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How do I remove the wheel on a 2008 Ranger? Cant get the center cap off...

Sorry for the stupid question, Ive searched but couldnt find anything (I'm probably using the wrong terms).

Anyways, I want to buy a set of winter tires for my dad's 2008 Ford Ranger Supercab. I have a set of rims I got for free from an older ranger and I just want to take off the wheel on the 2008 Ranger so I can make sure 100% that it will fit before I go out and get the tires mounted and balanced.

Problem is I cant get the center cap thing off. Ive tried almost everything, but dont want to force it too much. Here is a pic I grabbed on the internet of the wheel:

http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos....ap_640x480.jpg

Advice would be great. Thanks.
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long screw driver where there is a notch in the cap you will see it and pop it off... its takes some force there just snapped onto the lung nuts
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Make sure to get the tire pressure sensors switched over onto the new rims or the light will be on in the cluster.
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Thanks for the tip, it came off finally. I am aware of the TPMS, but I think Ill just leave it off. The flashing light on the dash wont be too much of a bother.
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You can always take the bulb out for it too.
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Just use a big hammer.
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Thanks for the tip, it came off finally. I am aware of the TPMS, but I think Ill just leave it off. The flashing light on the dash wont be too much of a bother.
TPMS delete FTW!!
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Yup, $360 extra for a stupid sensor. No thanks, Id rather spend that on the tires.
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My dealership price was $280 for all four bands... you can re-use the sensors.... I said screw it and have been driving w/ the light on for a few days now...
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silly canadian
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My dealership price was $280 for all four bands... you can re-use the sensors.... I said screw it and have been driving w/ the light on for a few days now...
yeah the light doesnt bother me anymore.
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electrical tape on the gauge cluster always works well,lol, especially for pesky check engine lights.
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LMAO... I didn't even think of the fact you don't have 'em.... so that really doesn't affect 4WD huh? (in Chevy the TPMS error turns off 4WD)
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Thanks for the tip, it came off finally. I am aware of the TPMS, but I think Ill just leave it off. The flashing light on the dash wont be too much of a bother.
lol my friend has a f150 and he put biger tires on the stock wheels and that light cam on lol so i figured i would take the bulb out well on the new ones they are led there is no bulb but any how im glade warning lights dont drive you nuts
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LMAO... I didn't even think of the fact you don't have 'em.... so that really doesn't affect 4WD huh? (in Chevy the TPMS error turns off 4WD)
haha no there is absolutely no effect except the blinking light which stops after 2 minutes.
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electrical tape on the gauge cluster always works well,lol, especially for pesky check engine lights.
lol i did that to my 91.. taking the dash off an 08 is a little different though
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smash it with a hammer. that always works.
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That'll definately turn the dash light off.
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Thanks for the tip, it came off finally. I am aware of the TPMS, but I think Ill just leave it off. The flashing light on the dash wont be too much of a bother.
Just remember a shop CANNOT by federal law remove those sensors from a wheel with out replacing them. If you have a second set of rims they can mount them up for you.

If you want to remove them you can have them dismount the tires take the rims to the parking lot remove the sensors and then bring the rims back in. I know we've had at least one person do that where I work.

Oh and used police cars DO NOT have sensors, they remove them because of how fast cop cars go through tires. Just a useless fact but I thought you should know.
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Just remember a shop CANNOT by federal law remove those sensors from a wheel with out replacing them. If you have a second set of rims they can mount them up for you.

If you want to remove them you can have them dismount the tires take the rims to the parking lot remove the sensors and then bring the rims back in. I know we've had at least one person do that where I work.
Definately didn't have that problem here. I took the truck in, they looked at the sensors and said they couldn't re-use the bands so they mounted and balanced the new wheels/tires without sensors and those are now what I'm running. TPMS light and all.
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can't get the center cap off? lol. gotta be smarter than the center cap. lol. try getting them off a 15x10 wheel with a small backspace......it's a pain!!
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