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#163748 by AJ2
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:03 pm
Hi, I'm trying to remove the drivers side kick panel on my 1995 LS saloon, I've removed the square pin at the top & loosened the sill cover so I can see the flange which goes underneath it, I'm struggling to disconnect this square clip. Haynes says to pull the panel but it's not budging & I don't want to break it. Is there a trick to freeing the clip?

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#163751 by Cavalier342
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:15 pm
can you not just wedge it upwards and out with a thin flatblade screwdriver? Also if you haven't done, you need to pull the door seal out in order to remove the kick panel, and be careful to not snap or damage the bonnet release handle.
#163755 by AJ2
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:04 pm
I haven't tried a screwdriver, I'll give that a go, do you know if the clip comes out of the body work, or is it in two parts? Didn't want to just pull at it too much as wary of damaging the bonnet release. The rest of the panel seems to be loose without removing the door strip, I can see the outer edge of it & it rocks side to side.
#163756 by Cavalier342
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:09 pm
It's just wedged into the slot and it's there to stop the kickpanel from moving sideways. Just prise it out carefully.
#163759 by Robsey
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:47 am
Note that there is a slot hidden in the carpetting next to the foot pedals that the front lower part sits into.

So to remove the kick panel -

1 - Remove the sill cover plastic trim.

2 - Remove the wedge shaped peg close to the door seal, near to the bonnet release handle.
There is a slot in the bottom of the wedge to allow you to insert a flat screw-driver and lever the peg out.

3 - Peel back enough of the door seal to expose the lip of the kick panel.

4 - Remove the peg on the sill panel (in your post picture).
Just grab the peg with a pair of pliers or grips and pull out. (Towards interior of the car).

5 - Carefully insert your hand under the kick panel lower edge, and lift by about an inch. (2.5cm) to clear a front locating peg / slot - hidden in the carpet as mentioned above.
Then pull the bottom of the trim inboard towards the pedals a little whilst pulling back towards the car seats, to clear the locating tang near the door seal.

Pull the whole panel inboard at the bottom and then down to clear the release cable and dash lower panels.

Refitting is a reversal of the above, but ensure that you watch how you insert the plastic mouldings and tangs of the kick panel into the slots of the sill and dash bottom metalwork.

To aid with this,
Take a look at the hidden side of your kick panel and sill cover panel, to get an idea where all locating tangs are, and in which direction they locate into the car body.

Also have a good look at where all the slots are in the car body, (one slot is hidden by the carpet) so that you know where the tangs should be inserted.

This means that there is less chance of breaking anything or ending up with loose or damaged trims.

It is easy for the tangs to miss the slots and become dis-figured.
When you are happy that the tangs are inserted correctly, you can then fit the pegs to lock them into place.

When fitting the door seal, observe that there are two channels.
One goes over the door frame, and the other sits over the lip of the kick panel.

When you are happy that the seal is lined up correctly, thump it fully into place with your palm.

Finally - fit your plastic interior sill cover.
Again make sure you are carefull when lining up the locating pegs, as they can bend or crack.
Push firmly outboard on the sill cover to engage the pegs into the slots in the inner sill. Give the panel a thump with your palm to ensure it is fully located.
If you damage the pegs, the sill covers will keep popping out of place and catch your feet as you climb in and out of the car.

Job done.
#163763 by AJ2
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Thanks for all that great detail! Hope to get time to give it a go in the next few days. I'll let you know how it goes :thumb
#163773 by Robsey
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:50 am
It isn't tricky, but there is plenty to think about, if you want to protect your parts from accidental or careless damage.

Please let me know if there are any corrections. and I will update the thread as required.
#163850 by cavalier1990
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:55 am
For the clip in the image i usually use a pair of pliers to just gently pull it out. Same with the one at bottom behind where kickplate meets the sill cover. There is a locating lug at very back that goes down into sill hole, pain to get this back in place when reinserting kickplate.

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