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When it comes to accessorizing your vehicle, nothing makes a more profound
statement than your choice of hubcaps. They tell a story about the driver. From
understated class to brash and bold, every hubcap has its own unique style.
Originally created for functionality; hubcaps, also called dust covers,
continue to fill a practical purpose. The first automobile wheels incorporated
wooden spokes used to unite the center hub with the steel rim. The wheel
bearings were contained in the hub and were filled with a surplus of grease. In
order to keep the dust from the bearings and to hold the grease in, a cover was
fashioned. Hence, the birth of the phrase:
Until just before the 1920s, most hubcaps were prepared from nickel plated
brass. By the 1920s aluminum hubcaps had become the material of choice. Hubcaps
went through several transitions. They evolved, expanding to envelop the lug
nuts. More expensive cars eventually included the option of a trim ring that was
plated with chrome and attached to the rim of the wheel in conjunction with the
hubcap in the center. Before long, hubcaps covered the entire wheel.
What is not often seen in current designs is the non rotating hubcap. This type
of hubcap remains stationary while the car is moving. It’s the perfect venue for
advertising, since the message can be read while the vehicle is in motion. These
are usually only found on race cars, public transportation or golf carts.
Like staging a house that is for sale, hubcaps are a necessity if you are
considering selling your car or truck. Without hubcaps the car looks dated. It’s
also associated with a lack of vehicle care and may leave potential buyers
wondering if the hubcaps are missing – what else could possibly be wrong with
Dented or dirty hubcaps have the same affect. Care for your hubcaps
starts from the minute you drive your car off the lot and pull into your
driveway. Unless you have expensive, specially designed hubcaps or chrome
hubcaps that are addressed later in this article, the care is pretty basic.
Start with a single hubcap at a time. Rinse the hubcap thoroughly to remove as
much dirt, dust and debris as possible with just the sheer force of the water
shooting from the garden hose. Mix a soapy solution of cleaning solvent in a
bucket and don a lambs wool mitt to gently, but effectively, clean the hubcap.
Rinse the mitt often, using a brush to clear away any grime that could
unintentionally be reapplied to the hubcap. Never use a cleaning brush or steel
wool brush on your hubcaps, no matter how deep the grime. It’s better to take
the extra time required to thoroughly remove grease and dirt than to ruin your
hubcaps because you’re in a hurry.
Rinse the hubcap thoroughly. Dry with a terry cloth towel that won’t
scratch the surface. Apply a coat (or two) of car wax to the hubcap with a
microfiber cloth. Waxing the hubcap will protect it from superficial layers of
dust and dirt. Apply the wax using quick, circular motions with the cloth. You
don’t have to apply too much pressure to effectively apply the coating of wax.
Allow the wax to dry completely. Use a second microfiber cloth to remove the
excess and buff gently.
If you are cleaning chrome hubcaps you’ve ventured into an entirely new
area of cleaning. Rinse the hubcaps with a slow stream of water. Water; if the
pressure is strong enough, can actually dent the malleable chrome. Completely
drench the hubcap in a gentle spray cleaner that states clearly that it is a
“hose off” or “rinse off” detergent. Allow the cleaner to set for ten minutes.
Rinse for two to three minutes in order to thoroughly remove any soapy residue.
Gently dry your chrome hubcaps with a microfiber cloth. If you allow it to air
dry you run the risk of unsightly water spots forming on the chrome. Water spots
are as unattractive as dirt, so take the extra few minutes to towel dry your
Questions about hubcaps:
Many often ask about the
difference in center caps and hubcaps. Unless you are a mechanic, the words, for
the most part, are interchangeable. Some center caps can be much smaller than
hubcaps. Whereas a true hubcap covers most of the wheel, center caps cover only
the lug nuts.
incident of losing your hubcaps. Hubcaps run the risk of popping off whenever
you hit uneven pavement or potholes. For the most part, this doesn’t happen too
often. However, if you take the hubcaps off and on too frequently, remember that
each time you do so you increase the chance of losing it. It weakens the
fastening system, allowing it to become disengaged more easily. If you take your
car to a mechanic to have your tires replaced or rotated, remove the hubcaps
yourself before you take it in. You cannot trust that a mechanic will use the
same care you take to protect the sheen and longevity of your hubcaps.
Consider the different style
of fasteners when purchasing your hubcaps. There are mainly three types from
which to choose. After market fasteners come in the form of metal clips that
include a steel retention system. These offer an additional layer of strength to
your hubcaps factory made retention element. Bolt on retention systems use the
bolts themselves to hold the hubcap in place. You’ll find this style to be quite
popular with car companies like Honda. Plastic clips are seen everywhere. But
they are by no means advisable if you want to give your hubcap the most
protection. The popularity is due to the fact that these are largely a factory
original mechanism that doesn’t cost extra. However, they can still be bought
after market. The fastening ability and strength are both weak and boast a high
percentage of hubcap loss. In the end it comes down to which type fits your
budget and taste.
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