i think i have all the bolts removed, how much pressure do i need to safely pull this sucker out, and what about the rubber connector that is hooking the fender to a small metal runner going up the side of the windshield? thanks soooo much
It got really cold really quick here...pry that circular plastic rivet out with a flat head screw driver.
Look in the inner fender under where the wheel sits, see if there are any other screws. There is one at the rear where the plastic inner fender bolts to what I think is the outer fender (what you're trying to remove). I can't see underneath my car as I only have the street light I parked under.
Hopefully someone else chimes in as I can't remember if you have to remove that lower cladding piece. I really doubt you do.
well that solved the problem of the runner on the windshield, but it still feels like the fender is connected to something. could there perhaps be more bolts under the plastic piece that separates the fender from the wheel thing? (sorry about girl language) i tried to take the fender off but i picked up the wheel off the ground! it has to still be connected somewhere
i really really appreciate this, i ran into a basketball hoop in my boyfriends car and thats how i got this lovely dent, but were trying to bang it out (2 twenty year olds taking apart a car) thank you so much for your help, i couldnt afford taking it in to a repair shop THANK YOU!
Alright, remove the plastic trim that runs the length of the car. There's a series of 8mm bolts that fasten it to the floor pan underneath.
There are a total of 3 bolts for the fender that are removed by opening the door. If removing the long trim piece does not reveal all the bolts, then the last resort is to remove that lower cladding piece.
There is a trick to removing the cladding. You have to pull forward or backward; a forum search may uncover the answer. Logically though, for that piece you would pull forwards (it's got no clearance to go any other way other than down).
I'm 20 as well; there's nothing wrong with the right 20 year old taking apart a car:thumbsup: You'll do fine.
As far as dent removal goes, grace and patience are the success factors here. Do not try to remove it with one foul whack, do it with a broad faced body hammer and gently hit it in circles around the dent. Progressively increase your force if no results are seen, but start lightly.
There are 2 10mm bolts under the molding, that will need to come off. If you pull the bottom molding out from the bottom and then slide it down towards the ground it will come off. there are 8mm screws that hold the rocker molding on (the long molding)pull from under the car outwards and it will come off, be carefull as the plastic clips like to snap.
There are 2 moldings, one is on the fender, its the small one, the other is the one that goes from the front wheelwell all the way back to the rear wheelwell, you do not need to remove the long one completely, just the 2 8mm screws at the very front. the molding on the fender will just pop off, grab it at the bottom and pull gently outwards, when the clips release you will know it, then gently slide the molding towards the ground and it will cime off. scratch the cookies I want a pumpkin pie.
Ok, The red writing shows the bolts you need to remove. The yellow shows the molding you need to remove, pull out on the very bottom of that molding, and when the clips let loose just slide the molding towards the ground. The green writing shows the rocker molding, only the first 2 or so screws will need to be removed at the front so the the fender will be free from it.
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