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Tried putting my summer wheels back on (stock snowflakes), but my rear right wheel won't seat. After wrestling with it I pulled the wheel back off and noticed a small plastic lip on the OD of the center of the axle where the wheel should fit over. The plastic looks a bit beat up and deformed, and the outer diameter is too larger for the wheel inner diameter.

Anyone know what this part is called or how much it'll run me to get it fixed? Anyone else have this issue?
 

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Tried putting my summer wheels back on (stock snowflakes), but my rear right wheel won't seat. After wrestling with it I pulled the wheel back off and noticed a small plastic lip on the OD of the center of the axle where the wheel should fit over. The plastic looks a bit beat up and deformed, and the outer diameter is too larger for the wheel inner diameter.

Anyone know what this part is called or how much it'll run me to get it fixed? Anyone else have this issue?
On the brake rotor?? Is it a hub ring for your winter tires? Did the other sides have one?
 

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On the brake rotor?? Is it a hub ring for your winter tires? Did the other sides have one?
ID of the brake rotor yes, black plastic. No it is not the centering ring for my winters, the other side went on without issue (and I did that side first).
 

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A hub ring from your winter wheels is the first thing that came to mind. My winter wheels have them and I had the same issue the first time I out my summers back on.

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A hub ring from your winter wheels is the first thing that came to mind. My winter wheels have them and I had the same issue the first time I out my summers back on.

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Maybe I'll double check it tomorrow. I could have been blinded by frustration at that point, who knows.
 

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Maybe I'll double check it tomorrow. I could have been blinded by frustration at that point, who knows.
If you can snap a picture tomorrow we would know for sure. I am still betting it's a hub ring given the information.
 

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Damn I think you guys are right. Looks like it may be and it was just so rusted on there that I thought it was part of the rotor.

Am I am idiot or what?

Thanks guys.
 

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Thats the hub centering ring. It looks pretty beat up, not a bad idea to replace it. One way to prevent the rust getting on there is a product we use at work by castrol. Its called "hot paste", its a grey paste that you apply after you brush off the surface oxidation everytime you remove the wheel. I use it when I switch back and forth from my street wheel/tires to the autox wheel/tire combo. Wheels come off easy and the plastic hub ring always stays on the wheel. Castrol Optimal Paste TA - Silver Anti-Seize Paste Castrol - Thread Sealant - 000-043-305-08-MS56
Its basically an anti seize grease, any brand should be fine, but I like castrol because it applies thinner and stands up to heat really well. Its what is recommended for Benzs at my work. I use it daily and it really is a great product.
 

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Thats the hub centering ring. It looks pretty beat up, not a bad idea to replace it. One way to prevent the rust getting on there is a product we use at work by castrol. Its called "hot paste", its a grey paste that you apply after you brush off the surface oxidation everytime you remove the wheel. I use it when I switch back and forth from my street wheel/tires to the autox wheel/tire combo. Wheels come off easy and the plastic hub ring always stays on the wheel. Castrol Optimal Paste TA - Silver Anti-Seize Paste Castrol - Thread Sealant - 000-043-305-08-MS56
Its basically an anti seize grease, any brand should be fine, but I like castrol because it applies thinner and stands up to heat really well. Its what is recommended for Benzs at my work. I use it daily and it really is a great product.
Thanks Dan. I have some, but like you mentioned not sure how thick it'll be or how it'll hold up under heat.

I'll give the castrol a try.
 

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I use it on my st. A little goes a long way, just a nice thin coat is all thats needed. The product should last you forever. I have 4 oz of this stuff and working at the dealership this has lasted my 2 years so far. lol



here's an example of how much to apply. This is not a focus st, but you get the idea.
 
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