Just working on deadening some creaks around the car and would like to remove the cover on the A-Pillar. I was able to pull it away from the top, but then a "latch" which is attached to a grommet keeps the cover from being removed all the way, I can reach the base of the grommet, but am not sure if a flathead is sufficient to remove it.
And nope, this is not the dreaded welding issue, just some plastic on plastic.
08-15-2007, 02:18 PM
I just yanked as hard as I could til it came off. Of course I broke the black latch but it was not needed as I still had the other plastic plug to keep it in
ah, thanks for the info, my only concern is that the latch acts as a "hook" in the event the side curtain airbags deploy, so that the a-pillar trim doesn't fly off the pillar and hit something/someone... so I'm trying to find a less "destructive" method.
08-16-2007, 01:09 AM
I haven't tried removing mine yet but did you try pulling straight up? Sometimes they really do make things simple. Other times not.
yep, no go. But I do believe that you can insert a screwdriver behind the grommet and pull it towards the center of the car, it will pop off, but only after a lot of force, then you'll probably have to pull out the tabs again that's on the grommet so that there's still some tension.
I couldn't work around it, I did have to cut the latch from the grommet, but then re-engineered it with some other tools/parts so that it still serves its purpose.
Oh, and the pillar is dead quiet now :)
I may actually eventually order the grommet, but truth be told, it'll work just fine with how I redid it (read: zip ties!)
08-21-2007, 07:45 PM
i didnt know you could remove the a-pillars, because of the airbags.
So is this dangerous to do??
nope, not at all... just as long as you don't puncture the airbag AND place the cover back properly.
08-30-2007, 05:03 PM
You can get the black peice off the A pillar. I took mine out last night to pull the headliner down. You can pry the black peices right out of the metal on the a pillar, then when you go to put the peice back on. You just alighn the black peice with the hole again and it will snap right back in there.