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Old 02-18-2008, 07:21 PM
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grease cap removal tip?

hey guys . long time no write.

i was wondering if you can give me some tips on how to remove the grease cap on the front wheels. I needed to change the pads but then discovered that the rotor was not within the specs. after reading the posts about wheel bearings, etc, it seems pretty straightforward. if i can just remover the grease cap! all the posts seem to recommend big channel lock pliers (which i have) but i don't know if it comes straight out? does it turn to get out? i don't want to deform the thing by crushing it.

your tips on this are appreciated.

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:25 PM
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2x4 and a clawed hammer.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:45 PM
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It is a friction fit - doesn't screw out. I think I might have resorted to a board against the ridge and a hammer - or something like that just to get it nudged out. Keep rotating as you're hitting against it.

I assume it would take considerable force to deform them - probably don't have to be concerned about that.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:46 PM
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Hammer and chisel, it'll come off.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:47 PM
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It is a friction fit - doesn't screw out. I think I might have resorted to a board against the ridge and a hammer - or something like that just to get it nudged out. Keep rotating at your hitting against it.

I assume it would take considerable force to deform them - probably don't have to be concerned about that.
Do not hit them. Use the claw or crow bar to hook under the lip. Take a 2x4 and a clawed hammer and if you cant figure out how to get it off then you probably cant measure your run out either in which case you probably should take the car somewhere.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:18 PM
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Jennifer,
If you grab the cap with your big channel lock pliers and work it up and down a bit while simultaneously pulling away from the hub, you will likely get the cap off.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:52 PM
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I used my biggest open end wrench and the lug bolts as fulcrums. Open end catches under lip of cap, tap gently on box end with a hammer, work around the wheel a time or two in lug bolt tightening pattern to ease it out. Popped it right off without even chipping the paint as I recall. Suppose I could have used the claw end of a hammer with lug bolts as fulcrums, but I didn't think of that at the time
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:46 PM
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We replaced them on my dad's SD when we did the front brakes...the old ones were pretty beat up. They're only like $3 each to replace....
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