Make sure to measure the diameter of your wheels before buying a wheel cover. Buy the right size wheel cover for your car by measuring its circumference.
Remove old wheel covers and fit new ones after you’ve installed your new tires, depending on their type of design and material composition.
Check if there are any gaps between the rim of your tire and the edge of the wheel cover- If so, use a needle or knife to fix it as best you can; otherwise, purchase a specific fitting wheel cover designed for this purpose .
Finally, lubricate all moving parts with a good quality oil every few months to keep them running smoothly.
How To Put Wheel Covers On?
You can instantly change the appearance of your vehicle by installing new wheel covers. There is no need to jack up the vehicle or use any tools to install wheel covers. For some wheel covers, you will have to remove the wheel lug nuts.
A metal ring with an indent must be attached to all wheel covers. On the backside of the wheel cover, there is a valve stem stamp diagram that must be aligned with the ring indent. In this indent, you will find the valve stem for your wheel.
When looking at the backside of the wheel cover, ensure that each ring insert has the indent facing down and inward.
Make sure the indent and tire valve stem are aligned before putting the wheel cover on the steel wheel.
You can test the fit of the wheel cover by removing it with your hands. Changing the wire ring’s placement by pushing it down into the lower notch on the tabs may be possible if the wheel cover can be easily removed.
Measure the Diameter of Your Wheels
When measuring the diameter of your wheels, make sure to include the space around them. Use a tape measure or a piece of paper to figure out how wide you need the cover to be and cut it accordingly with an awl or scissors.
If your wheel covers have a Velcro closure, adjust it so that it is snug but not too tight. Make sure that each cover is properly aligned before attaching it by pressing down on both ends until they stick together firmly. Once all covers are attached, use a hairdryer or heat gun to press any wrinkles out of them.
Buy the Right Size Wheel Cover
Make sure to measure the diameter of your wheel and choose a cover that is at least 1/2″ larger than the circumference of your wheel. Select a cover with elastic straps so it will be snug but not too tight on your wheel.
Avoid covers made from materials like PVC or vinyl, which can cause damage to your vehicle’s finish. Compare prices before you buy; some sellers offer discounts for multiple purchases. Keep in mind that new wheels may require different sizes of covers depending on their size and type (ie., cast iron vs aluminum).
Remove Old Wheel Covers
Remove the old wheel covers by prying them off with a flathead screwdriver or a wrench. Clean the area around each wheel well with rubbing alcohol and a cloth to remove any grease or residues from the coverings.
Apply new wheel covers using your hands, aligning them correctly on all four wheels of your vehicle. Drive your car slowly around the block once or twice to make sure that they are fitted properly and do not move during normal driving conditions.
Replace missing parts as necessary, such as screws and washers, before re-covering your wheels.
Fit New Wheel Covers
The first step is to measure the wheel well and add 1/2 inch for every dimension, including depth and width. After you have measured, use a template or an online guide to find the right size cover that will fit snugly without stretching or tearing.
You can either sew it on yourself using heavy-duty thread or have a professional do it for you with a special sewing machine designed for this job.
When your new wheel cover is in place, test it out by rolling your car around the block once or twice to make sure there are no shifting noises and everything moves smoothly across the surface of the tire’s casing (this includes both front and rear wheels).
Finally, take care of your new wheel covers by keeping them clean and protecting them from rain, snow, ice accumulation, etc., so they last longer.
Consider using high-quality wheel covers, otherwise, they’ll get hot easily and smell like burning rubber.
There are a few different ways to put wheel covers on a bike, so it is important to find the method that works best for you. Some people use hose clamps, while others use zip ties or straps.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and make sure that your cover is properly fitted and secure.