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Removing wheel-well covers?

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I have a 2017 LWB XT Van and wondering how I can take these buggers off?

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I"m curious too...i may have a collection of pine needles and leaves that need eviction;)

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Are they different from the wheel covers on my 2014?

 

They make a tool just for this  -  A flat pry bar to get them off and a rubber hammer for putting them back on

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/STEELMAN-75031-Hub-Cap-Remover/39587012?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227027841724&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=59329795848&wl4=pla-84332961168&wl5=9014056&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=39587012&wl13=&veh=sem

 

Don

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I think he is talking about the fender liners..not wheel covers..could be wrong:drool:

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Duh!  -   I didn't read that right, did I?

 

The fender liners are not that hard to remove.  Once you take off the tire/wheel, it's only a few Torx head screws to get the liners out of there.  I've taken out both of mine replacing the fog lights with new units which are both DRL's and fog lights

 

Don

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Hey sorry I should have specified what I was talking about more. I'm talking about the black plastic covers on the inside over the wheel wells.

 

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There held in by plastic clips all around the edges. Your best bet is to get a cheap set of plastic interior panel tools. They come in handy if you plan on doing any interior mods. It makes trim pieces a lot simpler to remove with minimal  damage to things, usually.

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3 hours ago, JoeMan said:

There held in by plastic clips all around the edges. Your best bet is to get a cheap set of plastic interior panel tools. They come in handy if you plan on doing any interior mods. It makes trim pieces a lot simpler to remove with minimal  damage to things, usually.

 

 

Thanks! I can see them I just have no idea how to detach them. 

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On 1/22/2018 at 9:45 PM, strobz said:

Hey sorry I should have specified what I was talking about more. I'm talking about the black plastic covers on the inside over the wheel wells.

 

 

I reach through the access covers and unclip a few rivet clips that can be reached using the tool pictured below. Then starting at the loose area just pop it off one clip at a time by pulling on the panel, some clips you might reach with the tool some not. Works for me and have never broken anything yet removing them twice. 

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Awesome, thanks for the info. Appreciate it!.

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14 hours ago, desert_connect said:

I reach through the access covers and unclip a few rivet clips that can be reached using the tool pictured below. Then starting at the loose area just pop it off one clip at a time by pulling on the panel, some clips you might reach with the tool some not. Works for me and have never broken anything yet removing them twice. 

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I've been trying to detach these clips from the inside with no success. They look like this https://imgur.com/a/zKSLT.

Any idea how to remove the black arm from the circular clip with out bending them too much?

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8 hours ago, strobz said:


 

I've been trying to detach these clips from the inside with no success. They look like this https://imgur.com/a/zKSLT.

Any idea how to remove the black arm from the circular clip with out bending them too much?

The white clip stays with the black arm when removing. Slide the tool between the two and pop the clip out of the sheet metal. The white clip looks something like this generic pic below.

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16 hours ago, desert_connect said:

The white clip stays with the black arm when removing. Slide the tool between the two and pop the clip out of the sheet metal. The white clip looks something like this generic pic below.

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Appreciate the reply. Ill give that a shot.

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Great thread as I have the same question.

Looking at the pics that Strobz posted and Desert_connect's pics of the fastener and description of how to remove is very helpful. I think I get it.

I hate breaking parts and creating collateral damage.

I bought a small panel tool remover kit with some plastic tools and the metal claw one that's pictured so I'm ready to give this a try.

Many thanks!

 

 

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