Summers on the way
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Zealand
Ok here is my tip for fitting the rear badge. But first here is my process, undo the 4 platic screws that hold on the boot lid carpit, i found that this was as far as i needed to go, the carpit in this location also provied a handy work table of sorts, you can remove the 4 push in clips further down but the chance of damaging then on removal and the advantages given didn't seem worth it so i left them. Now JAM A RAG IN THE BOOT CAVITY TO CATCH THE PARTS (very important)...then disassembled, I used an o-ring pick to hook the E-Clip (cir-clip) but a small screwdriver will do.
Once ready to reassemble Lubricate the Badge shaft and fit the O-ring then place the new badge on the car, there will be a little messing with the spring that sits under the badge on the exterior of the car, the o-ring pick was very helpful with this.
Now for my tip…get the small coil spring and compress it right down as far as you can get it, then tie it up with cotton, I looped it round 3times on 2 sides (so it compressed evenly)then put a little Vaseline on the end, this helps hold it in place then fitting it on the shaft. With the spring compressed it is just a matter of placing the white washer on the end, this should now be below the E-clip notch (which also convently hold it in place) and with vice grips (just easier not to have to keep gripping the handle of plyers in the confines of the boot lid) placed the E-clip. Once the E-clip engages the notch on the shaft I just used a screw driver to nudge it into place, then cut the cotton...Done in less than 30min.