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Old 04-05-2005, 12:30 AM
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Removing W201/190E Hoodstar

Simple question to some but unsure myself but anyone have a idea on how to remove the hoodstar on a w201/190E 1992? Thanks
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:03 AM
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You can plan on buying a new one. These things don't like to be removed.
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:54 AM
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Thanks .. but i already have got a new one (its a speical kind of hoodstar) and need to know how to remove the old one but i would refer not to break the old one. Any ideas .. cheers
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:52 AM
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Pliers, cursing, hacksaws, tin snips, etc etc etc. I've never seen anybody pop an original hoodstar out perfectly. It's probably possible, but only with finesse.
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Old 04-05-2005, 02:10 PM
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The hood star is held in place with a snap ring and can be removed, without damage, with a good grip and a pair of pliers.
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:33 PM
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I removed my hoodstar a little while ago. I took off my whole grill assembly first. You will need pliers and patience. There is a cotter pin that holds the spring-loaded hoodstar in place. Once the cotter pin comes out, you're home free. Getting the cotter pin back in is a pain. I forgot how I did it, but you will need to jimmy it around a bunch.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:42 PM
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If you remove the grill be sure to align it back on correctly...

serves as great oppurtunity to really clean and polish the grill.

Might even want to paint the "egg crate" greyish grill black.

If you do it while the grill is in place, put a towel over the radiator area in case your pliers slip off the hook. You do not want to smash you hand on the hood latch!
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:03 AM
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Than you for all the replies. I will get back to you on my outcome , Thanks again
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