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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Stoat View Post
    Any penetrating oil should "search" into the cover, I know what you mean about cheapo alloy dust caps, they are best avoided.
    The only way to get the stuck valve cap off now is carefully use a dremmel to get them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlabyLoyal View Post
    This is how I did it on my Vectra when I had aftermarket "monkey metal" valve caps weld onto the valve stem.

    1. Rotate the wheel so that the valve is at the 12 o'clock position.
    2. Boil a kettle of water.
    3. Get a beer bottle (I used a Budweiser bottle) or anything with a long, thin neck (probably not a giraffe though)
    4. Wrap something around the bottle so that you can hold it without getting scalded when you fill it with boiling water.
    5. Fill the bottle up to the rim (ooooh matron) with the boiling water. Care needed here.
    6. Carefully take the bottle of water to the wheel and immerse the valve cap in the boiling water. Again, care needed here.
    7. Leave for a minute or two and if you are lucky the valve cap will have expanded enough off the stem to enable removal.

    As with anything involving boiling water please take all precautions to avoid spills, scalds etc.

    Also, there was no TPMS on the Vectra so I don't know what impact, if any, this method might have on it. Very little I suspect if you just immerse the valve cap only.
    Thanks I give that ago.

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    Sounds good to me Blaby, If you are buying a tool, you could destroy the old covers & replace:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TPI-Injec...4AAOSwx2dYHvzZ

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    I took my locking wheel nuts of my GS and replaced with normal bolts. Got these to cover them. Don't know how they do it for that price. They are GM marked too
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-V....c100675.m4236
    Last edited by Minuteman; 13-03-2018 at 08:01 PM.

 

 
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