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    S3 door blade removal guide with pictures.

    Removed my door blades today, thought i'd give them a good clean and see if I had any dreaded rust behind them. As I went I took a few pictures, I know it's an easy job that probably doesn't need a guide but I was bored.

    Start by removing the 4 screws on the bottom of the door, 2 are behind rubber grommets.



    When the 4 screws are out, slide the door blade towards the back of the car, mine was really stiff and I didn't want to hit it too hard incase I broke the lugs off, but after rocking it back and forth it came off. When it was off you can see all the dirt behind it, and at first I thought I had the rust but it washed off.



    Dirty.



    After a good clean, applied a little waxoyl to prevent ant future rusting.



    Then gave the blade a good clean



    The rear blades just slide off, you slide them towards the front of the car. No screws holding these on. These were also stiff, just wacked them with my hand a few times and it popped off.



    Overall and easy job, I would recommend having one of those telescopic pens with the powerful magnet on the end so that if you do lose a screw in the door it's easy to retrieve.
    Last edited by Danman1; 20th May 2012 at 21:56.
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    Thanks for this. I'll take mine off when I clay bar it before inters.
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    Thanks for such a nicely and well put together guide.

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    I have been thinking about wrapping mine in gloss black or carbon, but thought it was a pain to take off, but after seeing this, it doesnt look so bad now

    Excellent write up bud.

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    Got to do this myself jus waiting for the weather. Many thanks.
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    Cheers guys, yeah it is literally a 30 minute job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilz View Post
    I have been thinking about wrapping mine in gloss black or carbon, but thought it was a pain to take off, but after seeing this, it doesnt look so bad now

    Excellent write up bud.
    There is another recent thread where the owner has wrapped the blades in Carbon and it looks great :-)

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    Has anyone had a problems getting the screws out, to do this?

    My pas door blade is becoming un-glued between the bit that is screwed on and the external part, i wanted to take it off give a dam good clean up then reglue it and refit but. but on mine these screws are extremely tight!!

    the outer one (easiest to get at) has now broken the white plastic strip on the outer edge of the door because the nut spun in it as i was trying to undo it.

    plus the ones in the door don't nicely line up with the hole to put the screw driver through so they look like they are going to round off

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    Nice guide I'll definitely be giving this a go later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomCrox41 View Post
    Has anyone had a problems getting the screws out, to do this?

    My pas door blade is becoming un-glued between the bit that is screwed on and the external part, i wanted to take it off give a dam good clean up then reglue it and refit but. but on mine these screws are extremely tight!!

    the outer one (easiest to get at) has now broken the white plastic strip on the outer edge of the door because the nut spun in it as i was trying to undo it.

    plus the ones in the door don't nicely line up with the hole to put the screw driver through so they look like they are going to round off
    Yes, when I did the guide one of the screws was seized and i couldn't get it off, had to drill it out. Easy if you have a drill and a metal bit.

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    Here's how I fixed my passenger side blade that had started coming away from the door:

    Attempting door blade removal later today

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    Anyone got part number for the screws?
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    its either mapped or broken...

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    Good shout, another job for the weekend.

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    I had a nightmare with this yesterday
    my drivers side blade was pretty much hanging off, so i thought i'd give it a go taking it off.
    straight from the off, i WD40'd all of the screws in hope it would help, only one screw actually came out, the other three were stuck (it seems that someone had attempted this before as well, 2 of the screw in points on the blade had rounded off and come away from the white plastic bit in the blade itself and there was a random long screw going through the door straight into the blade, which was also too long and poking through the outside of the blade). i eventually managed to get the blade off the door but the white plastic bit was in pieces and not even attached to the door blade

    i was then left with the prospect of somehow removing the screws from the door as they are just hanging loosely, i managed to eventually get 2 of them off, but i'm now left with one screw still in situ and some duct taped holes to stop water ingress.

    i don't really know what to do i guess it's a case of buying a new blade (the passengers side is almost as bad so i may as well get both) i take it you can't buy a replacement white plastic insert?

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    any help guys?

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    Does anyone have the part number of the rubber grommets/bungs?

 

 

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