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ok well im gonna get a bit of topic here... you know that incert in the middle of the wheel, its made og fiberglass or some sort of plastic. The paint brusted off. So maybe some on knows how I can take ot out, so i can paint it?

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You may have to take your wheel off to pop it off from behind. Don't bother painting it, you should be able to get a new one for about $10--or free if you look around.

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uhh, can I take it off without removing the wheel?
Also how that thing actually called?
And where can I get it for free? Junk yard?
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uhh, can I take it off without removing the wheel?
Also how that thing actually called?
And where can I get it for free? Junk yard?
If you can't get a screwdriver behind it to pop it off from the front you may have to remove the wheel to punch it out from behind.

They are called wheel center caps.

Those caps are usually available at wheel and tire places, at your dealers, and/or at junk yards. Here are some places to get them online:

Results for wheel center caps From Performance Products

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Mercedes Hubcaps, Wheel covers, Used hub caps, Hubcap and Mercedes Center caps - Hubcaps.com

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CLEAN WHEELS

in the uk we have something called "TRAFIC FILM REMOVER"

commonly refered to as TFR.

not a very pleasent chemical composision but reliable all the same,
and does what it says on the tin, has allways done the job for me.

also saves a fourtune on expensive wheel specific products.

but be warned IT IS NASTY STUFF. but then again thats proberly why it works.

good luck......
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uhh, can I take it off without removing the wheel?
Also how that thing actually called?
And where can I get it for free? Junk yard?
You can try to pop it up with small screwdriver, but that will leave small marks on it even if you are lucky not breaking one of the clips behind it.
Trust me on this one -take the wheel off. I have repainted mine several times. E class has the plastic cheaply painted and the main problem is to remove the old paint so it doesn't flake anymore.
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Agree with kajtek just take the wheel off and pop thae plastic cap behind to be safe and don't forget to torque the lug bolts after.

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well it will cost me some $$$ to make the shop to take the whell off
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well it will cost me some $$$ to make the shop to take the whell off
Let me apologise on behalf of everyone here, it was not clear from your earlier posts that you have some kind of disability. (allthough some of the spelling should have been a clue)

Are you honestly saying you cannot take a wheel off by yourself?

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i dont have car shop, and the wheel was mounted with pneumatic screw/bolt driver, i was trying to take the wheel off with standard X type key and i just couldnt do it. bolts didnt move... also even If I take it of, I probably wouldnt be able to screw balts back as good as pneumatic machine can do... and thats my safty...

and just in case, im a programer and electrinics engeneer not mechanic, i can use power tools but its not that i use every day
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i dont have car shop, and the wheel was mounted with pneumatic screw/bolt driver, i was trying to take the wheel off with standard X type key and i just couldnt do it. bolts didnt move... also even If I take it of, I probably wouldnt be able to screw balts back as good as pneumatic machine can do... and thats my safty...

and just in case, im a programer and electrinics engeneer not mechanic, i can use power tools but its not that i use every day
It sounds as though whoever last put your wheel on, put it on too tight. If you know who it was, take it back to them and tell them to undo the bolts and tighten them to the correct torque.
A pneumatic gun only makes the job quicker and easier, it cannot do a better job than you could do yourself, especially if the operator does not use a torque wrench to check the bolts are at the correct torque.
Putting bolts on too tight can strip the threads or break the studs, and that is not good for your safety either.

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