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Bruce and Sharon
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« on: December 07, 2014, 12:55:04 am »

I had to remove one of the metal front wheel covers on our rig and then could not get it back on the wheel.  I've been using a rubber mallet to gently tap (and some not so gentle taps) on the cover at about two inches from the outer rim of the cover.  I can get the small metal retention spikes to hold the cover in place for about half of it, but as I continue taping around the cover the whole things pops out of place.  I've tried taping on the very outer rim, but that doesn't seem to help.
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get the cover back on the wheel?
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 09:53:40 am »

I had a bit of a struggle with this myself when I was installing tire pressure sensors.  It took a few attempts, but I found that I had the best success by trying to keep the wheel cover as parallel to the wheel as possible.  I put my hands at the ten o'clock and two o'clock positions and my knees at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions and applied pressure a bit at a time without allowing any one position to get too far ahead of the others.  Once the wheel cover is halfway in it became much easier to use the heel of my palm to tap in each position.  If this hadn't worked I would have thoroughly cleaned the rim and wheel cover and applied some lubricant to the tabs on the wheel cover.  I'm guessing that if they are abnormally tight there might be a problem with the wheel, or the tabs need to be bent a slight amount.

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Bruce and Sharon
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 05:22:02 pm »

Thank you Mike for the good suggestions.  Your approach sounds very sensible, and I will try that in a day or two.
Will let you know if it works for me.
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Bruce and Sharon
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Helpful Rating: 41
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 03:17:53 pm »

The front wheel cover is installed!
I first cleaned the wheel, then applied a little silicone spray to the area where the cover attaches.
Next I inserted the bottom part the cover into the wheel a little and held it in place with my hand and knees.  I then began taping the cover with a rubber mallet on alternating sides a little at a time until the entire cover finally popped into place.
Not sure if that was the best way to do it, but it worked for me this time.
--Bruce
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