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Slartibartfast:
Look up "[your car] hubcap" on eBay - looks like there are several on there in the $10-$30 range.

squeakers:

--- Quote from: Betelnut on September 27, 2013, 08:32:27 PM ---Another dumb, dumb question:  One of my car's hubcaps got dented and ripped off yesterday.  I'm reluctant to put the dented/twisted one back on as I'm afraid it will rip the tire.

1.  There's no reason I can't simply drive without a hubcap, right?
2.  Can I buy a new hubcap just from an auto part store, like AutoZone?

Thanks.

--- End quote ---

Hubcaps do help keep salt off your inner wheel parts... rusty lugnuts are no fun. 

Plus on the off-chance a lugnut falls off... you will hear it rattling around vs it just flying off into the wild.  Then it will be forced to compete with road alligators (blown tire bits), that one shoe laying by the roadside and that half-filled garbage bag you just saw laying on the side of the road which now has Stephen King book plots running through your head. Think of the lugnuts!

 >:D

Betelnut:
Thanks everyone for the hubcap answers.  I figured that they were primarily for aesthetics but just wanted to check.

I will probably replace the one that got semi-ruined since (I think) it looks kind of trashy to not have a hubcap.  I've looked at more hubcaps (while driving around) in the last couple of days than I have in my entire life!  I don't want to spend a lot of money--the current bent hubcap seems to be heavy duty plastic so hopefully it will be cheap to replace.  (Nissan hubcap.)

I am amazed that people would spend $$$$$$ for something like that but mileage varies on what is important!

magicdomino:

--- Quote from: Liliane on September 27, 2013, 03:36:01 PM ---
I do know I need to get a new flapper eventually, installing it is just going to be the interesting part...I haven't the slightest idea how and the one person in this household who does rarely has any free time. :-\

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Flappers are about the easiest thing on a toilet to change*.  You don't even need tools. 

1.  Go to store and buy a flapper.  Last I looked they were about $5.  Avoid black rubber, as they tend to get black slime stuff.  Still works fine, it's just disgusting when you change it again.

2.  Remove top from toilet tank.

3.  (optional)  Turn off water at valve under toilet.  To be honest, I just let the water run, since this is a pretty quick fix.

4.  Flush toilet to empty tank. 

5.  Remove old flapper.  It has been a while, but I seem to recall it was held on by side loops.

6.  Detach chain from old flapper.

7.  Attach chain to new flapper.

8.  Loop the loops over the loop holders.

9.  (Turn water back on if you turned it off.)  Test flushing a couple of times to make sure the chain is pulling up the flapper properly.

*This is assuming that you don't have a really fancy or unusual toilet.  I have no idea how to change the flapper on a Toto with all the accessories.  I'm not even sure if Toto toilets have flappers.

Liliane:
Well, this is extremely embarrassing really, but...

I know I'm probably capable of actually doing it, but every time I even remove the lid from the tank - even if I'm not doing anything - I start having anxiety attacks. It took me a good fifteen minutes to even be able to put my hand in there for a manual reseat, and I had to go curl up in bed and just try to breathe for an hour or so afterwards because I was panicking so much. It's completely irrational, I know, and it drives me nuts...

I did get a chance to prove the concussive maintenance theory today though. I have a freestanding metal shelf that currently lives on the tank, and when the toilet started running again, I just picked up the shelf and put it back down. It did in fact jar things back into place with a very satisfying gurgle. :)

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