How to remove black plastic plugs?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by meirman, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. meirman

    meirman Guest

    I have a '95 Lebaron convertible.

    Want to remove the center console, but there are two black plastic
    somethingorothers on the left side, in the carpet, with smooth
    slightly domed tops, and I can't seem to pry them out. Two different
    size heads.

    In the trunk, I want to open the left side of the box that separates
    the trunk from the convertible top, but again, two black plastic
    things like above.

    I think they may be Christmas tree plugs, but they don't come out as
    easily as those usually do.

    Am I expected to break them and buy new ones, because I can, but even
    that would take more force than I usually expend? And I can imagine
    having a hard time getting new ones that hold tight enough and have
    heads big enough to cover the unbleached carpet.

    Is there some trick?


    If you email me, please let me know whether
    or not you are posting the same letter.
    If necessary, change domain to erols.com.

    Directions are given as if you know nothing.
    There's a big range here but I don't know who knows what.
     
    meirman, Aug 13, 2005
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Grasp head with pliers, turn approximately 90 degrees and pull/pry HARD.
    You're not prying hard enough. Sometimes they break and you have to
    get new ones, but usually they can be reused at least once.
     
    Daniel J. Stern, Aug 13, 2005
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. meirman

    meirman Guest

    In rec.autos.makers.chrysler on Sat, 13 Aug 2005 15:15:42 -0400
    OK. If I need a new car after this, you're going to have to pay part.

    I guess with GM door panels, I had better leverage, so I didn't
    realize how tough these are.



    If you email me, please let me know whether
    or not you are posting the same letter.
    If necessary, change domain to erols.com.

    Directions are given as if you know nothing.
    There's a big range here but I don't know who knows what.
     
    meirman, Aug 13, 2005
    #3
  4. meirman

    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    Dan's technique will work, but there is a gadget that I find is
    easier: it's sort of like a *really* wide-blade (think 1 1/2")
    screwdriver with a slot up the middle. They're cheap at AutoZone; I
    think they call them something like "auto trim removal tool".

    I have a nearby NAPA store that has very nearly exact duplicates for
    just about every trim plug I've ever seen.
     
    Joe Pfeiffer, Aug 14, 2005
    #4
  5. meirman

    meirman Guest

    In rec.autos.makers.chrysler on 13 Aug 2005 19:39:40 -0600 Joe
    I forgot about those, or hadn't figured out what exactly they were
    for!
    OK, thanks a lot.




    If you email me, please let me know whether
    or not you are posting the same letter.
    If necessary, change domain to erols.com.

    Directions are given as if you know nothing.
    There's a big range here but I don't know who knows what.
     
    meirman, Aug 14, 2005
    #5
  6. meirman

    meirman Guest

    In rec.autos.makers.chrysler on 13 Aug 2005 19:39:40 -0600 Joe

    BTW, the fiber-board at the corner was already bent by the previous
    guy, probably the previous alarm installer, using his hands to pull
    the fiberboard out. But it doesn't look bad and it's only the trunk.

    The alarm was also the reason I had to open it up, to run the wire for
    the trunk release.
    OK, I got one yesterday. 7 dollars at Pep-Boys. It worked great!

    Pep-Boys has a two-month return limit now. I don't recall any parts
    store ever having a real limit before, and I know that Advance has
    twice taken things back that I've had for more than 2 years, and Salvo
    once for something that I'd had a year. The stuff was in the original
    condition, and they didn't bat an eye about the date. Although one or
    two joked about it, so they noticed it.

    I don't like this two-month rule, but I knew I would use the tool
    within a day or two.

    It was much bigger than I thought it would be, but esp. on the
    console, it worked great. I should have bought one 40 years ago. I
    would have had it all this time.
    Good to know. They don't look to bad this time, but I haven't put
    anything back yet.

    --


    If you email me, please let me know whether
    or not you are posting the same letter.
    If necessary, change domain to erols.com.

    Directions are given as if you know nothing.
    There's a big range here but I don't know who knows what.
     
    meirman, Aug 16, 2005
    #6
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.