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Anyone know how to remove lug nut covers?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by jeffdom1978, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. jeffdom1978

    jeffdom1978 Member

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    I am at a loss. I cant find any information on how to remove the lug nut covers on the new 21" Twin turbine wheels. They appear like they pop off from grabbing the back and unclipping but they dont. I've had three people look at them and everyone is scared to crack them off.

    I hope someone here has these and can tell me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    They make a remover for them that look like tweasers. A thin pair of needle nosed pliers used gently will work also.
     
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    You could also make your own tool with a piece of wire that you create hooks at the end. Look at the Tesla tool on the website. All it is is flat pieces of plastic with a hooked ridge that goes behind the back of the nut cap so you can pull it out/off.

    I have one because I like to have the right tool. But I’m sure you could fabricate something that would hook in back of them to pull straight forward.
     
  4. jeffdom1978

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    I did find those tweezers on Tesla's site, but those are for taking the actual fake caps off the old style wheels. Here is what I am talking about.. NTB could not figure it out either. Tesla has to call me back.

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    Ah, yeah we thought you meant the actual covers for nuts not those complete covers.

    Let us know what you find out. Wonder if that’s another ‘only Tesla can do it’ special. Lol.

    I’m thinking they snap over the nuts in the same fashion, but hard to tell for sure.
     
  6. Corsair

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    I removed them with bare hands as I had to take 2 wheels off to repair kerb rash.

    First unclip the flange and slowly wriggle it out in a perpendicular outward direction.
     
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    I appreciate the quick responses guys! Tesla just called back and told me I have to wait until morning because they don’t know and have to try removing

    Ok, Thank-you so much! I pried very hard and it got to the point where i felt like the plastic was going to break. Do you think inserting a flat-head on the inner part while pulling back the clip part will work?
     
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    Using plastic trim remover / spluger would help, but I didn't need it at all. Once you get the first one out, you'd learn quickly how to remove the rest.
     
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    Pull strongly from the outer edge with solid force.

    If they don't pop off that way, slightly push the outer edge back down, not all the way, then pull it again and it'll come off.
     
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    Did Tesla call you back? Way too much force involved to be comfortable just pulling from the outer back edge. There is a hole in back on the right side. Tool?
     
  11. jeffdom1978

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    They told me to just pull them off. That indecent resulted in 3 broken covers. NTB replaced them, but took 2 weeks to order them from Tesla.

    If anyone has a suggestion on removing them without cracking them, I'd love to hear it.
     
  12. Kruegmeister

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    Just to add to this Thread.
    Pulling where your Middle Finger is in that Pic. I also used a Small Flathead Screw Driver into it & Rocking it back and forth.
    Just a Forewarning about using a Screw Driver, it will mar up your Wheels some. That Parts normally Covered, so as long as you don't Scrape it too deep...

    Corsair is right when he said once you figure one out the Rest will go Quick
     
  13. Corsair

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    I removed them for the 2nd time (for season changeover). Again using just my hands but wearing rubber gloves made removal much easier.

    Sorry to hear about the 3 broken covers. The wheels actually looks just as good without those triangular caps. I plan to use bolt caps instead, which you can buy from Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit

    or amazon.com
     
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    Definitely the best info on the www with regards to getting the nut covers off the new 21s. I just pulled all of mine off, and like Corsair says, you learn the technique quickly, and once the first one comes off, the others come off "easier". A few things I'd also add so there isn't a run on the parts dept. to buy replacements for all of the broken ones that are sure to come:

    1) use leather gardening gloves or suffer numerous finger pinches
    2) wiggle back and forth towards you AND towards the car. The more wiggle and less pull only, the quicker they'll come off (sometimes flying somewhere). This can be a two-handed job, with one hand pulling and keeping the clip free and the other one (maybe just a thumb) pushing in. A side-to-side wiggle is essentially impossible.
    3) if you're getting worked, and you will get worked, I'd suggesting using copious amounts of ultra sudsy soap in a squirt bottle (for lubrication) and getting as much on the backside of the cover as possible. Then continue the wiggle with gloves.
    4) I wouldn't recommend using a screwdriver
    5) It probably will also help to check out what the cover looks like on the backside and what the wheel looks like without covers

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  15. Kruegmeister

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    Another Update. Forget what I said about using a Screw Driver.
    Just Rock Back and Forth.
    I created a Video to hopefully Help others out with Removing these Covers.
     

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