Engine room "******"clips
How do those funny clips work?
The ones on the airbox-air flow meter hose, etc. and on the inlet pipes (V6).
For those of you without these little gems, they have a little hook section at one end and a pimple of metal that fits into a slot on the other end.
Somehow you tug them together, feed the pimple bit into the groove and then hook the hook end over a raised bridge bit on the other.
It sounds simple but I find it impossible to hold both ends, lift the hook end and then lower it the other side of the bridge bit, using anything less than 4 hands. I always manage to impale myself on a screwdriver or pliers.
It took me longer to refit the clip than everything else involved in changing the air filter yesterday.
There must be a knack in using them, or the factory would have to hire a thousand people to build each car - 1 to assemble the car and 999 to fit the clips!
What's the slidy bit that fits in the slot on the other end for? The whole thing looks really ingenious but I just don't get it.
And do the guys who design these magnificent creations ever have to undo them (the easy bit) or put them back together again?