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I agree with R50 MEO, you definitely need courage. It's a horrible job!

I used a bread knife, was really worried I was doing some permanent damage, couldn't see what I was doing at all but the grommet was quite thick and there was LOADS of sealant. It took ages.

I think the grommet was close to the middle but maybe slightly off centre

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Ok cheers for the help guys, might be one for the garage I'm terrified of breaking the spoiler!
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Ok cheers for the help guys, might be one for the garage I'm terrified of breaking the spoiler!
My experience is that they are more likely to break it than a caring owner.
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My experience is that they are more likely to break it than a caring owner.
Surely then it would be there problem to rectify it wouldn't it??
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So, knives, screwdrivers, hacksaws and courage to fix a brake light. Good old Alfa I think old ten thumbs here will be asking his mechanic would he like some easy money
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My brake light isn't working either - am I right in reading then that you can't even get to both ends of the connectors without taking the spoiler off??

It might stay 'disconnected' if that's the case
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Don't give up its really quite easy best if someone can help you remove spoiler safely.As to the connection its the'dry climate' type ie no good where it rains, so on refitting and dabbling with connector ,after testing that it works,it's best to introduce copious amounts of aquarium seal type mastic to keep the water away forevvvvvver!!!Carefully put spoiler back on ensuring ,before you tighten it that the top lip doesn't catch roof,it is adjustable .Also be careful you don't scratch roof as spoiler has two bolts attached to it for locating holes in hatch.:
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Has anyone got any other tips on removing the spoiler? I've spent the last 2 hours trying to get it off with no luck.

I've removed the 4 nuts, pulled through the grumet where the wire and washer pipe goes, but it is stuck. Seems to have been 'glued' around the area of the gromet.

I don't see how anyone has managed to cut the mastic with a knife, blade or wire, as i can't prise the spoiler up enough to see the mastic.

When pulling at the spoiler i can see it deflecting, and i'm sure if a pull ut and harder its going to split the plastic

Any ideas?
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Ok well it's off.

Ended up using a knife to cut the crappy glue, but unfortunately I cut half the wire and nipped the window washer fluid pipe too.

I'm supprised at how small the blob of glue is, feels far more substacial when poking around it and trying to pull the spoiler off!

It has litterally taken me from 11 this morning until 5, just to get the damn spoiler off.

And by the looks of it, the rubber gromit does't get seated right from factory, so i bet the mastic is a factory fix from a pre-production model, problem.

I have to fix the wire and hose, then I'll check the cause of the light not working and refit.

If i can i'll try to take some pictures and put a step by step guide to help anyone else having this issue, there's a lot of good information here, but put together in a guide with pictures should make the job 10x easier for anyone doing the same task.
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If i can i'll try to take some pictures and put a step by step guide to help anyone else having this issue, there's a lot of good information here, but put together in a guide with pictures should make the job 10x easier for anyone doing the same task.
please do
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Removing the rear spoiler is pretty low tech, a bit of trim and just four bolts. Literally no more than a five minute job.

The real problem is releasing the factory applied blob of sealant, something I first discovered four or five years ago when I first removed my spoiler. Afraid that no amount of pictures will be able to convey the force, care and perseverance this job requires. I think I explained in my original post how this could be done with CAREFUL use of a hacksaw blade.

As an aside, when I refitted my spoiler I did not use any sealant, just made sure the rubber grommet was fitted correctly, and there seem to be no leaks.

Have had the spoiler off since each time just taking minutes.
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