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Cadillac Escalade ESV Wheel Center Caps

Owning a Cadillac Escalade ESV means keeping your vehicle functioning at its best and looking its best. Cadillac Escalade wheel center caps help with both of these goals. If you are replacing your ESV wheel center caps, be sure to choose the right ones for your vehicle.

What are wheel center caps?

Center caps are classified as a type of hubcap. As durable yet decorative discs that are placed over the middle of your Cadillac Escalade ESV's wheel and sometimes over the lug nuts, they serve to protect your brakes and bearings from dirt, debris, and some moisture. In addition, they can hide the lug nuts from plain view to increase the visual appeal of your SUV.

What materials are center caps made from?

The wheel caps for your Escalade ESV can be made of either plastic or metal. Each material has its own benefits depending on your individual preferences.

  • Metal: Usually, metal caps are attached and held in place with the lug nuts or by screws. Metal center caps are durable and heavy. Due to their increased weight, they can provide more control in certain road conditions.
  • Plastic: Plastic caps snap into place with spring-loaded clips. Plastic is lightweight and can help increase fuel efficiency. Center caps that are plastic are generally simple to install.
What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket?

When shopping for center covers or caps, you will have a choice between original equipment manufacturer, known as OEM, or aftermarket. OEM parts are made by the brand of the car maker or a subsidiary while aftermarket refers to any other brand. There are benefits to either option. However, if you want the Cadillac icon on your center caps, you will need to choose OEM parts.

How do you clean wheel center caps?

In general, you do not need to remove your Escalade's center caps in order to clean them. You should clean them every time you wash your Cadillac Escalade ESV. You can wash them with regular car washing soap or detergent. You can simply use a sponge or a rag. For stuck-on dirt and grime, it can be helpful to use a brush, warm water, and a high-pressure spray nozzle. Once they are clean, you should dry them with a microfiber cloth. You also have the option to wax them when you are done.

Do you need special tools to install center caps?

The only tools you might need to remove or install the center caps on your Escalade ESV are a screwdriver and a lug wrench. The screwdriver can be used to help pop off the plastic center caps while you will need the lug wrench to remove the lug nuts.