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Interior Pillar Panel Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Interior Pillar Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, small flathead, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Pillar panels, trim clips

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

Freshen up interior appearance

Complementary Modification:

Replace in pairs

The interior pillar panels cover the interior body pillars of the vehicle. The A-pillar is located at the front windshield. The B-pillar is located between the front and rear seats. The C-pillar is located behind the rear door. These trim panels are exposed to harsh sunlight and receive physical contact from time to time. Due to these conditions the finish on the panels may wear; the panels may dry out and crack.

Replace any broken trim panel clips, and work with care so as not to damage the trim panel finish.

R56 models are equipped with curtain airbags above the doors. Do not use sharp metal tools when prying an interior pillar panel away from the roof liner. The A-pillar panels don't require too much effort to remove. Just keep the airbags in mind when working in this area.

Front seat belts are routed through B-pillar trim covers. When removing B-pillar trim, you will first remove the front seat belt fastener, as described below. Disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before beginning.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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A-pillar trim: The A-pillar is located at the front windshield (red arrow).
Figure 1

A-pillar trim: The A-pillar is located at the front windshield (red arrow).

A-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (red arrow).
Figure 2

A-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (red arrow). Next, remove the T20 Torx fastener from the A-pillar trim panel (green arrow).

A-pillar trim: Pull the A-pillar trim panel away from the A-pillar (red arrow) while detaching it from the door seal.
Figure 3

A-pillar trim: Pull the A-pillar trim panel away from the A-pillar (red arrow) while detaching it from the door seal.

A-pillar trim: Pull the A-pillar up out of the instrument panel (red arrow) and remove it.
Figure 4

A-pillar trim: Pull the A-pillar up out of the instrument panel (red arrow) and remove it.

A-pillar trim: Pull the tweeter connector (red arrow) apart to disconnect it.
Figure 5

A-pillar trim: Pull the tweeter connector (red arrow) apart to disconnect it. Then if you need to swap the tweeter over to a new trim piece, lever out the catches (green arrows) and remove it. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips. Align the tabs at the instrument panel first. Once engaged, align and push the trim clips into the A-pillar. Use a plastic prying tool to adjust the door seal position on the A-pillar trim when done.

B-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (red arrow).
Figure 6

B-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (red arrow). Next, remove the T20 Torx fastener (inset) from the B-pillar trim panel (green arrow).

B-pillar trim: This photo shows the clips you have to detach to remove the trim piece (green arrows).
Figure 7

B-pillar trim: This photo shows the clips you have to detach to remove the trim piece (green arrows).

B-pillar trim: Next, remove the T50 Torx seat belt fastener (green arrow).
Figure 8

B-pillar trim: Next, remove the T50 Torx seat belt fastener (green arrow). Move the seat belt out of your way.

B-pillar trim: Remove the seat belt anchor.
Figure 9

B-pillar trim: Remove the seat belt anchor. Remove the T50 Torx fastener (red arrow). Then slide out the collar (green arrow) and lay the belt aside.

B-pillar trim: Pull away to detach the B-pillar trim panel.
Figure 10

B-pillar trim: Pull away to detach the B-pillar trim panel.

B-pillar trim: Slide the B-pillar trim panel up (red arrow) and remove it from the body.
Figure 11

B-pillar trim: Slide the B-pillar trim panel up (red arrow) and remove it from the body. Feed the seat belt through the opening to separate the two. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips.

C-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (green arrow).
Figure 12

C-pillar trim: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the fastener trim cover (green arrow). Next, remove the T20 Torx fastener (inset) from the C-pillar trim panel (red arrow).

C-pillar trim: Remove the seat belt anchor.
Figure 13

C-pillar trim: Remove the seat belt anchor. Remove the T50 Torx fastener (red arrow) and lay the belt aside.

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