Saturn Vue Wheel Center Caps
If you’re restoring a Saturn Vue or you drive one that has picked up a few dings, you may need new center caps. These small parts go a long way in making the Vue look polished and complete. Whatever model of this compact SUV you have, you can find OEM wheel center caps to match.What is the purpose of wheel center caps?
The center caps have both an aesthetic and a practical function. When the wheels don’t match, the vehicle gives the impression of being poorly cared for. A shiny set of center caps can finish and freshen up the Vue.
The center caps also help keep road dirt out of your wheels. Both the wheel bearings and the hub nut can benefit from this. Some styles of center caps incorporate lug-retaining caps that offer similar protection to the lug nuts.How do you choose center caps to fit?
There are four different types of center caps that were made for the Vue. Which type you need will depend on the vehicle’s year of manufacture, trim package, and wheel size.
The easiest way to be sure you’re getting the right cap is to go by the part number. This number is found on the back of the caps. Look for a matching number when you shop.What are the center cap types?
2002 - 2004: If your Saturn Vue was manufactured from 2002 through 2004, it will have what can be called the “daisy” style of center cap. This style has a round center section with five circles, like petals, around the perimeter. Each of these circles encloses a lug nut retaining cap. These center caps are usually painted silver with the Saturn emblem in the middle.
2004 - 2007: During this production period, the center cap still incorporates the lug-retaining caps. Instead of being daisy-shaped, though, it is round, with five holes for the lug nuts around the edge. The cap is 6.75 inches in diameter.
2008 - 2010: Saturn switched to a smaller center cap during these model years. Depending on the model, the cap may be either round or spoked. The round cap is 2.375 inches in diameter.
The spoked cap has five short spokes and is about 4 inches across. None of the caps for these model years cover the lug nuts.How do you replace the center caps?
If your cap covers the lug nuts, youll have to loosen the retaining caps. Remember that these are just plastic covers, not the actual nuts. Loosen them carefully with a wrench and lift the center cap off. If its stubborn, pry it loose with a screwdriver. If your cap is the small round or spoked type, you should be able to just pry it off.
To replace the small caps, press them into place until the clips on the back snap tight. For the caps that cover the lugs, press them on and carefully tighten the retaining caps.