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Lower Side Trim Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Lower Side Trim Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $400

Talent:

***

Tools:

T25 Torx driver, plastic pry bar

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Hot Tip:

Remove the fender trim panels first

Performance Gain:

Better looking car

Complementary Modification:

Install R-Design trim panels

The side trim panels are prone to a lot of damage due to their location. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing them; either to be refinished or to install the body colored R-Design trim pieces. I recommend removing the fender trim pieces before hand. See our article on Fender Trim Removal for more information.

Shown here is one of the two lower side trim panels.
Figure 1

Shown here is one of the two lower side trim panels. Begin removal by pulling out the seven locking pins (green arrows) along the lower edge of the panel.

Shown here is a close up of one of the locking pins (green arrow).
Figure 2

Shown here is a close up of one of the locking pins (green arrow). You'll need to press the plastic pin inward and then pry the plug out. It's likely you'll damage these during removal, so new ones are a good idea.

Shown here is the front section of the lower side trim.
Figure 3

Shown here is the front section of the lower side trim. This picture shows the trim piece with the wheel liner removed. If the wheel liner is installed, loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws. Then pull the panel (blue arrow) straight off.

Shown here is the chassis with the panel removed.
Figure 4

Shown here is the chassis with the panel removed. Note the hole (green arrow) for the mounting clip on the panel. 

Now move to the rear of the car and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows).
Figure 5

Now move to the rear of the car and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows). Pull the end of the trim piece (blue arrow) straight off.

Continue pulling the trim piece off up to the edge of the door.
Figure 6

Continue pulling the trim piece off up to the edge of the door. Notice the holes for the mounting clips (green arrows).

Open the door and pull the weatherstripping off the top edge of the trim piece (green arrow).
Figure 7

Open the door and pull the weatherstripping off the top edge of the trim piece (green arrow).

You'll see a series of white clips (green arrows) holding the trim piece on.
Figure 8

You'll see a series of white clips (green arrows) holding the trim piece on. Use a plastic pry bar behind each one to pop them out of the chassis.

If one of the clips gets stuck in the chassis, pry it out and re-fit it to the trim piece if it is not damaged.
Figure 9

If one of the clips gets stuck in the chassis, pry it out and re-fit it to the trim piece if it is not damaged.

Note how the clips slide into the trim piece from behind.
Figure 10

Note how the clips slide into the trim piece from behind.

When reinstalling the trim piece, take note of the mounting holes on the chassis (green arrows).
Figure 11

When reinstalling the trim piece, take note of the mounting holes on the chassis (green arrows).


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