how to remove a-pillar trim

  1. staged84

    staged84 Senior Member

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    I've been hearing rattle from driver side at low rpm. (around 1,500)
    It's either coming from driver's side a-pillar or vent on top of dash.

    I'd like to open it up myself and see what's going on.

    If you know how to remove the trim or have a guide let me know!

    Thanks!
     
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    At the very top of the A pillar is a little plate with "Side Curtain Airbag" spelled on it. That's actually a thin cover for a screw beneath it. Just stick a fine blade under its edge and pop it open to reveal the screw. Remove the screw and tug the upper part of the A pillar plastic with your fingers and it will easily give way. The bottom most part is hooked so just tilt the plastic down toward the steering wheel and it'll unhook.
     
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    Thx, i had no idea there was screw involved. I was about to just pry it open before making the thread lol. I'm glad i asked.
     
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    My pleasure. Please feel free to click the Thanks button so I can get a free sticker after reaching 1000.
     
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    Were you able to fix this? I have an annoying rattle coming from the driver side pillar too but I'm skeptical of opening with airbag stuff there. Thanks!
     
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    Don't know if its the same rattle, but I found my rattle to be the sun visor. When I unlatch my sun visor from the hook my rattle goes away.
     
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    I have the same issue with the a-pillar rattling at low RPMs. I'm going to the dealer to get an oil change and i'm gonna have them look at it while i'm there.
     
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    Is your issue fixed please can you let me know even i have the same issue.
     
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    #9 shadow, Feb 14, 2017
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    I had some rattling coming from the a-pillar on uneven pavement. It stops when some pressure is applied to the pillar.

    I removed the pillar and applied some weather stripping / foam tape on the pillar's two tabs that go into the dash. So far so good.

    Removing the pillar is very easy. Use a small screwdriver to pop open the square cover that says SRS. It only overs a small bolt. Remove the bolt, pull down the rubber seal between the plastic a-pillar cover and the actual a-pillar. One clip mid-way down holds the a-pillar cover. Pull it gently. That's it.
     
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    Thank you for this info.

    I am also wondering if @staged84, @nboyanov, or @Henrychurchill10 were able to figure out the cause of their noises, and if so, what was done to fix it.
     
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    Guys, the dealership scratched my A-pillar cover while swapping out the inspection sticker. I'm thinking of buying and swapping the A-pillar piece out myself in order to avoid getting into a conflict with the dealer (I didn't witness the action, so I can't prove it). How should I proceed and do you think I'm doing the right thing?
     
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