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Old 02-05-2013   #1
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Plastic wheel hub covers

Just had 4 new tyres fitted only to find that two of the plastic covers that cover the wheel nuts are completey shot. The plastic clips and the metal circular clip thingy have gone never to be seen again.

Has anyone repaired these and if so what did you use?.
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Re: Plastic wheel hub covers

Hello Dave
This sound's a bodge but if you give every thing a good clean they will stay put stuck in place with silicone sealant and if your not taking the wheel off to often it is not to much hassle to repeat the process . They are about twenty five pounds from the dealers but they are not well made and you could be back to square one soon enough.
It's best not to let tire fitters loose with them!.
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Re: Plastic wheel hub covers

They're just a one-piece lump of plastic (plus a spring). You can't repair them in any way.

I've had one missing for about a year, plus another that's clinging on by its fingernails.

I'd assume they cost a fortune from Fiat. I was looking at some blank ones (no badge at all) on ebay once that were the right size.

If you want Fiat ones then I'd bet that they'll be a different size to any other Fiat, due to the Vauxhall heritage. I'd hope to be wrong though.

Edited to add: The silicone idea is a very good one. Except that I wonder if there's a risk of trapping moisture - in a cavity, on the end of the axle? As far as I know, there's no good reason to ever remove them anyway.
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Re: Plastic wheel hub covers

Thanks Guys.

Silicone does sound like the answer.

Suppose I could apply silicone beads in three sections leaving 3spaces to form 3 drip holes/ventilation holes.

Might have a look tomorrow- what else are bank holidays for! .
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Re: Plastic wheel hub covers

Sounds good to me - I'll get some blank ones and do the same.

Good teamwork!
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Hi Doofer,
where are you getting the blank ones from?

I'm missing 2 but changing to blanks would mean buying 4.

I suppose we could always get self adhesive stickers off ebay at a push as well.
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Brian, not really, just use matching ones each side.
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Good point, Keith.

It's not as if you can see both sides at the same time
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It's not as if you can see both sides at the same time
Depends who's driving.

I measured mine aaaaaages ago and found some of the same size on ebay. They were either black or silver, can't remember. I'll just get plain all round - I think with mine at least, the ones that haven't snapped have gone brittle and aren't far off. I think they've degraded due to weather/sun etc.
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