourage the next generation?
 

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My son had a very similar problem getting the lugs nuts, He is a beast and even broke a stud. He than took it to a local tire shop and asked if they would break it loose for him and they declined. He then ask them to rotate the tires. Cost him 20 bucks but it was worth it.
 

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My son had a very similar problem getting the lugs nuts, He is a beast and even broke a stud. He than took it to a local tire shop and asked if they would break it loose for him and they declined. He then ask them to rotate the tires. Cost him 20 bucks but it was worth it.
Yeah, that's because many shops just nail the wheel nuts at full pressure. I've seen wrenches bent by people trying to remove a tire a "professional" installed. I use 100 ft-pounds, and I can always get them off.
 
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