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I have a 1989 corvette convertible with factory wheels. Car

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I have a 1989 corvette convertible with factory wheels. Car was stored under cover outside for 9 months in Florida
I cannot remove center cap on all of the wheels to access lug nuts. I can and did remove wheel locks using factory tool. I have tried using penetrating oil with no success and have checked with corvette parts suppliers with no success and corvette forums
Any ideas to help me ?
Thank you *****
Vero Beach / Gainesville Fl ***@******.***
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 1 year ago.

Is the bolt holding the center cap on the problem? Is it stripped out or just not moving?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have removed all 4 locking center cap bolts as previously stated using factory tool. None are stripped or cross threaded
Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 1 year ago.

But now the cap itself doesn't come off? There shouldn't be anything to hold it, unless the aluminum has oxidized and swollen and is holding it on. I would try hitting it with a rubber mallet to jolt the corrosion loose and they should fall off. If not, the caps are readily available so I wouldn't worry too much about damaging them, better the caps than the wheel.