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My orange centre caps have arrived but I can't figure out how to remove the current ones! My friend suggested removing the wheels but that seems like a lot of work for a simple job.

Is there an easier way?

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Nah don't go to all that effort! I did it last week - get a sharp knife and cover it in masking tape so as not to do any damage, and slide it down the side of the cap - it will instantly pop out enough to just then pull it away. Easy peasy and no damage!

Let's have a pic when they're on!
 

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Removing the wheel isn't that much hassle... Just if you're like me with twig arms you may need to sit on the wrench to get the bolts loose! I replaced the centre caps on my R56 as they started to bubble, took me all of fifteen minutes for all four wheels. I'd suggest doing that as you literally just push from the inside and they pop out - I wouldn't go anywhere near my wheels with a knife.
 

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With the proper tools and technique removing a wheel is easy. I actually taught it to scouts a few months ago, and they are only 12. Agree sharp knife and tape does not sound like it will be a 100% safe solution, but I am sure some would get away with it. I am also uber protective of my cars, the dealer isn't allowed to wash mine, including during the PDI.
 

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With the proper tools and technique removing a wheel is easy. I actually taught it to scouts a few months ago, and they are only 12. Agree sharp knife and tape does not sound like it will be a 100% safe solution, but I am sure some would get away with it. I am also uber protective of my cars, the dealer isn't allowed to wash mine, including during the PDI.
I think I'll go with removing the wheels, my friend has a ramp I can use so I might as well make use of it!

I too am protective of my car, very careful of how/where I park and what I wash it with! I worry a little too much, after having someone key my complete passenger side early on in ownership. On the odd occasion I have took it through a high quality car wash (IMO - scratch free technology). Even if it does leave some marks, it's nothing that an annual detail can't fix :)

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Use something plastic if you don't want to use a knife. It's easy and fool proof without taking the wheels off - that seems complete overkill as it's a 30 second job. Each to their own though.. I'm the one who took my eBay bargain mirror caps to Mini for them to fit because I didn't dare ha
 

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I removed the wheels to do mine. It's a regular practice for me when I do a complete cleaning. Side note I also use a small amount of anti-seize on the lug bolt threads to keep rust away and get a good true torque on them with a torque wrench:nerd:
 

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I've seen people use a screwdriver or plastic spudger/trim removal tool and they pop off in no time.
 
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