TAC Tech => Tires, Brakes & Suspension => Topic started by: itllfly on November 08, 2019, 06:06:01 PM

Title: New center cap loose
Post by: itllfly on November 08, 2019, 06:06:01 PM
Bought new gm licensed caps uncomfortable with the looseness  have bent tabs to point hard to pull off yet and turn with hand.   Should this stay on
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: Mac on November 08, 2019, 06:40:12 PM
Put a small amount of silicone in two or three places around the cap.
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: allenga on November 08, 2019, 07:47:21 PM
I complained to Ames and the supplier is retooling.  Send the defects back.
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: allenga on November 08, 2019, 07:49:31 PM
What I have done instead is buy used ones.  Take them to a metal polish shop and have them polished.  Then just buy new bird emblems.  Then you have a brand new used factory center cap, fits perfect.  Cheaper than aftermarket.
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: Wallington on November 09, 2019, 02:12:02 AM
I complained to Ames and the supplier is retooling.  Send the defects back.

Imagine if the supplier actually was retooling. Yes, bend until firm, dob of silicone.
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: winks79 on November 10, 2019, 08:38:44 AM
The stainless caps turning is not an issue. As long as you can not pull them off you will be fine. If you have bent the tabs back a little that is all you need. Just for you info, when these cars were new you could turn them by hand. The plastic ones on the the other hand are junk IMO. If you ever use them, you had better use some silicone, as stated, in spots around the inside of the cap. Even if you have the metal retainer that goes with the plastic caps that is suppose to help, it doesn't. The round stainless caps are the best.
Title: Re: New center cap loose
Post by: roadking77 on November 10, 2019, 09:02:54 AM
I bought a set from Ames a few years ago. Yes, once they seat into place they seem loose, however if I remember correctly (theres a good chance I am not) there was a slight groove in the wheel where the cap registers. All 4 are still there after many a miles driven down the road. I did not bend any tabs and did not use silicone.