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Push-in clip help on front bumper

Posted by Ruie, Feb 17, 2012

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  1. Ruie

    Ruie Proven Member

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    I have tried to find a thread or a video and neither have worked. This is the dumbest question ever. I had an acura rsx before and the push-in clips were easy to pop off. Now i need to replace my front bumper and am going to remove the one off my car. The plastic clips in the wheel wells wont do anything. I tried pushing the middle in, pulling it out, screwing it, everything. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. genegoesfast

    genegoesfast Proven Member

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    Wedge the head of a smal flathead under the screw portion and pry upwards while unscrewing.
     

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  3. iugrad92turbo

    iugrad92turbo Proven Member

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    There is no video, just do the best you can.
     

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  4. Jeff90Z99GST2G

    Jeff90Z99GST2G Probationary Member

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    If you want to reuse the clips try using a flat head screwdriver and put tension on the outer part of the clip. When you are trying to unscrew the inner part of the clip don't push in very gently unscrew the screw head. If that dose not work you can always slide a pair of dykes under the head of the clip and cut it off but you have to get new ones. I would recommend going to your local body shop and ask them for some clips if they are nice and all about customer service they should give them to you for free.
     

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  5. estoyaqui30

    estoyaqui30 Proven Member

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    They are not really meant to screw out. To remove them, turn with a screwdriver, but DON'T push in on the screwdriver. Once you get them to come out enough to get a small screwdriver under the head, then pry the screw out until the whole fastener will pull out. I just replaced my inner fender liners and they came with new ones. They are the same when new, to put them back, just put them back in and then push the screw in.
     
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  6. miguelmcv

    miguelmcv Proven Member

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    There are some of them that you can see them from the other side (back of the clips), If you are able to see them, Just push the middle side with a small flat screw driver and they pop out.

    Hope it helps.
     

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  7. Anubis_4_99

    Anubis_4_99 Proven Member

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    I always just cut them and buy new ones at the parts store. $3 is well worth not having to deal with the headache of getting some stupid clip to cooperate.
     
  8. Black Widow97

    Black Widow97 Proven Member

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    Just break the three fingers on the backside of the clip and push the screw part out through the front.
     

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