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How to Replace Wheel Center Cap 02-14 Volvo XC90

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:34)
    • Raise the vehicle with minimal weight on the wheel
    • Loosen the five 19 mm lug bolts
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove the lug bolts
    • Remove the wheel
  2. step : Changing the Wheel Center Cap (1:58)
    • From the inside of the wheel, tap the rear of the center cap with the handle of a screwdriver
    • Push the new center cap into the wheel to lock it in place
  3. step : Installing the Wheel (3:34)
    • Hold the wheel up on the hub, or use a stud pin to help
    • Install the 19 mm lug bolts
    • Tighten the bolts by hand
    • Lower the vehicle with minimal weight on the wheel
    • Torque the 19 mm lug bots to 103 ft-lb

Hey friends, it's Len here at 1A Auto. Today, we're working on our 2004 Volvo XC 90. This is the all-wheel drive version. Not that that matters for this application, but we're going to be doing an in-wheel center cover. It's going to be super easy. I can do it. You can do it too. If you need this or any other part, you can always check us out at 1aauto.com. Thanks.

Okay friends, so now what we're going to do is we're going to loosen up the wheel. I've got my vehicle supported from the ground, but the wheel's still touching so that it can't spin while I do this. I'm just going to use my 19 millimeter. I have a thin wall socket on there, so it can squeeze in between the rim and the lug nut. I'm just going to break it free. It's a tight one. That's the reason for doing it while it's still on the ground. If you tried doing this up in the air, the wheel of course is going to spin.

Okay, so I've got three out of my five lug bolts out. This is what they look like right here. They screw directly into the wheel bearing, so once you take off this one right here, and then you go to take this one off, there's going to be nothing holding this wheel on, so you need to pay attention to that. I'm just going to take this one lug here, lug bolt, put it in a couple threads, and that's just so the wheel won't be able to come off and potentially hurt me. All right. Push my wheel up against. Just grab it. I'm holding the wheel so it can't fall down at this point. Then we'll just grab it off and set it aside safely.

So we'll just take a peek. It's definitely an improvement. I think it's going to look awesome on there. So, what we'll do, we'll set this down. I'm going to put my hand in front of here. I'm going to use my screwdriver, but I'm going to use the handle. I'm going to come from the backside, and I'm just going to give this a loving bonk, comes out easy peasy. There's our little cover. There it is next to the new one.

So here we are friends. A quick product comparison for you. Over here we have our center cover from the wheel of our 2004 Volvo XC 90 all-wheel drive version. Over here we have our brand new quality 1A Auto part, both these parts at the same exact diameter, which is super important. Ours has upgraded clips that hold into your wheels. Much stronger than the cruddy plastic ones that they have here. We even have a little metal ring. That way you don't have to worry about something like this going ... popping off and going down the road. You never see it again. If that ever happened of course, 1aauto.com, you can scoop these up. With that said, I don't see any reason why this wouldn't be a quality part to install into the vehicle, so I'm going to go ahead and do it. If you need this or any other part, you can always check us out at 1aauto.com. Thanks.

To install the new one. Just going to come right up here. So we're just going to come right up here. Get it so it's starting in there. Give it a loving bonk real quick. Make sure it's in there. We'll do the same to all the other wheels and then down the road you go.

Okay, so now to make it easier to get the wheel up on here where we don't have the lug studs that are sticking out and you put your wheel up on and just kind of holds the wheel nice and easy for you. You don't have to stand there and hold it forever. Volvo decided to make it fun and interesting, and make you work your muscles a little bit. Well, 1A Auto sells this awesome tool and basically all these are is they're going to give you a lug stud. So when you're putting your wheel on, you just slide your wheel right over this and it's going to kind of hold it there so you don't have to sit there and try to muscle it the whole time while you try to line up the holes and put your lug stud in or lug bolt.

So I'm going to set that aside. I'm going to grab my wheel. Bring it right over. Hold on to one of my lug nuts. Just going to bring this up. Slide it right over that. Boy oh boy, that made it easy. So now we just take our lug bolt, put our wheel up against there. Start this in, hopefully. I should've grabbed one of my sockets. It would've made my life a little easier here. There we are, and even though I was holding the wheel steady that whole time, I didn't have to have my whole body holding it, trying to line it up while I'm staring into the hole and put this through. Thank you 1A Auto. So we'll just start all these lug nuts in and then we'll bottom them out. Torque them down.

Okay, we've got all the lug nuts bottomed out. Now we'll just bring the vehicle back down so the wheel's touching the ground, but without full force of the vehicle's weight on the wheel. Then we'll torque down these lug nuts. So here we are, friends, we've got our torque wrench out. It's set to 103 foot-pounds. I have my thin wall, 19 millimeter socket because there's limited space to get in between these lug bolts and the wheel.

When we tighten these down, we're going to go in a star pattern here, here, here, here, here. Then if we decide to go around again, we'll do the same thing, but anyway, the reason for going in a star is essentially, so as we're going around, if the wheel's cantered a little bit, it won't get stuck that way and maybe the torque wrench thinks it's torquing it down to 103 like it's supposed to be, but it's a little bit cocked off to the side. Then you drive it down the road, hit a bump or whatever. Everything starts loosening up. Your lug bolts come out. Long story short, just tighten them in a star pattern. There we are. I always like to go around twice. It doesn't cost me anything. It doesn't hurt me any and it's a small price to pay for safety. Okay, all torqued up. Great job everybody.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Wheel Stud Pin


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