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Hub Caps

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Hub Caps
Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:22 pm

I was going to post this tip a few weeks ago but I forgot...

I had my front seals replaced about a year ago because they were leaking. I noticed when we got home from SC (a 1500 mi trip for us) the driver side front outside hub was leaking oil. I knew those seals didn't have that many miles on them so I decided to replace all the caps on the hubs. It takes four altogether - two in ft and two on the tag and that fixed the problem. I have taken another trip since I replaced the caps, and there is still no leak.

So my tip is: check those caps before you go on a trip. They might look ok, as mine did, but they were leaking just the same. It's something to think about, and it's an inexpensive fix.

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Re: Hub Caps
Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:29 am

Here is something else to consider.

If you are running hub covers on the rear, that go into the wheel (from the backside) you might want to stop and think about this. When recently having to be towed in the Atlanta area, the wrecker did not have enough air pressure to bust loose the lugs on the rear wheels, which he needed to do in order to pull the rear axle to tow it.

Consequently he had to jack it up, really high, and pull the drive shaft (which cost extra by the way) and it was towed like that. You might be money ahead, to replace the old style hub covers with the new ones, that simply screw on (top of) the wheel and are easily removed.

The tow cost $508 and insurance picked up $500 of that, so it worked out well, but it could have been a lot worse.

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