328: Wheel caps disappeared!

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Gatorrari, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Feb 27, 2004
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    Jim Pernikoff
    When I bought my 328 several months ago, I noticed that the wheel center caps were all cracked, two rather badly.

    I bought a replacement set on eBay that were supposedly OEM from Italy, and aside from the fact that they were flat rather than crowned, they seemed like a good match for the originals.

    When I installed them (with the O-rings taken off the old caps), the only difference seemed to be that the plastic was a bit softer than the old ones, but the fit tolerances seemed similar.

    Well, on my first drive, I stopped along the way to get some keys duplicated, and upon leaving the car, I noticed that 2 of the new caps were missing! When I checked the other 2, one was still good and tight, but the other was very loose, so I removed it and put it in the car. (Fortunately, I still had the old set, so temporarily I put them back on, though minus 2 of the O-rings.)

    I should point out that at no time when outside the garage was I out of sight of the car, so the caps were not stolen, they just fell off.

    Considering they seemed tight enough when I put them on, what happened here? Is it possible the caps are shrinking (or the wheels expanding) in normal driving? Anyone have any bright ideas?
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  3. Doc

    Doc Formula Junior

    Sep 13, 2001
    Latham, New York
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    Bill Van Dyne
    Maybe they weren't really OEM (?)
  4. jr328gtb

    jr328gtb Karting

    May 10, 2003
    New Jersey
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    John Roberts
    you can get another set from Ferrari UK for a pretty fair price..i forget how much , but it was reasonable..and it probably really is OEM
  5. 328Matt

    328Matt Karting

    Dec 3, 2003
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    I bought some from ferrari uk 6 months ago-cost £92
  6. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Sep 25, 2002
    Are those flat ones fakes? I was told they were OEM as well. Heh. I just got a set as a spare.
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