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    I'm trying to remove the trim to access the lock mechanism. So far I've removed the plastic, push-in clips and the four visible Torx screws but although the edges of the trim are loose, it's still tightly attached in two place. One is in on the left side in the vicinity of the hand-hold and the other is in the corresponding position on the right.

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    My local Vx dealer has shown me how to remove this trim, but broke off a stud holder in doing so. Two white studs, which slot into holders bonded to the trim, are located each side. These are a tight, push-fit into holes in the bodywork and should ideally be removed with a special trim tool as the bonded holders are very flimsy. I removed the other studs using a large, long, flat-bladed screwdriver. Once these are removed the trim has to be lifted upwards as the hand-hold is slotted into the aperture.

    When I refit the trim I'll grease the studs with silicone grease.

    The attached photos should explain. (If I've loaded them correctly).


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    Quote Originally Posted by wafoo View Post
    My local Vx dealer has shown me how to remove this trim, but broke off a stud holder in doing so. Two white studs, which slot into holders bonded to the trim, are located each side. These are a tight, push-fit into holes in the bodywork and should ideally be removed with a special trim tool as the bonded holders are very flimsy. I removed the other studs using a large, long, flat-bladed screwdriver. Once these are removed the trim has to be lifted upwards as the hand-hold is slotted into the aperture.

    When I refit the trim I'll grease the studs with silicone grease.

    The attached photos should explain. (If I've loaded them correctly).

    The photos don't seemed to have worked. Here's another try.

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    just incase you havent removed it theres also a torx screw underneath the door handle you need to split the door handle to access it

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    Quote Originally Posted by boab View Post
    just incase you havent removed it theres also a torx screw underneath the door handle you need to split the door handle to access it
    Thanks boab; mine doesn't have this screw, they must have changed the design (mine's 2005). I've now refitted the trim but the broken part snapped off during doing it so I've left it inside. If it starts rattling I'll have do take it apart again but I really don't want to do that as the stud holders are so weak and fragile, the others will probably break.

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