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Old 01-04-2004, 05:16 PM   #1
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How do you remove trunk lid liner clips?

Ok, so I've removed all of the main clips in the trunk -- the ones that hold in place the liner...

HOWEVER, I'm now in need of removing the trunk lid plastic clips which hold the trunk lid liner in place. The problem is, these are very different.

They have a plus (+) on the head with a small philips head for a screwdriver. You can't just pry the top from the bottom, because they have a lip which blocks it. I managed to pry one out w/out breaking it, but clearly that is not the proper way to remove them. Upon inspection, it seems that they unclip themselves if you rotate (unscrew) the head, but it doesn't seem that there is enough force to actually unclip them. Any ideas on how to get them out without manually prying them? There's like 20 in the trunk lid, and I don't want to go breaking them all just to get them out..

(I'm trying to dynamat my trunk lid)

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stick a small flathead screwdriver between the part with the "+" and the bottom of the clip. Pry it upward. It should pop up a bit. At that point, try to pull the entire clip out (including bottom portion).
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Yeah, that is how most clips work; however, these you cannot do that to. The problem is the bottom part has a lip around the edge, so the top part sits flush. You cannot get a flathead screwdriver in there at all, unless if you break that lip off which ends up happening..
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I did mine last week. You need a really small flathead screwdriver to pry the two piece apart.
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Hrmmm, ok, I do have one that is danm small, so I guess I'll try that.. I wonder why they make it non-intuitive and throw in the philips head if it isn't intended to work. Furthermore, if you inspect how they function, you can see that "if it did turn" it would "unscrew and pop out" but it doesn't work that well. *sigh*

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Sometimes you can get them to SLIGHTLY pop out if you give them a 1/8 counterclockwise turn with the Phillips head, but just popping them out with a flathead works better for me.
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Go to the dealer, buy the 13 pc. kit, very cheap. You can only buy them all. I started removing mine, half of them broke and the other half couldn't hold a piece of paper to the trunk anymore. Chris
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Go to the dealer, buy the 13 pc. kit, very cheap. You can only buy them all. I started removing mine, half of them broke and the other half couldn't hold a piece of paper to the trunk anymore. Chris
LOL, as if! Unfortunately, I bet that is why they made these "impossible to remove" and "easy to break"..

F'n Nissan..

I'm STILL waiting for my damn stainless steel coffee mug. I filled out their stupid "How was the sales person?" surveys when I bought the car 10 months ago and STILL no sign of my free mug.. WHAT GIVES NISSAN!?
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Hrmmm, ok, I do have one that is danm small, so I guess I'll try that.. I wonder why they make it non-intuitive and throw in the philips head if it isn't intended to work. Furthermore, if you inspect how they function, you can see that "if it did turn" it would "unscrew and pop out" but it doesn't work that well. *sigh*

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That is how mine worked... "Unscrew" the phillips part very slowly and it pops out some, then you can slide a very thin screwdriver under the bottom of the whole clip and it comes out, as the "screw" part just locks it in.

For all the trouble Nissan clips cause (I've had 5 Nissans), as mentioned before the clips sets are very cheap. Always nice to buy another set anyway.

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LOL, as if! Unfortunately, I bet that is why they made these "impossible to remove" and "easy to break"..

F'n Nissan..

I'm STILL waiting for my damn stainless steel coffee mug. I filled out their stupid "How was the sales person?" surveys when I bought the car 10 months ago and STILL no sign of my free mug.. WHAT GIVES NISSAN!?

Don't put your mug in the dishwasher like I did, it now leaks like a sieve at the base.
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Thanks for all these helpful tips. I should have checked here first.

I have a 2006 Maxima and was attempting to replace the license plate lights but those little plastic fasteners that attach the trunk liner are a pain to remove. I succeeded in removing only 5 of them and then gave up after unfortunately damaging 2 due to frustration and impatience.
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I found the best way to pop them off is a small pocket knife, use the tip to wedge between the 2 pieces then slide the blade in to pop the top up and they pop right off
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What I have done is to turn them by hand, between 1/8 and 1/4 of a turn - they will lift slightly - enough for me to get a finger nail or small flat-head screwdriver underneath to pull up on it, then yank it out. I have done it several times and have not broken a single one.

If it's too tight to hand-turn it, start it with a phillips screw driver with almost no pressure. If it won't lift, once it becomes loose, proceed by hand-turning it.
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