Wondering what others think may be the cause of this. While driving on an extended trip, I happened upon an all too familiar sight in the road this time of year and sadly placed my driver's side front tire squarely into it. Having little warning at 55 mph at the end of a bridge trestle, there it was, a three foot diameter eight inch deep pothole. Dang it!
No sooner did I drive through it, than I see this shiny spinning object flying away from the van. Hey, that's my hub cap!!!
So I turned around and stopped by the road-side where I estimated it may have landed - assuming it didn't bounce over the gaurd rail, down the river bank, and into the drink. Found it. A bit scratched up, but still in working order and I popped it back on the wheel.
So me thinks my last tire rotation included a defective hub cap reinstallation. Can't proove it. Don't have enough experience with these things. However, I can't get that hub cap off without a prying tool. My hunch is the mechanic did not get it on square and a couple clips didn't make it into their slots. Any advise from the more experienced tire rotators out there? Should I look over their work more closely in the future?