They couldn't just use friction-hold wheel covers on my BUICK.
Instead, some yo-yo at GM designed "special, double-threaded wheel nuts"
You attach the wheel covers to these with plastic nuts.
This works well, if you never change the wheel !
Unfortunately, whenever I have the tires rotated,
some numb-nuts kid takes the air-wrench to the plastic nuts,
and strips them all !
I don't know how many replacements I've bought at the GM dealer......
GM's been doin' wheels a long long time.
They couldn't leave well-enough alone.
My 99 and 02 Cavaliers both are like that. They strip mine too:) But on
mine, the plastic caps are just a decoration, the actual lug nut holds the
wheel cover. And, they all make noise. Had to tie the wheel cover on the 99
with tie wraps.
Oh, I fully admit it is possible to damage the plastic nuts. My Bonnie has
the same style as your Cavalier, with a metal lug nut, and then a plastic
cap covering it, so it looks all shiny. I usually just grab a few whenever
I am out at the scrap yard, that way if any break, I have spares.
Damn - I think you're the first one I've heard complain of that. You can't
strip them by taking them off and if "numb-nuts kids" are taking an
air-wrench to your wheel covers, I'd be finding a more competent shop to
take my car to.
You only find these things out AFTER they've screwed it up.
By then, the damage's been done.
My complaint is that GM had a wheel cover that worked,
and they changed it for a process that could be easily damaged.
That's NOT progress.
I don't mind the ones you're talking about - I think they work fine. The
ones I really hated were the ones in the early nineties that used the loose
fitting hub that secured under three lug nuts and then the wheel cover
screwed to it using a special tool. What a Rube Goldberg that was.
My LeSabre had those nuts on it. They had a small indented hole and a
plastic wrench that was used to remove it. Problem was the wrench would
strip out the hole making it long gated and it was a mess to get them off
after that. I found nothing that would solve this problem and if they
stripped along side the road you had a really problem. My solution was take
off the wire wheel cover and replace with something else.
Seems to me, the numb-nuts kid that took the air-wrench to the plastic nuts
them ALL, is the problem. HE be should have paid for replacements HE got
from the GM dealer.
If he had, I bet HE would not have needed to buy another nut. let alone
another set of nuts LOL
The 05' Taurus had the same design on the hubcaps. I've had them come loose
just driving down the road. Also, the ford mechanic forgot to tighten them
once on it and one of them fell off. Of course there was no charge to get
Plastic hubcaps and covers have been falling off of cars since they were
invented. I don't think it's going to change now.
17 years and 310,483 miles and I have 16 of the original wheel covers
lug nuts on my Bonneville.............the key is to bring the car in for
tire service without the wheel covers on.
The lug nut caps on my Buick are aluminum but the don't hold anything in
place, they just cover the lug nut thats holding the alumunum wheel on.
91 Bonneville 310,483
05 Park Avenue 63,343
There's no problem with someone using an impact wrench WHO KNOWS HOW TO
USE IT PROPERLY.
The trick is finding that person...
just be glad you don't have a Porsche, those aluminum (really!) lug nuts
aren't cheap to replace.
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