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I've broken about half of these little round buggers. I was just pulling the interior in my trunk and of the four I pulled I broke two.
 

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I didn't know lowes sells them. I've benn going to the dealer.
 

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I've broken about half of these little round buggers. I was just pulling the interior in my trunk and of the four I pulled I broke two.
I hate those things. There is a little two pronged fork-like thing used to pull them out. I just break them and buy new ones at Lowe's.
 

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Now how did my post end up above yours.
 

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They actually come out quite easily. They are a 2-piece head design. Take your fingernail and pull out the small center pin until it stops. Then you can pull out the outer part of the head very easily. I have taken out many of them and have never broken one.
 

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They actually come out quite easily. They are a 2-piece head design. Take your fingernail and pull out the small center pin until it stops. Then you can pull out the outer part of the head very easily. I have taken out many of them and have never broken one.
Those I don't have a problem with. Its the big single round ones.
 

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They actually come out quite easily. They are a 2-piece head design. Take your fingernail and pull out the small center pin until it stops. Then you can pull out the outer part of the head very easily. I have taken out many of them and have never broken one.
We're talking two different things. The retainers you're talking about and the plain old nylon push-in retainers.
 

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That second one is the one I end up breaking half the time. There are two at both corners of the trunk that would not budge.
 

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I just replaced a break light today. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry them out, sort of like a crowbar. It worked for me.
 

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+1 on snapping these things. I hate them with a passion
 

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Off to get some of the wifes good silverware. :nogrinner
I am sure she will be happy about that. I actually found this flat-head screwdriver type tool that is pronged and it works great. Sorry I am not sure what it is really called, but it basically looks like the "fork mod" you guys have been talking about.
 

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I actually use needle nose pliers, I use a thin piece of cardboard under the pliers, slide the nose, open, under the head, and pry up.

So far I haven't broken any. Depending on location and angle, some are more difficult than others.
 

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I have a trim panel tool for cars from the 90's and earlier and it bends every time I try to use it on thos little buggers. I resort to popping it up a little with a small screwdriver then I have a pair of curved nose needle nose pliers that an auto shop left in the engine bay of one of my trucks a few years back.

Funny story in itself. I pick up the truck and on the way home I guess the pliers shifted and I started hearing a heck of a racket form under the hood. I though "great, that is not the sound I was hearing when I dropped it off...:so I stopped popped the hood and the nose of the pliers were just touching the tip of the plastic radiator fan. Actually had the corner nicked off of each fan blade!

Back to those retainers...I'll put a little masking tape on the nose of the pliers if I think I might scratch something.
 
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