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Quick Aero Cover Swap

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Mayonayze, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Mayonayze

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    i removed my aero covers and installed the new center caps. But given that i cant make up my mind about which config i like best, i figure i’ll just switch back and forth for a bit.

    Now that my cool story is out of the way, has anyone found a quick and easy way to remove the center caps so i can switch back to the aero covers? They feel a little cheaply made and i don’t want to just jab a flat head in there to wedge them out.

    TIA
     
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    I use a dull knife, others have used suction cups.

    Undecided? Leave them on one side, remove on the other.
     
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  4. Mayonayze

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    Don't use anything metal to remove the center caps. You'll damage the plastic. If you pry on plastic items with metal tools, you'll eventually, if not immediately, damage the plastic item.

    The lug nut cap remover shown above is to remove the plastic dust caps off the 5 lug nuts, not the center cap. I never use this tool though. The lug nut caps come off with your fingers.

    I don't find the specific tool that I ordered through Amazon, but you want something like the following, which I found by searching for "iPhone suction tool". These are designed to pry apart smartphones and tablets that are potentially glued together. Wipe the dust off the suction cup, place it on the face of the center cap, flip the lever, and the cap come right out without causing any damage to the cap.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W7TJFJJ

    My aero covers are hanging from rubber-covered hooks on the garage wall, except for when I'm going on road trips out of town.
     
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  6. Mayonayze

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    Boom. Thats what i was looking for, thanks!
     
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    I honestly have never taken the dust caps off unless rotating tires. You just need to remove the center cap if you want to use the aero covers.
     

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