Need Help: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Hubcaps

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  1. brian pontious

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    Hi everyone,

    My girlfriend's aunt died and she left her Prius prime to my girlfriend. I'm trying to help my girlfriend get this thing cleaned up.

    This is my current problem: Her hubcaps.

    She has one critically cracked hubcap and the rest are ok although I would prefer to replace them.

    I've spent 3hrs trying to find a reasonable solution to this and I need some help.

    1. I tried looking for factory hub caps and they cost between $60-100 per hubcap. Does anyone know where I can find an affordable one?

    2. I tried looking for Toyota aftermarket (I guess non-genuine hubcaps?) covers and I could only find one place that had them for $50 and they were out of stock. Anyone know where I can find an affordable one?

    3. I found several Prius hubcaps selling on ebay but none of the sellers can guarantee that they will fit our car. Can anyone confirm if Prius hubcaps will fit the Prius Prime? I don't care if they look different, only that they fit.

    4. I thought about just taking the covers off but the wheels look pretty basic. If I were to do that, I would need center caps which I can only find for $60 and I''m not even sure they would fit. Does anyone know of affordable center caps that would fit?

    5. General aftermarket hubcaps are not an option as her car is completely stock and they would look goofy.
    Thanks in advance for your help
     

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    Try the private sales section on this site. I have seen Prime wheel covers on there, although they were in sets of four.
     
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    eBay has 57 mm center caps with the Toyota logo for around $18/set. Check that the diameter is correct for your wheels.
     
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    The jaw dimensions are critical too. For example going from third to fourth gen, I believe the rim's bore is the same, but the internal groove (which the centre cap jaws lock into) has been shifted. If you put gen 3 centre caps on a gen 4 rim, they'll fit the bore but won't lock in place.
     
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    Many Prime owners here hate the OEM wheel cover and removed them as soon as the car was purchased. I am sure you can do that also. Or else, I am sure there are many who would sell their wheel covers. Just ask on WTB.
     
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    The centre cap's good to swap in, if you remove the cover. Maybe even better than the full cover. Left exposed the road salt will turn hubs into rusty mess.
     
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    I am not sure what you mean. The cover is plastic and the wheels are aluminum. What exactly turns into a rusty mess?
     
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    What the wheel pushes onto. Drive through a salted-road winter or two and the zone exposed by the open hub rusts to doodoo.
     
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    This...


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    and this...

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    And similar on the rear. Though the front, being a significant nut on drive shaft, is more than just unsightly.
     
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    Added a photo though not showing the hub very well. Yeah, those rust on the hub on my PP is with the wheel cover in place through two winters in NE salted roads. They are rusty. I am not sure how well they might have been protected if I removed the wheel cover and used the center hub cap only.
     
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    I think the centre caps are at least as effective, maybe more so. The covers stand off from the wheel slightly, at centre? I wonder if the caps would fit under the covers??
     
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    Brian, I have a set -like new from my 2020 prime- cost would be $140 plus shipping-about $25 to ship i believe so say $165 total for set of 4. [email protected]
     
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    Yap, there is a space between the center hub and the wheel cover. I never thought of placing a center cap under the wheel cover, but I may have to investigate that idea. Thanks.
     
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    Center caps are always a good idea, with or without hupcaps...

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Other than the latch area of the hatch, is that the only rust prone area of the car? I am sure the hub is not the only piece of steel under the car. I remember frame issues on Tacomas and 4Runners, particularly those used in the NE U.S. and Canada.
     
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    Not sure about 4th gen, but with our 3rd gen I found the suspension framing, and the bolts/screws/nuts and what have you, the rust comes fast and unimpeded by what looks to be a token, single coat of gloss black, mainly cosmetic, to impress buyers in the showroom. I've brushed on boiled linseed oil and found it very effective. Pro-level, Fluid Film is supposed to be good.

    Here's our front hubs after 3~4 winters (west coast, mild climate):

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    (Corolla steel rims installed with snow tires.)
     
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    If you live in the snow belt, any and every metal parts that can come in contact with road salt will be prone to rust, IMHO. That being said, most of the rust does not cause mechanical or structural problem for a long time. In my area of heavily salted roads, I give 10 years for problem free operation but most of unprotected components of cars are rusted by then.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Other than the latch area of the hatch, is that the only rust prone area of the car? I am sure the hub is not the only piece of steel under the car. I remember frame issues on Tacomas and 4Runners, particularly those used in the NE U.S. and Canada.
    I have to say that is a matter of opinion. I think they look like plastic wheel covers.
     
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