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Old 11-05-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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Default Removing pop rivets


I have an '05 Roadster that is in need of a driver's side brake light bulb. I see from other threads that I will need to pull back trunk liner by removing pop rivets to access the area. Does it require a special tool to remove the pop rivets or do they just pull out? Also, are they reusable once removed. Thanks in advance for any sugggestions/ advise.
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My crossfire just has a small panel that pops out to access the rear lights.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:48 AM
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Do not believe everything you read.
Its a snap .... really.
From the shop manual;
REMOVAL - TAIL/STOP
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Remove the access panel from the cargo area interior trim
panel.
3. Rotate the tail/stop lamp socket (2) counterclockwise and
pull it from the tail lamp unit (1).
4. Remove the bulb from tail/stop lamp socket (2).


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I noted some earlier posts that the Roadster does not have access panels and that the liner needs to be moved by removing the plastic pop rivets. Do these just pull out and are they re-usaeable?
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If these are the black plastic fasteners with a big head about 3/4" diameter, you can carefully pull them out and reuse them. I say use care so the head is not damaged and looks ugly, they will still work if they get damaged as its the barbs on them that do the holding. They will probably cost $3 to $5 at the stealership, less elsewhere.


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The center of the plastic rivit pulls out 3/8 of an inch. that unlocks the rivit. It will then just pull out. It is very easy.


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Thanks so much for the great advice. I will give it a try!
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The center of the plastic rivit pulls out 3/8 of an inch. that unlocks the rivit. It will then just pull out. It is very easy.

Just like alan said, I use a flat head screw driver to pop the center out about a 1/2 an inch then pull the whole rivet out.


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