Today was another all day, cloudy, rainy, chilly, day. But despite that it was still a good day because the post office found my package and I picked it up this morning.
The gadget I ordered, and finally got is a Dust cap Installer Tool. If You're Not Familiar with a Dust cap, it's the silver cup like thing that covers the end of your axle where the bearings are. It's sometimes called a grease cap because it helps keep the grease in the bearings and not flinging all over your tires and wheels.
now dust caps were not a problem for me until I removed the decorative covers that go over the end of the axles of the Arctic Fox, as I mentioned in a previous post I like to feel how warm my bearings are when I stop to take a break. and the decorative covers prevented me from touching the area where the bearings are. By removing the decorative covers it allowed any dust cap That had fallen off to go flying down the interstate instead of being caught by the decorative cover.
all of my life I have installed dust caps by tapping them gently in with a hammer, and then putting a 2 x 4 over them and then beating on the 2 x 4 with a hammer until the dust cap Is seated in place. And for the most part that's worked out well. But while trying to put a couple of dust caps on the Arctic Fox while I was in Corpus Christi, they were very tight and my old method of installation ended up deforming them so they came off too easily and I ended up having to buy two new dust caps.
So I looked up the problem I was having on the Internet and found out they actually make a tool for installing dust caps...... who knew? So now I no longer have to beat on my dust caps with a hammer and deform them enough so that someday they fall off......Maybe
The dust cap Installer tool, and a dust cap.
It pushes around the edges and doesn't deform it like a hammer hitting the top of it.
This is what it looks like while using it. It was only 11 bucks but it's worth its weight in gold if you really need it.