6 cylinders. Big
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
What a pain in the rear this job is!!!
Am booked in at the air con man tomorrow morning at ten. So thought I would get most of the fittings off this afternoon to save time in the morning. The 3 screws in each wheel arch are easy, no problems at all, just put the wheel on lock each time.
Then there is a T27 Torx "bolt" at the bottom of the wheel arch at the front bumper. This is a massive pain. All but seized on. Took a soak in WD40 and a good bit of effort to get each one off. They fix to a strut connected to the sub-frame, so are needed.
The bumper section then unclicks from the upper wing reasonably easily, a quick tug and it is off.
The real pain is the 4 T27 Torx bolts under the bonnet, connecting to the slam panel.
Each one had surface rust, and seemed to be welded on! I actually snapped the torx allen key on the first one.
I've left each one to soak in WD over night, but i've got a feeling I will be drilling them out in the morning.
The question I ask myself is, why use a fixing that is at the leading edge of the car that will rust???!! Absolutely stupid.
If I have to drill them out I will simply replace with 4 self tapping screws with washers.
I hope the OP has an easier job than me! Good luck...
Moved over to the dark side
And loving it