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    Bent dust cap on rear hub

    In my haste to repack the hubs on some free wheels I received I bent the dustcaps which protect the bearings in the hub before I realized 1) what they were 2) How delicate they are and 3) that they were stuck in there pretty good.

    Thankfully they don't seem to be bent too badly and I could probably just go at them with a pair of needle nose pliers to straighten them out but I figured I'd come here and check if anyone had some tips on fixing dustcaps.

    Should I tear them out and try and replace them or bend them back into shape?
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    I'd avoid the pliers.

    If you do want to straighten them, try using a socket and hammer on a flat surface, preferably something that won't mar the cap. The socket can help getting them back in straight, but a soft-faced hammer works well too.
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    The socket and hammer approach sounds promising. They are still in the hubs. would I have to remove them to use the socket and hammer?
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    If they're already pressed in, the socket isn't likely to help. It's more something you do when repacking the hub.

    Removing the dustcaps often distorts them. I just reshape them with the socket and tap them back in. They're not a critical seal, just a shield.
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