In addition to recent Service
Bulletins on this subject, in order to simplify the
fitting of wire wheels to hub adaptors, it has been
decided that grease can and should be
liberally applied to all tapers, splines and screw
threads on both the wire wheels and adaptors alike.
The following procedure must be adopted each
time wheels are removed and refitted and careful
attention always given to this at all predelivery,
1,000 mile inspections and routine service
1. Check that the splines on the hub adaptors
and in the wheels are clean and free from foreign
2. Insure that the adaptor taper, hub nut and
matting wheel hub tapers are clean.
3. Grease all tapers, splines and screw
threads liberally with special PBC grease. Stocks
of this PBC grease in the form of 1 oz. tubes part
number V 640 are available through our Spares
4. Slide the wheel on to the adaptor and pushing
against the wheel hub center to maintain concentric
location, simultaneously screw on the retaining nut
by hand until the wheel is felt to seat on the
Restraining the wheel with one hand, continue
tightening by striking the ears of the nut with a
soft faced hammer or on later cars, tighten wheel
nut with special wrench included with tool kit.
Lower the wheel to the ground and finally tighten.
Failure to observe these precautions can result
in the tapered faces binding causing premature
tightening of the nut against the wheel outer taper
and failure to clamp the wheel against the adaptor
taper. Such condition would prevent the wheel from
seating correctly and lead to damaged splines.
Truing Wire Wheels
This page tells how to make sure your wire
wheels are true.