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Old 04-02-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Trunk applique - I can't get it off.

I'm still trying to fix my trunk leaks. I can tell by the water spots on the inside of the
trunk lid that the applique is leaking. I'm trying to remove it and reseal it, but I can't get
it off. I have the six screws removed and any silicone around these screws is popped loose, but it won't come off.

It will move just a little bit, maybe a few millimeters.

Is there something I'm missing. I don't want to break it, but it is stuck good.

I'm not sure how the lock mechanism is attached, but I can't even get the sides to
come loose, so it'* not the key mechanism. It appears that the inner most two
screws hold the key mechansim to the applique, but not the applique to the trunk lid.
That would leave just four screws.????

Frustrated and need help.
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there are 2 clips that hold it on up top

use 1 or 2 large screwdrivers to pry the clips loose... its hard work, you feel like you are going to break it.

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do you take these pictures on the spot? your so helpful ha
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I have an amazing memory of all the pictures that I take. I usually find them with a BC search.

Here is how the FSM says to do it.
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Pry gently between the rear compartment lid and the applique with a flat bladed tool, in order to release the applique from the lid
Not a bad idea to put a towel between your screwdriver and the paint

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Hm, haro is lucky. 1 tab on each of my clips broke. Got spare clips?

Just take your time and don't over stress 1 side.
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the tabs don't really do anything but **** you off. the 4 bolts are what really hold the piece on.
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Thanks.

Prying is always scary. Hope I don't break a clip like my doors.
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do you take these pictures on the spot? your so helpful ha
gonzo please try and be helpful when posting in mechanical sections and keep the chit chat to the lounge.
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C'mon !!!!!!!!!

This darn thing is insane. Something'* really gonna break, either the clips or the applique.

The lid is now scratched from my big ole screwdriver which disintegrated the towel.
Then it disintegrated a wood wedge and scratched it some more. That'* how much
pressure I'm applying.

I can see the clips, just barely, through an access hole about six inches away, and they won't budge. Maybe I can get some grease on them or something.

Any ideas??
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try using 2 screw drivers.. one to hold the piece, and the other to direct pressure near the clip.
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