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Re: plastic clips, gromets?

These types of fixings will either screw in (like a plastic self-tapper), or push-in (possibly with a sliding rod in the hole, which when depressed, locks it in place).

Try first to turn it, if it doesn't rotate (or it doesn't feel like it screws into place), then I would carefully attempt to lever it out using a thin screwdriver in the hole, and a large flat-headed screwdriver under the collar.

Don't attempt to push the plastic rod through, or you will lose it, and the fixing will not seat tightly without it.

Once you have retrieved the entire fixing out, the plastic rod can be pushed back, allowing the fixing to be re-used.

I have to do this regularly, on all sorts of cars (which each have their own method) - I don't carry spare clips, so I need to re-use what's already on the car.

What I have outlined is how I would approach this.



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