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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
To Replace a Hubcap, Tire Size Needed
You want to replace a hubcap. You do not want to pay $75 or more for one, so you head for an auto parts store to get a generic set of four for far less than the one. You quickly discover you need to know one important bit of information. Will the hubcaps need to be 12", 13", 14", 15", 16", or 17"? Put away the tape measure and look at the tire itself. You will find a series of letters and numbers there in a string that describe you tire to anyone in the know in the tire world. At the right hand end of that string is a letter R followed by two digits. Mine reads R15. That is the size for your hubcap. For me, R15 is 15". It's as simple as that. Know this though, in my travels, I see 14" through 16" hubcaps in those auto supply stores. The other sizes may require a trip to an Internet retailer instead.
Good luck, especially in winter when hubcaps have their highest mortality rate ... or so it seems to me.