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Old 01-15-2005, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Removing plastic snaps for car under cover

I was going to do a coolant flush and was trying to remove the under cover for the car. There were 3 bolts and a ~5 plastic snaps. I thought the snaps had to be wedged out with a flat head screwdriver, but didn't seem to be budging. Can anyone tell me how they're supposed to be removed? I didn't want to break any so maybe I was just not rough enough.
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Old 01-15-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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Use a small screwdriver to pop out the center part of the clip, once it pops up you will be able to pull the clip out.
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Old 01-15-2005, 06:55 PM   #3
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Plastic snaps are the devil!

Technical removal:
Lightly get a start pulling out the center tab with a flat tip screwdriver.
Fully remove the center tab with a trim removal tool. a trim removal tool is a screwdriver with a U shaped head. These come in various sizes and they are handy to have on hand for various tabs and interior trip pieces. A set at www.harborfreight.com is cheap and this is one tool that can/should be bought on the ghetto tip as you really can't front with a bling, bling trim removal tool.
Once the center is out, you can remove the outer portion.

How you really remove them:
This isn't a perfect world, so grab some channel locks and bust hell out of the plastic connector and heave the offending thing as hard as you can. Smite it until shatters cussing all the while. Replace with zip tie, leave as is, or get a new one to replace it with.
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Old 01-15-2005, 07:12 PM   #4
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So the FAQ master doesn't have any patience with plastic clips eh?
I don't have that much trouble with 'em, as long as you take your time and use the proper tools (or at least something that you know does the job) they should come out fairly easily and in one piece. I find it sometimes helps to use two little screwdrivers from opposite sides to pop the center up evenly, and the center doesn't actually have to come all the way out although it sometimes does. As long as it comes out partway the clip is released.
It is a good idea to have some spares on hand though. No matter how careful you are it's inevitable that a couple will break. They are basically designed for one-time use after all, we are just cheating by re-using them.
My problem with using zip-ties to replace them, other than in an emergency to hold things together, is that next time you remove the part the zip-ties have to be cut and replaced with either a new clip or another tie.
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Old 01-16-2005, 10:44 AM   #5
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When I pulled the linkage for my wiper assembly I managed to save 3 out of the 10 plastic fasteners that hold the shroud/cowl. I got the first 3 out, then broke the last 7 by just wedging my trim tool between them and prying up.

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