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Old 07-01-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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Question OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

I finally got a new set of slicks for my "race car" and when they went to balance the wheels, they couldn't get the center caps off the wheels.

The center caps appear to simply press into the wheel, no little tabs with nuts or bolts to hold them on, so we asummed they just push in, from the inside. No amount of hammering (with a rubber mallet) from the outside would budge either one.

I think that center cap has to come off to fit the wheel onto the balancer.

What am I doing wrong, here? You can turn the caps with your hand, but they don't "unscrew."

Anybody have experience with this setup? The wheels are old Centerlines (solid center with rivets around the outside of the center disk.) Probably were built in the 1980s.

Any advice will be appreciated.

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Old 07-01-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Bill, you need a bigger hammer!!

It is possible that they have rusted a groove in the hole in the
center of the wheel.

You may need to just apply heavy hammer pressure, but you
will probably distroy the cap in the process..
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Thanks, Phil; I was afraid of that... They've been on there for 5 years... and, in all kinds of weather.

I MIGHT be able to aply force to a metal ring that goes around the outside of the plastic cap part.
I'll look into that...

I wouldn't really mind breaking rhem to get them out if I thought they were "replaceable," but they're so old, I figure they have been NS-1 (discontinued) for years...
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Bill,

I don't know what is going on with your wheels but the ones I had like that were probably purchased in 1977 and had a spun aluminum center cap that would just fall out when you took the wheel off the car.

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Old 07-01-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Nope, this cap is solidly wedged into place to the extent that 10 blows with a fairly heavy rubber mallet failed to move it AT ALL on either wheel.

I've got some really good penetrating oil soaking from the backside; I'm going to try that. next.

These center caps are definitely oem for these wheels, and are definitelly plastic...

Thanks for the info!!!

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Old 07-01-2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Hey Bill. I recently sold a pair of Centerline front skinnies that I bought new sometime before 1976. Those had plastic caps that snapped on from the outside. They would easily pop off with a gentle tap from the backside. On the flattened 'tip' there was a black sticker with a chrome outlined dragon lookin' thing. Kinda like a 'coat of arms' deal, if you get my drift. Stick that mallet handle in from the back and give it a bop. Good luck!
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

Ken,

Thanks for that information. Apparently, I have the same identcal cap setup that you had, because when I did as you suggested, it popped right out... of the front.

The "coat-of-arms" logo is there, too... just like you described!!!

Thanks loads for that good information.

Problem solved!!!

I owe you one, Ken...

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Old 07-01-2009, 07:24 PM   #8
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

i'm surprised they didn't just fall off.
mine always did until i used some rtv on 'em.....

btw, telstar centercaps will slide in from the back and stay put if you're wanting to go that way...
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

These are a pretty snug fit; took a pretty good push to get them dislodged, so I think I'll stck with them, for now.
Thanks for the info, though.... I'll try to remember that, Tom.
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Default Re: OLD Centerline wheel center cap removal

The Weld wheels on the front of my Duster has new caps on it.
They go in from the back, one slides on easy, the other had to
be hammered in.
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