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My hub caps have been peeling for a few years, the shiny silver paint is coming off all four on the edges (must be because I drive so fast, heh, not)

It was time to do a rotation on my fairly new tires. I figured hey I've seen some cars now with flat black hub caps/wheels and it looks kinda futuristic.

Went to Menards got some rustoleum basic black flat spray paint. I sanded down where it was peeling and sprayed them while I was rotating the tires.

:eek: Dingbats at the tire shop ruined one of my nuts when I got the new tires year or two ago, not sure how but it was so stuck it sheared off after a while of trying. Now I'll have to follow rdelga1's method here to replace it as I don't want to remove the wheel hub as I don't have a puller. http://www.kia-forums.com/1g-2001-2005-rio/60004-incorrect-way-change-lug-nut-bolt.html

On top of that I had to order online a replacement wheel nut, as these are special ones :( I didn't see local or close enough local with a plastic washer (how it holds the hub cap on) Picked up 2 online for 6 bucks after shipping from Brandsport. Oh and I noticed its close enough to be time for new pads based on where the metal is (almost 82,000 on the original set) so I picked some "gold" ones while I was at advance.

Here's some pictures (new caps look sweet) I'll update in daylight with them on. And a picture of the jammed up nut and the new M12-1.50 wheel stud to install.
https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=BE6E38CCC8860024!1146&authkey=!AFXFl2DiPV6Gtik
https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=BE6E38CCC8860024!1145&authkey=!AKTdxntEKz6XXds
 

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Wheels nuts are so easy to get right, but it's amazing how often they're ruined.

1. Tighten nuts in a cross-pattern to a low torque while wheel is off the ground. Spin wheel to confirm that it's sitting right. Check that wheel-cover is sitting right as well (bolt-on covers). No grease on threads.

2. Lower jack so that wheel touches the ground. Torque to spec. (about 80 ft.lb. for most passenger cars). Lower wheel completely.

3. After a short test drive, re-check the torque.

From experience, some tyre operators will torque to 200+ ft.lb. if given the chance. This is enough to defeat all normal attempts to remove the nuts. Oh yes, it can break them as well.
 

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Black plastic wheel trims must be an acquired taste, although they do have a certain numpty-macho chic. I stick with silver on those cars that aren't alloy-wheeled.
 
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