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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.

    TwinT_1.jpg Twin_T2.jpg
     
  5. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

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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.
     
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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.
     
  7. jeffdom1978

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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.
     
  9. GatorGuy

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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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