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Old 04-15-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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A-pillar interior cloth loose

Greetings,

Has anyone encounter this?? Any pointers on removing the A-pillar cover? Once removed, I'd figure I could use some type of spray adhesive to fix.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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I tried a 3m adhesive on one of mine and the results were not too good. The stuff bled through to the front and looked really bad. I ended up just going to get replacements from BMW. They were about $40 per side which isn't too expensive. If you do decide to use an adhesive, just apply it very lightly to avoid bleed through.
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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My a-pillar is kinda like that too so I'd be interested in instructions on how to get it fixed too!
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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ahh yea i got the same exact problem.. 40 bucks a piece?? thas kinda expensive just to fix some flappiness.

do you think i can just add the adhesive without taking out the pillars??
anyone know of any other product that would work without bleeding through the fabric?
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Old 04-16-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Interested too. I've also got the same problem on my C pillar.
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:37 PM   #6
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Mine looks like that also. I am think if removing it and trying to pull the material to the back and pin it in place.

If that doesnt work then super 77 it in place lightly.

I figure if I ruin it with glue it needed to be replaced anyways...
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the post and interest.

Does anyone know how to remove the A-pillar, as to not tear or brake anything while removal?

Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:52 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the post and interest.

Does anyone know how to remove the A-pillar, as to not tear or brake anything while removal?

Thanks!
There is a strip that snaps in the runs the length of the pillar. Remove this with a clean screwdriver and there are torx screws beneath this strip.

If you have a 1/4 torx bit set and small ratchet it will make removal easier as the windshield gets in the way of a straight torx driver.

It has been a while it is either a Torx or a hex bit.

It is really easy just make sure your hands and tools are clean and dont break the retaining tabs on the screw cover strip.


Good luck...
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:20 PM   #9
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i just did mine on easter. took off the strip, then removed 3 #20 torx screws. pulled back the fabric and used spray adhesive on the pillar side only. let tack up and smooth the fabric back over.
came out well, just make sure your hands are clean if you have a light interior. mines is tan and i had to clean it with upholstery cleaner after.
when putting it back you have to get the tab in the dash slot and kinda angle the pillar across the windshield to get it to slip down on the side of the dash, making sure not to bunch it up again at the bottom.
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:28 AM   #10
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I sprayed 3M 77 adhesive on a popsicle stick and rubbed the adhesive onto the back of the fabric, and then onto the pillar, and then stuck them together. It took about 3 minutes to fix.
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:14 PM   #11
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Ok, so it is three #20 torx screws that hold this in.

1. Snap the middle piece out by using a thin screwdriver (be sure not to mar anything) -- should pop out pretty easy.

2. Unscrew the screws, they are freakin long and I suggest a rachet as well because the windshield gets in the way.

3. Pop the cover off.

Here is a picture (see how long the screws are):



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Old 05-10-2006, 10:48 PM   #12
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I missed out on this
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Old 05-11-2006, 02:27 PM   #13
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Davemehta, thanks for the pic...did you have the same problem with the cloth? If so what did you use to correct?
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:33 PM   #14
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Davemehta, thanks for the pic...did you have the same problem with the cloth? If so what did you use to correct?
I don't think he did.....luckily. Did you try a spray adhesive?
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Old 05-14-2006, 05:02 PM   #15
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Thanks for the pic

I've been meaning to fix this for a while. I used hot glue from a glue gun. Works great BUT you have to use the glue sparingly. Too much glue and it goes through the cloth and makes a white stain.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:29 AM   #16
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I had mine done at the dealers at no charge
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:01 AM   #17
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I have the same problem on both sides and it bugs me everytime I look in the rearview mirror. I'd really appreciated if someone can tell me the part number for the two pillars mentioned.
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:17 PM   #18
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:39 PM   #19
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fyi I finally threw in the towel and bought new parts. I couldn't get the old fabric to stick with adhesives.
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Old 10-15-2006, 10:39 PM   #20
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upolstry shops will put new fabic on those panles for around 20 per side thats what we do for our customer to save money
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