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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Duetto steering wheel centercap removal

I purchased an original three spoke wheel with the cap in place; I'm ready to put the wheel on the car but this cap
is driving me nuts- I can slip butter knives in at several places and lift it a bit but I really don't want to break it- these things don't grow on trees. What is the magic technique? Would soapy water help? Maybe some silicone spray?
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Some silicons spray or other lube won’t hurt.
The cap is held in by 3(?} small pieces of spring steel pressing outwards against the hub bore. These might drag a little, resisting your pressure with your ‘butter knife’, but shouldn’t resist or catch sufficiently for you to damage anything, provided you are reasonably gentle.
Once your sharp blade has lifted the edge of the cap a little, slip a flat blade screwdriver inwards towards the centre and twist gently. As the cap rises, use a bigger screw driver. Work at several places around the edge.

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Thanks Ranz I'll try a little lube and a progressive lift approach with multiple utensils
At 50+ years old this plastic has to be pretty brittle- taking it easy as possible

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I always used a flat blade tangentially on a gap between plastic and metal to spread the load of the prying tool.. In fact it isn't a bad idea to slide two thin knives between the hub you are trying to remove (plastic) and the wheel hub (metal).. then go to work twisting your lever/screwdriver between the 2 blades.
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Is this your cap??
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Yep that's it- wish my dash looked that good LOL
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It's a compression fit.. there is a O ring in the wheel housing.
Gently pry with a non metallic tool. Harbor Freight sells trim removal kit.
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Just dig your fingers under it and pull it off. ����

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Thank you Not2old that helps me a great deal- also explains the strange resistance I was feeling- definitely going to use some type of lube- also I can spray it in from the back thru the center since the wheel is off the car
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It should pry up very easily. If not, be prepared that some sort of modification has been done.

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