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I am a relatively new owner of a 916 P2 spider which a bought as a summer fun car. I have slowly been refurbishing and replacing some of the odds and ends where the passage of time have left thier mark. One of these has been the handbrake button where the chrome has chipped away leaving the milky white plastic underneath showing.

I have carried out a search and have read all sorts of horror stories about having to drop the exhaust, remove heat shields, remove the cables, centre consol etc etc etc

I have also read methods with cutting the handle off or just pulling the button off and replacing.

There seems to be no definitive method, well I have just replaced mine. Now this is a 2002 Phase 2 916 spider with a twinspark engine.

I can confirm that there is no need to drop exhaust/heathshields etc the button does in fact just 'pull off'.

This is the method I used:-

I firstly wrapped the exposed chrome button with some masking tape to help give some purchase and grip.

I then used a pair of pliers to firmly grip the button, and using a pulling and rocking motion, I wiggled the button from side to side and it eventually pulled off, a lot easier then I was expecting

This left a smaller black button exposed. I had already purchased a replacement (part number 60651478) from an eBay site
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/60651478-...004683?hash=item41959d8d0b:g:WU8AAOSwqu9VSI-Q

Here is the EPER:- Item 18
FIAT ePER

Anyway, fitting the new button was not too difficult and just required the button to be placed squarely on the end of the black button and some FIRM pressure applied (I have quite a dent in my thumb now).

At first I didnt think it would go as the fit is quite an interference fit but with perseverence and pressure it eventually slipped on.

All in all, I think the job took no longer then 10 minutes and I reckon I could halve that now I know what to do. It has certainly got rid of the eyesore that was the old chipped/flaking item that was previously there:beer:
 

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Good find................ there are hundreds of these cars in need of this replacement, well found
 

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Did the same on mine.:thumbup:
 

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Mine was 2 mins to get off, 20 to get it back on.
 
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