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Old 10-19-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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I have a 2000 SE. The stock aluminum wheels come with a black plastic cap that screws on over the lug nuts. After a tire rotation, etc., at least one or two seem to fall off, and a few more get stripped. I'm sure some of it is the air gun, but sometimes I found one or two missing after a long trip. I am getting charged anywhere from $3-5 a piece for these.

Does anyone know of a lug nut that would also serve as a cover, i.e. closed end. I see these on a lot of foreign cars.

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There are various aftermarket lug nuts that would serve your purpose but would not be an inexpensive fix. Someone who ha purchased some and like them may chime in here, or you could do a Google search. You could also try something like this instead.

http://www.colorlugs.com/colors.htm

If you are using an airgun to install those covers, that is your problem. They aren't strong enough to withstand that type of installation.

Another option is to follow the instructions in this TSB.

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Wheels - Plastic Wheel Nut Covers Loose/Missing

Bulletin No.: 01-03-10-009A

Date: July 27, 2004

TECHNICAL
Subject:
Plastic Wheel Nut Covers Missing and/or Loose (Replace Missing Covers and Add Sealant to All Covers)

Models:
2005 and All Prior Passenger Cars (Except All Cadillac Models and Pontiac GTO)

with Plastic Wheel Nut Covers

Supercede:

This bulletin is being revised to add additional models years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-03-10-009.

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Some customers may comment that the plastic wheel nut covers are missing and/or loose.

Correction
Important:
^ DO NOT USE a silicone-based adhesive.

^ Do not apply the *permatex(R) around the threads in a circular pattern.

^ Apply a single bead across the threads approximately 10 mm (0.4 in) in length, 5 mm (0.2 in) in height and 5 mm (0.2 in) in width.

Replace any missing plastic wheel nut covers with the appropriate covers and apply Permatex(R) # 2 Form A Gasket Sealant(R) to the threads of all the plastic wheel nut covers. Tighten finger tight plus a 1/4 turn with a hand wrench.

*We believe this source and their products to be reliable. There may be additional manufacturers of such material.

General Motors does not endorse, indicate any preference for or assume any responsibility for the products from this firm or for any other such items which may be available from other sources.

Permatex(R) # 2 Form A Gasket Sealant(R) part numbers (available at your local parts supplier)
^ P/N 80009 (2A/2AR) - 44 ml (1.5 oz) tube boxed
^ P/N 80015 (2AR) - 44 ml (1.5 oz) tube carded
^ P/N 80010 (2B/2BR) - 89 ml (3 oz) tube boxed
^ P/N 80016 (2BR) - 89 ml (3 oz) tube carded
^ P/N 80011 (2C) - 325 ml (11 oz) tube boxed
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If you are willing to swap over to a chrome look.

McGard 64012 you'll need 4 or 5 packages..
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After a tire rotation, etc., at least one or two seem to fall off, and a few more get stripped
Hmmm, good to know. Maybe I better make a mental note to take all the covers off before I ever have the tires rotated.
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I switched to the McGuard and am pleased with the results. Makes rotating the tires a lot easier.
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A note...If you ever take your tires off yourself for working on the car or rotating them.

I always felt like I was taking off 40 lug nuts because of the caps. Now...I only take off 20. Really speeds up the process.
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Those look like the gray ones.

Did the B'villes have gray? i thought they only used black and chromed.
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I am lookikng into buying the Mcgard nuts. I see that they have a black set, I guess similar to what is on there with a locking nut as part of the set. It'* tough to pay around $100 and buy things without seeing them.

I happened to be looking for wheel nuts and came across this site, link attached. I'm a little concerned because they indicate that the length of the lug nuts vary from front to back. If true, I never knew that. I've seen the tire places I go to just throw them all in a pile and then zip them back on. I've had a vibration for a few years since a tire rotation.

Now I'm wondering if they mixed the lug nuts and I have some 19mm on the wheel with some 23mm.

This seems to be more complicated than need be.

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http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...,parttype,7676
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Just would like to know if the info on the link re: different length lug screws is correct, and if buying McGard or other aftermarket lug screws would effect anything.

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