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Removal of door gromet

Hi - 1970 vw beetle - how do I remove the gromet on the door to fit a rear vision mirror - have tried vice grips, small blade under the chrome cap all to no avail - it turns easly in both directions by hand - there must be a knack
or shoud I drill in a pk screw an try pulling with plyers

hope you can help
Cheers Errol

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Since you said your beetle is a 1970, I suspect you are trying to install the mirror in the door panel (just in front of the vent window) The later beetle door panels have a threaded insert that the mirror screws into. The grommet should pop out with a screwdriver. Otherwise, try unscrewing the grommet from the threaded insert. I would only recommend drilling it as a last resort. I assume you are trying to install a mirror on the passenger door since the driver's side should already have one installed.


On the earlier model beetles the mirror mounting post replaces the top door hinge pin. The hinge pin must be driven out from the bottom of the hinge upward. If the pin is frozen in the hinge, it may be easier to remove the hinge from the door and door frame to work the pin free.

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  • errol garry Dec 09, 2011

    thanks got it out - fitted new mirror

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I would just get a unibit and drill a hole, put some protective loom and run the wire through, i cant really tell you how to correctly remove the gromet because i need to see it in person.

Good luck..

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