How to Remove BMW E46 Center Caps

Written by kyle sanstrom
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The centre caps on a BMW E46 snap into place in the centre of each wheel. These caps are made from aluminium and are easily damaged if removed improperly. BMW E46 centre caps do not contain a relief notch like many other centre caps and must be pushed out from the backside of the wheel to avoid causing damage. The wheel must be removed in order to access the back of the centre cap.

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Things you need

  • Automotive jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • 1/2-inch metric socket set
  • 1/2-inch long-handle ratchet
  • Hammer
  • Wooden dowel

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  1. 1

    Place the BMW's transmission in park or first gear (manual) and apply the parking brake. Turn off the engine and chock the opposing wheels.

  2. 2

    Loosen the lug nuts loose with a 17mm metric socket connected to a 1/2-inch long-handle ratchet. Raise the vehicle using the automotive jack. Support the car with jack stands. Remove the lug nuts using the 17mm socket and 1/2-inch ratchet. Remove the wheel.

  3. 3

    Tap the centre cap out of the wheel from the back side using a hammer and a small wooden dowel.

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