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Old 03-01-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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Squeeky Hubcabs?!?

I know that sounds weird, but our hubcabs squeek horribly while moving. When we first bought it we thought is was something in the wheel itself or the brakes. We have since replaces the brakes & hubs etc.
While test driving after the replacement, darn if it still was squeeking. We removed all the hub caps and it stopped. (Thank goodness - you should have seen the looks we were getting). Any suggestions? It looks tacky without the caps!
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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How about putting them back on one at a time to see which one or if all of them are the culprits. Possibly replacing the clips on them might solve your problem. Or try other hub caps to see if they do the same thing.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:29 AM   #3
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I had some metal hubcaps that would squeak whenever the vehicle was moving. My redneck solution was to run two turns of duct tape around the circumference of the clips, then reinstall the hubcaps. The duct tape helped keep the clips from shifting as the wheels turned, and dampened whatever of the squeak was left.
It was cheaper than new hubcaps...
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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We thought about something along that line. We were thinking about weatherstripping that was sticky on one side, hoping the cushion would stop the noise.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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Squeaky hub caps.

Hi, after working at new car dealers since....................any way the first thing you need to do is make sure everything is clean especially where the hub caps or wheel covers make contact with your wheels. Next make sure the clips that hold them on are tight. We used to bend the clips to make a tighter fit. Two other things that work, but could cause other problems is lubrication [grease, WD 40, Etc.] and electrical tape. The problems are: Lubricants attract dirt. And tape may cause your hub caps / wheel covers to fall off. But not always.
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Bob has the base's covered.

When I put these on our old 63 Safari the squeeks went away for good.

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I know that sounds weird, but our hubcabs squeek horribly while moving. When we first bought it we thought is was something in the wheel itself or the brakes. We have since replaces the brakes & hubs etc.
While test driving after the replacement, darn if it still was squeeking. We removed all the hub caps and it stopped. (Thank goodness - you should have seen the looks we were getting). Any suggestions? It looks tacky without the caps!
It can happen. I had it happen on my first car. The rims flex and the covers were rubbing against them. I removed the caps and the sound went away.
Try some light lube on them.
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I had the same problem on a car. I bent the clips to make them fit tighter and the noise stopped.
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