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Old 08-24-2008, 04:49 PM
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Removal of Side Plastic Trim on Seats

I was wondering how to neatly remove the plastic cover on the side of the seats on my 1983 300D. I'm talking about the hard plastic trim where the seat cushion and backrest meet on either side. I know there's a sort of male/female fitting that clips it into place, but I don't want to just "manhandle" it and jam something in there to pop it out and possibly snap the retaining clips. What's the proper way to do this?

As always, thanks for the advice.

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Old 08-24-2008, 05:26 PM
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If you pull from the outside edge, it will likely break.
There is probably a better tool, but I use a slightly curved pry bar and insert that under the cover to a point as close to the connection point as possible and apply pressure to the connection. I've had one break out of maybe 50 successful removals.
At this age, the plastic is pretty brittle and you might want to go to the local PNP and secure a back up just in case - also a good way to practice. I have extras in tan (Palamino) if someone needs them.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:09 AM
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If the seat is out, you can reach behind to the clip and push to help it pop out.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:42 AM
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Thank you all for your help. I think I've got just the tool. Hazet makes a prong-tipped bar for door panel removal. It has a slight curve in it for leverage, so I'm going to try that. I'll use the pronged part around the hole with that brittle plastic clip stuck in it.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:26 PM
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It`s a crap shoot if you can get them off w/o breaking the plastic. It`s been 50/50 for me. sometimes I can get behind the hole where they snap in and help push out. but like said above, It`s old brittle plastic.

some of it might be available from the dealer. was 4 yrs ago or so. bought some new pieces from the dealer and wasn`t toooo bad for price.

PNP is the best bet, good place to practice on first. there are a ton of the stuff getting crushed every month.


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