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Old 06-16-2018, 08:30 AM   #1
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Chevy 4500 - Rear wheel hub cap rotates while driving

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My wheel hub is rotating within the wheel rim as I drive. I've been on a long trip and I noticed the rotation and reinstalled the cover but within a hundred miles it had started to move again.

The real problem is that the long and short stems for the tire valves is no longer available. Please see photo.

Has anyone else seen this problem and how has it been resolved?

Thanks!
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Isn't there a single screw that holds that in place? Is that screw missing?
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No response on the Coachmen forum so let me try here:

My wheel hub is rotating within the wheel rim as I drive. I've been on a long trip and I noticed the rotation and reinstalled the cover but within a hundred miles it had started to move again.

The real problem is that the long and short stems for the tire valves is no longer available. Please see photo.

Has anyone else seen this problem and how has it been resolved?

Thanks!
If the hubcap is attached to the wheel, how can the hub spin within the cap. Something is amiss here.
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The chrome cover is fitted to the studs on your wheel I'd say no way it can move. Later RJD
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Isn't there a single screw that holds that in place? Is that screw missing?
Thanks for the response. I haven't seen any hole for a screw. Do you know where the hole is located?
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The chrome cover is fitted to the studs on your wheel I'd say no way it can move. Later RJD
Thanks for the response. The nuts are artificial. They are just for looks. The chrome cover is pressed on the wheel rim.

I align the valve stems to the openings in the chrome cover and drive for less than 100 miles and chrome cover will move and the valve stems are no longer visible. I hope that makes sense.
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You're saying the simulators are 2 piece. Not familiar with that kind.
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If the hubcap is attached to the wheel, how can the hub spin within the cap. Something is amiss here.
Thanks for the response. The nuts are artificial. They are just for looks. The chrome cover is pressed on the wheel rim.

I align the valve stems to the openings in the chrome cover and drive for less than 100 miles and chrome cover will move and the valve stems are no longer visible. I hope that makes sense.
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Thanks for the response. I haven't seen any hole for a screw. Do you know where the hole is located?

Yours are slightly different than mine, but looking at your picture, it looks like there are two screws at about 3 and 9 o'clock. I would think that those would prevent any rotation.
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Yours are slightly different than mine, but looking at your picture, it looks like there are two screws at about 3 and 9 o'clock. I would think that those would prevent any rotation.
The chrome cover is actually two pieces held together by rivets. Crazy but true. What you are seeing at 3 and 9 (and 12) are rivets to hold the center hub cover to the chrome cover. The chrome cover has metal fingers that hold the cover to the rim, but it must be loose enough to move at high speeds (maybe). The large holes in the chrome cover should be lined up with the large holes in the rim. The over is moving after driving so the holes do not line up.

I'm on a long drive home this weekend but I will follow up with additional pictures on Monday.
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I had the same problem with one rear similator. The problem resolved itself. The simulator departed somewhere in Nebraska an hour or so after I noticed it had rotated again and it wasn't tight, so tapped it back against the rim.

I contacted Dicor, sent them a photo, and the lady there gave me the part number. Their price was $165. I bought a set of 4 online for $235. I used a front one later.

Off subject, the center cap rivets got loose so I drilled them out and replaced them with stainless steel screws and nuts.
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You need to replace that outer Crome ring, it has spring clips with teeth and the are not holding. Have you tried switch lot with the other side?
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Maybe you need some Locktite in the right place.
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I had the same problem with one rear similator. The problem resolved itself. The simulator departed somewhere in Nebraska an hour or so after I noticed it had rotated again and it wasn't tight...
Several of us with Sprinter based Motorhomes have tied our Dicor wheel simulators to the wheels with wire ties (some use stainless ties; I prefer heavy duty UV inhibited plastic). Not sure it helps with simulator spin - maybe if the ties are angled to fight the spin. Our primary issue has been simulators "departing" (and taking valve stem extensions and valve stems with them).

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Thanks for the response. The nuts are artificial. They are just for looks. The chrome cover is pressed on the wheel rim.

I align the valve stems to the openings in the chrome cover and drive for less than 100 miles and chrome cover will move and the valve stems are no longer visible. I hope that makes sense.
Now I know the rest of the story. Never knew they mde covers like that as mine always where held in place with the stud nuts. Thanks for the update. Laterr RJD
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Just like what used to happen with car wheel covers. I have used a channel lock pliers and bent the spring clips outward for more tension. One other option is to remove the wheel covers and stash them. If you keep relying on them they could eventually cause a valve stem failure.
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You need to replace that outer Crome ring, it has spring clips with teeth and the are not holding. Have you tried switch lot with the other side?
Thanks! i'll give that a try. We won't be going out again until July but I'll let you know.
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Several of us with Sprinter based Motorhomes have tied our Dicor wheel simulators to the wheels with wire ties (some use stainless ties; I prefer heavy duty UV inhibited plastic). Not sure it helps with simulator spin - maybe if the ties are angled to fight the spin. Our primary issue has been simulators "departing" (and taking valve stem extensions and valve stems with them).

FYI, Jim
Thanks! Another good idea. I'll trying swapping first and if needed use a cable tie.
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Had a similar problem with one of the wheels on my Sunseeker, I tapped out the small rivets and replaced them with small sheet metal screws, it seems that that did the trick.
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