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Removing Grille and clips


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090702 posted 10/22/12 01:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Is there a trick or something? I just don't get it, no matter what I try I always break a tab or clip when removing a Galant grille from the car. Remove the retainer clips from grill is also a pain in the ass. I been using long needle nose pliers , what I'm doing wrong?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090710 posted 10/22/12 02:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used a long skinny flat head when removing mine for the first time, worked great didn't break anything.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090752 posted 10/22/12 06:07 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I found one of those in my engine bay when I bought the car, it's come in handy.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090753 posted 10/22/12 06:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
And I'm with 1633 on this one, flathead does the trick.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090813 posted 10/23/12 06:41 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I use a similar needle nose pliers like in the OP.

However, mine are bent at the end and curved for removing vaccum hoses.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1090817 posted 10/23/12 07:51 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Look at the grill from the front and locate the clips. Take a long flat head screwdriver as mentioned and push down on the tabs while pulling on the grill a little. Work from one side of the grill to the other.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1225785 posted 03/21/16 04:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Anyone having trouble installing them back in?

I ordered new clips off the internet and they wouldn't seat in the grill, so I had to trim a tiny bit from each "anchor" on the clip - got each of them to snap into the grill perfectly, but now they won't snap into the core support??

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1225788 posted 03/21/16 06:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
If things are straight where the tabs hold the grille in place, then finger pressure should be all you need to manipulate the tab to the side, and like the others said, work from one side to the other, going top to bottom.

I used to use pliers and stuff and then realized I broken most of the retainers. Now I stock up on spares just in case. Someday it will become that "NLA" item we all dread seeing.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1226166 posted 03/31/16 06:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm still having no luck with these "aftermarket" clips. They look like the stock ones but someone obviously got the mold wrong. Got them from clipsandfasteners.com or somewhere. They'll clip into the core support, but then you can tug them right back out, they don't hold at all.

Guess i have to source some OEM ones...



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1226175 posted 03/31/16 09:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
In my experience some clips work and some don't. I just kept trying different clips until all of them locked into place. I had a whole bunch to choose from at my job so it was convenient.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1226195 posted 04/01/16 08:11 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Quoting 383mazda:

I'm still having no luck with these "aftermarket" clips. They look like the stock ones but someone obviously got the mold wrong. Got them from clipsandfasteners.com or somewhere. They'll clip into the core support, but then you can tug them right back out, they don't hold at all.

Guess i have to source some OEM ones...




I can look this weekend. I may have some of these.



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