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Removing paneling on A-Pillar Help...

I am trying to remove the A-Pillar on both sides. I have a picture, which shows the sequence in which to remove it. Picture page AR68.30-P-4050GH,
however, I removed the black molding and removed the clip number three in the picture, and I can not remove the pillar. I found this nice thread on the pillars, however I have tried to remove them and they will not buckle. I do not want to break anything. What is underneath the fabric, plastic.

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I had this problem a few years back. I recall that just like you, I got hung up at the last clip at the top of the trim and didn't want to pull too hard out of fear that I'd break something. If my memory serves me correctly, the metal clip that connects the trim piece to the metal body is shaped in such a way that it resists breaking so long as you pull the part directly away from the pillar. The metal spring clip had a mushroom shaped compression tip that inserted or popped/clipped into a flat metal slot on the A pillar. I remember thinking that I just wasn't pulling hard enough out of fear when you really can apply quite a bit of force without breaking anything. If you pull the trim away from the pillar enough to get your fingers behind it, feel around for the clip. When you get an idea of how it's positioned/located, use the slot that it's inserted into as your focal point and pull the entire trim in a perpendicular direction from the sheet metal pillar (and the slot itself). That motion should allow the mushroom tip to compress as you pull it through and thus release the whole plastic trim piece from the top end first.

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Don't be scared to put a little muscle into it is what I recall.


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Thank you, I will try it again tonight for sure...

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Yup...pulled and installed these several times...just sack up and pull lol

When you reinstall...put the metal clips on...and try to get the inner side in before th outer side. When you are installing...youll see what I mean.

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Will do, thank you... So I have to pull away or pull up, or both?

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One clip is in the side...the other in the bottom. I personall grab the peice closest to the door and pull straight down...then slightly twist sideways and pull from the center of the vehicle toward you...just be careful...it is only plastic. Use FIRM pull...not excessive force - hopefully that makes sense.

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Perfect sense. Thank you !

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One clip is in the side...the other in the bottom. I personall grab the peice closest to the door and pull straight down...then slightly twist sideways and pull from the center of the vehicle toward you...just be careful...it is only plastic. Use FIRM pull...not excessive force - hopefully that makes sense.
I took them out, it is hard to break something while trying to take them out. They are hard plastic and very flexible. Thanks for your help !

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I did Alcantara...people stop and look all the time when the windows are down...touch to see what the "fabric" is.

My next mod is having my fiancé's mother embroider the MB Logo down the pillar. Hard to find pics...but I WILL get it done.

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