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sethkestenbaum

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Interior panel/pillar removal
« on: 29 July 2018, 08:03 AM »
How does one remove the pillars that run up/down the windshield inside the car? I found the small screw that is removed on the lower part by the dash/door but can't seem to figure out how to remove the pillar without damaging it. I was hoping it was just a lift/twist, but haven't been able to figure it out and don't want to cause any damage. Thanks, Seth
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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #1 on: 29 July 2018, 09:03 AM »
okay, Had to go out and do it myself to see if I remembered correctly. Just to verify this is for the A-pillars.

Once you remove the plastic piece that runs up the door channel BE CAREFUL VERY FRAGILE and remove the one screw at the bottom of the A-pillar trim piece; then use your fingers to pull it evenly away from the windshield. Keep the panel flush, avoid pulling it towards the center of the car. It will slide out. There are two metal clips, one at top and one at bottom. It will take some force to get them to snap out. It is best done with your hands keeping the pressure evenly distributed so they pop out at the same time. The Trim piece is made with metal covered in foam. AVOID using shims or tools as it will likely cause PERMANENT impression in the trim.
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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #2 on: 29 July 2018, 03:20 PM »
The plastic trim that runs down to the floor was missing when I got the car (the PO did quite a job "maintaining" the car). I'll apply additional pressure and pull BACK and away from the windshield but not towards the center of the car.  It seems the piece may have been reinstalled improperly as there is a piece of metal that seems to stick out of the front of it.  Perhaps this is broken clip.
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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #3 on: 29 July 2018, 04:45 PM »
Upon further examination, it seems the only way to reinstall is to remove the headliner panel as well. A simple procedure (headliner will stay in place) The Chrome covers over the handles pop off faily easily with a small screwdriver or plastic scrapper and can be gently pushed up along the handles (can scratch and leave indents careful), then there are 4 10(i think)mm bolts per handle that need to be removed. Remove the reading light again pops out. Then the panel is slid towards the front of the car (there is a metal clip near the rear reading light).
To reinstall install the a-pillar first then the headliner panel

It may be easier to remove the headliner panel first then remove the a-pillar panel
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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #4 on: 06 August 2018, 07:43 PM »
I gave it a shot and wasn't able to remove the chrome around the handles on the ceiling of the car above the doors.  Are you certain that they "pop out" easily?  I am trying not to damage the panels.  Suggestions?

I WAS able to remove and put back in place a bunch of the exterior trim and a door panel interior... so that is something.
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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #5 on: 06 August 2018, 09:09 PM »
Those chrome pieces need to be pried out quite often. I usually lever with a flat blade screwdriver from the inside. They clip into a mounded plastic section on the end of the handle.

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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #6 on: 07 August 2018, 07:13 AM »
Those chrome pieces need to be pried out quite often. I usually lever with a flat blade screwdriver from the inside. They clip into a mounded plastic section on the end of the handle.

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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #7 on: 07 August 2018, 11:07 AM »
Dont pry on the chrome!

use a small screwdriver and pry the end of the vinyl away from the end (outer) of the chrome clip and pull towards you.  underneath you will then see the screws/bolts holding it on.

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Re: Interior panel/pillar removal
« Reply #8 on: 07 August 2018, 11:25 AM »
I've used a plastic prybar to pry away the vinyl from the chrome trim on the ends of the handles.

I've removed A-pillar panels before by removing the plastic trim underneath, removing the one screw at the bottom that the trim was concealing, and then carefully pulling the A-pillar panel down and backward while carefully monitoring the header panel and putting pressure on it so the metal tabs on the A-pillar panel don't tear the header panel. It takes small, careful movements back and forth until it comes out.

For installation, I put a slight bend in the tabs toward the header panel, angle it into the side of the header panel, and then slowly work it into place. The way the W116 interior panels are designed, it's very difficult to not break them.
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