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Old 12-27-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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VW center cap removal

I've searched on here and google. I cant find the answer to this dumb question:

to remove the center caps do I have to take off the wheel? If not, how do I remove them?
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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I've searched on here and google. I cant find the answer to this dumb question:

to remove the center caps do I have to take off the wheel? If not, how do I remove them?
Yes, you have to take the wheel off. From the inside of the wheel, I used a flat head screwdriver and carefully them (lifted the clip...).
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:06 PM   #3
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No need to take the wheel off the car... just use a small flathead screwdriver and pry the centercap out. Take care not to scratch the wheel when doing this.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:17 PM   #4
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Yes, you have to take the wheel off. From the inside of the wheel, I used a flat head screwdriver and carefully them (lifted the clip...).
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No need to take the wheel off the car... just use a small flathead screwdriver and pry the centercap out. Take care not to scratch the wheel when doing this.
hmmmmmm.....I like diversity, but not in my "how to" manual....
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Hey this is how they steal my caps in Miami, what can I say...
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Take it off, use two fingers, insert them into the hole until it comes out.



Wait.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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Take it off, use two fingers, insert them into the hole until it comes out.
We still talking about wheel cap removal here....?

I was afraid I would have to remove them. I got some Wolfsburg center caps for Christmas and want to put them on, but will wait for my next balance and rotation.
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I guess it might be possible when the wheel is on.. I took my wheels off and it seemed like the "right" way to take them out...
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[quote=vilesyntax;479788]I guess it might be possible when the wheel is on.. I took my wheels off and it seemed like the "right" way to take them out...[/QUOTE

It all boils down to whether you want to risk scraping your wheels. If you feel lazy do two a day...off swap on, repeat as necessarily
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Take it off, use two fingers, insert them into the hole until it comes out.



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I guess it might be possible when the wheel is on.. I took my wheels off and it seemed like the "right" way to take them out...
That's the "right" way.

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Excuse my resurrecting of a dead thread...

But are the centercaps pretty easy to remove? Or should I just buy new ones to put on my new wheels?
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Excuse my resurrecting of a dead thread...

But are the centercaps pretty easy to remove? Or should I just buy new ones to put on my new wheels?
Since you have new wheels you will already have your old ones off. Caps are stupid simple to remove. Just push from behind the cap with two fingers like the guy stated a few posts above. It'll just pop out.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:46 PM   #13
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Since you have new wheels you will already have your old ones off. Caps are stupid simple to remove. Just push from behind the cap with two fingers like the guy stated a few posts above. It'll just pop out.
Sweet. Thanks man
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I can tell from experience that you do not want to attempt to pry the cap off with the wheel on. Not only do you greatly increase the chance of scratching the wheel but you guarantee marring the caps itself (which you may not care about if you are ditching them).

If you are going to toss the caps, and you insist on leaving the wheel on, use a nylon pry tool (a strong one). Either way those suckers aren't coming off cleanly without removing the wheel first.
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