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    Default How to remove the tailgate trim ???

    Hi, I need to get to the rear wiper motor on my C hatch but I can't get the trim panel off. I've removed the 4 push rivets along the bottom edge and I've removed the 2 torx screws along the top edge but it is stuck solid. Pulling down the bottom of the trim as far as I can and peering in with a torch I can see a white clip thingy on each side about a 100mm up, but it looks like you need to pull the trim panel towards the centre to disengage them, but it won't budge enough to do that. It's clear there are also other fixings I can't see.

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    Unfortunately my car has just dissappeared off of the drive (gone for service) so I'll try and do this by memory. It's the first time I've seen my car moving without me in it, a bit like an out of body experience

    So far you have taken the little studs off of the bottom of the fibre trim and the torx screws from the top plastic trim. Do you have the umberella brackets on the fibre trim?? Each plastic bracket has two plastic pins which need to be removed as these affix the brackets to the metal work of the tailgate behind the fibre trim. The white fixing studs at either side of the fibre trim need to be released. Once this has been done the fibre trim needs to be pushed up toward the top of the tailgate to release it fully and with a bit of luck should come away.

    I've found the white plastic studs at each bottom corner of the trim have a tendancy to break off, I've reglued mine with a hot glue gun.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nidge View Post
    Unfortunately my car has just dissappeared off of the drive (gone for service) so I'll try and do this by memory. It's the first time I've seen my car moving without me in it, a bit like an out of body experience

    So far you have taken the little studs off of the bottom of the fibre trim and the torx screws from the top plastic trim. Do you have the umberella brackets on the fibre trim?? Each plastic bracket has two plastic pins which need to be removed as these affix the brackets to the metal work of the tailgate behind the fibre trim. The white fixing studs at either side of the fibre trim need to be released. Once this has been done the fibre trim needs to be pushed up toward the top of the tailgate to release it fully and with a bit of luck should come away.

    I've found the white plastic studs at each bottom corner of the trim have a tendancy to break off, I've reglued mine with a hot glue gun.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards

    Nidge
    Nidge, I can't find the umbrella brackets with two pins you refer to I'm afraid, I've just removed what's visible, that's the two torx screws up near the top edge of the trim, and the 4 plastic push-in rivets along the bottom edge.

    If I pull up the bottom edge of the trim and peer through the small gap between the trim and the metalwork I can see a plastic bracket on each side of the tailgate, about 100mm up from the bottom edge. The part fixed to the metalwork is like a small cube with a slot in the face that is towards the trim. The part fixed to the trim is like an inverted mushroom and the head of the mushroom slides into the slot on the cube. The slot is facing inwards, meaning I need to push the side edges of the trim towards the lock to disengage the mushrooms. But there is no movement in the trim to do this as it still appears to be fixed solid with some unseen fasteners further up the sides of the trim.

    I'm wondering if there's a screw or clip hidden behind the pull down 'handle' but I can't see how to get that off either

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    Is the trim that runs down the side of the back window free at the bottom?

    IIRC you've got some plastic "snap rivits under the trim. A good tug is all you need now to release them.

    However to be sure I'll pop out and have a look.

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    Right phot to follow!!!!

    There are:

    4 pop rivets on the base of the trim near the boot catch.

    2 torx screws either side of the wiper axle (roughly).

    At the base of the window trim is a thumb size round cap. Pop it off and it will reveal two more torx screws.

    Then a good tug and Bobs ya Aunty!

    I just took a photo with the phone. I will add it when it comes through to the PC.

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    Here:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post
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    Thanks a lot I'll check it out later, think I missed the two hidden torx, I had assumed the tailgate trim just pulled out from under the window trims..doh!

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    No worries, I had to use Mark for guidance first time I did this myself.

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