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    Default Pillar pull out clip removal without damage?

    Im planning on dropping my headlining as ive got a new roof loom ( for my rear light and illuminated visors ) and also rear dimming mirror. My only worry is those horrible clips that hold the A,B,C pillars in place. No matter how i try i always chew them to bits getting the things to release. I tried for hours today on the donor car and had about 10 different plastic trim tools which either broke or just didnt have the umph to get them free. The only way was to use a screwdriver but it chewed up the corners.

    I dont mind on the donor car as its beings scraped but it will look awful in my car. is there a knack to getting them up and to release without damage?

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    you do know there are special tools to remove trim without damage? they are called trim removal tools... basically it is a set of little and bigger plastic levers.. use those if you can't just replace stuff with normal tools without damage... i removed the stuff from my C-pillar with normal tools without a problem... and no I'm not using a special way to remove the stuff.

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    The OP did mention that he was using trim removal tools.

    "had about 10 different plastic trim tools which either broke or just didnt have the umph to get them free"

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    Just use a blunt table knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northpole View Post
    you do know there are special tools to remove trim without damage? they are called trim removal tools... basically it is a set of little and bigger plastic levers.. use those if you can't just replace stuff with normal tools without damage... i removed the stuff from my C-pillar with normal tools without a problem... and no I'm not using a special way to remove the stuff.
    I do have a set, in fact several sets.

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    Oww I saw but you have plastic trim removal.tools that are just plastic.moulded.crap.amd than you have the professional stuff that is fibre reinforced...


    I just use normal screw drivers, flat heads with different sized heads... never broke a a clip and my car is already 17 years old the stuff is always hard to remove.

    Longstory short I never use those trim removal tools although I got a perfectly fine set to use... because although mine are fibre reinforced I can see them snapping in my hands... so I just use flathead screw drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northpole View Post
    Oww I saw but you have plastic trim removal.tools that are just plastic.moulded.crap.amd than you have the professional stuff that is fibre reinforced...


    I just use normal screw drivers, flat heads with different sized heads... never broke a a clip and my car is already 17 years old the stuff is always hard to remove.

    Longstory short I never use those trim removal tools although I got a perfectly fine set to use... because although mine are fibre reinforced I can see them snapping in my hands... so I just use flathead screw drivers.
    Ok

    I wasn't sure if there was a technique i.e instead of just pulling it out maybe levering at an angle or something.

    Vauxhall want 14 quid for a new one

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin32 View Post
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    Vauxhall want 14 quid for a new one
    If you have the part No, then Google it, or try eBay. I recently had to buy a new side panel for my drivers seat. £18 delivered from eBay, genuine part, brand new. Over double the price from Vauxhall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    If you have the part No, then Google it, or try eBay. I recently had to buy a new side panel for my drivers seat. £18 delivered from eBay, genuine part, brand new. Over double the price from Vauxhall.
    That was Ebay price for new. Looked at second hand ones but they are all chewed up around the edges

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    never need tools for the vectra. A pillars can come out with a little force or dislodge the clip enough to get under it without any effort, same for the B and C pillars
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