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I noticed that the wheel on a 2017 VW Passat Redline has black caps covering the lug nuts. VW actually gives you a tool to pry the covers off to gain access to them.

This seems strange to me. In my opinion, cosmetically, the caps do nothing for the wheel. Does any other manufacturer do this?

 

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This first vehicle I recall that had plastic slip-on lug nut covers was the '80 Ford Escort.

My mom's Buick had a garbage truck (the version that picks up dumpsters that businesses use) - roll back when the driver got out to move a dumpster and crush the a-pillar. Parking brake didn't hold on the truck...

Anyway, the Escort was a new model that year and that was one of the things I remember. They were black plastic on that car.

My Pontiac Fiero had lug nut covers that threaded over the lug nuts as well - they were cadmium plated lugs with open ends, so the covers concealed the open lug.
 

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GM uses them on a lot of different vehicles. The stock lug wrench is used to remove them.
 

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Audi is the same, but they are not black they are usually grey. Its to prevent people from stealing your wheels and keeping the lugs clean.
 

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All of the Corvette's I owned except for my C3, all had plastic covers over cheap arse lug nuts. Hyundai gives you solid steel, chromed lug nuts... *shrugs* :)
 
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