I'm trying to remove the Left Side/front cowling body panel.....
....to get a small spot touched up where the paint rubbed off. There seems to be a few fasteners on the cowling (both front and side), that are like small plastic round fasteners, with a small round circular piece in the middle. I can't figure out how to remove these without breaking them? Do I need a special tool? Also, I cant figure out if I also need to remove the frot cowling to get the side off, and iof there are any other body panels that need to be removed......any help or advice is much appreciated.
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Re: I'm trying to remove the Left Side/front cowling body...
Those are called "tray clips" If you look at the microfiche at Ron Ayers you can see a drawing that shows where they go, but not how to remove them easily. The center piece snaps into place, but does not come out easily unless you can push from the opposite side. I've had luck putting in a small screw a few turns, then pulling on it. They will pop out with some effort, but don't pull so hard you damage the bodywork. If the bodywork is moving a lot due to your efforts something is wrong.
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1. Remove the three screws from the headlamp assembly. Two are obvious and on top. The third is down low on the back left (for drivers side). I believe they are 10mm.
2. Loosen the front grill cover (painted body color) On the top edge on left/right/center are about dime sized plastic plugs. Lift the center portion of the plug up with a flat blade screwdriver and remove the complete plug. It will be obvious when you look at them.
3. Gently pry up on the long arm on the top where the screw hole is to release the assembly from a small notch in the body panel.
Now completely loose, it should lift up and out when you hold the grill cover back a little bit.
4. Turn the bulb socket counter clockwise and remove from assembly. Slide red retaining tab out to release bulb and pry off socket with a flat blade screwdriver.
5. WITH CLEAN GLOVES ON, install new bulb without touching glass.
Remove RH cowl side trim panel (02344) and LH cowl side trim panels (02345).
Tag and disconnect wiring connectors in LH and RH cowls.
Remove ground wire located on LH cowl side.
Remove RH instrument panel upper moulding (04268) and LHinstrument panel moulding (04389) from instrument panel (04320) by pulling away from instrument panel and snapping out of retainers. Disconnect wiring connectors as required.
Remove glove compartment (06010) as described.
Remove two screws from center instrument panel support bracket at left side of glove compartment opening.
Remove instrument panel upper finish panel (044A90) and disconnect the A/C sunload sensor (19E663) if equipped.
Detach the wiring connector from the instrument panel, located in
the engine compartment, by loosening the bolt and separating the
Remove the left and right windshield inside mouldings.
Remove the defroster grille.
Remove the glove compartment door finish panel.
Remove the instrument panel steering column cover.
Remove the four bolts attaching the steering column lower
reinforcement. Remove the reinforcement.
Remove the right and left cowl side panels.
Remove the two nuts retaining the hood latch control handle and
cable assembly to the left cowl side. Remove the control handle and
cable assembly, then reinstall the nuts to hold the bracket and relay in
Detach the wiring on the left cowl side panel and, if equipped,
the vacuum hose harness connector. The number and location of the
connectors may vary depending on optional equipment.
Detach the brake light switch wiring connector. Detach the
clutch pedal position switch on manual transmission equipped vehicles.
Remove the steering column-to-extension shaft pinch bolt. Compress
the extension shaft toward the engine, then separate from the column
Detach the transmission control selector indicator from the
Disconnect the wiring from the windshield wiper intermittent
control module and, if equipped, the wiring from the low oil level
relay. Both are located to the right of the steering column.
Disconnect the radio antenna lead-in cable at the right cowl side
Disconnect the heater temperature cable. If equipped, detach the
vacuum hose harness connector.
Remove the five screws attaching the top of the instrument panel
to the cowl side top panel.
Remove the one nut attaching the lower right side of the
instrument panel to the cowl side panel.
Remove the two rearward nuts, then loosen the two forward nuts
located to the right of the steering column, attaching the instrument
panel to the center mounting bracket.
The following removal steps require the help of an assistant.
Support the instrument panel. Remove the three bolts and one nut
attaching the instrument panel to the left cowl side panel.
Carefully pull the instrument panel rearward, then disconnect any
remaining wires or other components.
Carefully remove the instrument panel through the left front door.
If replacing the instrument panel, transfer all the components to
the replacement instrument panel.
I woul look to see if the cowl drains on wither side of the cowl panel are clear form leaves and dirt. When it is dry, pour water into the cowl vent, under the hood. Water should drain out behind each tire, from the body. Ithe water does not run out, you will need to remove the cowl, and clean out the drains.
did you recently have new tires or rims put on? because it sounds like your tires are rubbing on your wheel well/mud flaps. if that's the case you'll either need to: downsize the tires/rims, remove the plastic covering the wheel well (not the body panel of course), or you could always get a lift haha :)....hope this helps ya out, good luck!