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Thread: where can I get a wheel cap removal tool?

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    Default where can I get a wheel cap removal tool?

    I just got a used set of basketweave 16" wheels off Ebay, but I don't have the tool to remove the center caps(fortunately all but one was off already). I'd like to get one of these tools so that I don't have to scratch the crap out of the caps when I use screwdrivers.

    Thanks

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    Until you get one all you need to do is pry up enough to grab with a couple fingers then turn it as you pull. it's real easy unless the plastic is cold. I don't even bother with the wrench.

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    Dealer has these, for cheap. (~$5, as I recall) It's a plastic disc that has little cleats to grip the center cap. It has a square hole to fit the stock wrench in your toolkit.

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    The tool Dash01 describes leads me to believe I'm thinking of wrong wheel.
    In that case until you get the tool you just strike the wheel center very hard with a BFH.

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    on my basketweaves i just pull and twist with my hand and they pop off, no tools required.

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    If they're 16s from an E38, Dash described the tool you want -- these do not have the hex caps used on all E34 15" basketweaves and similar honeycomb wheels. The E38 tool does double duty as a carpet support in the spare tire well, mounted at the top of the rod.

    Either way, the job can be done with a small, flat blade screw driver, but there's a risk for damage to wheel or cap.

    best, whit

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