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Old 09-25-2022, 09:03 PM
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Need to remove the inner fender wells on my truck. Looking on line I think there called push pins?
I see two different sizes or the claw part of the tool appears bigger on one.

Any experience with these?
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:13 PM
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Pull the small (center piece) up, then pry the outer piece completely out. The center piece is the wedge that holds everything in place. It does not matter if you pull the center piece all of the way out, but it has to go it a certain way because of the offset tabs. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:30 PM
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I have done a crap load of these. You are absolutely going to break a few of the little buggers. They seem to get brittle with age, or the stem packs up with mud... Your local car dealer will want to charge you $3-4 each! Buy an assortment or kit of your size from Amazon for $20 and get the fork removal tool which makes the job a whole lot easier.
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Old 09-25-2022, 10:07 PM
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looking on line they have a 30deg and 80 degree push pin pliers.
2010 GM.Assuming 30deg will work?
Are all PP the same?

Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2022, 10:14 PM
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Found this,looks like it will save a lot of frustration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_HolulT1U
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:52 AM
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Penetrating oil and compressed air work wonders. Give the pins a shot of weasel **** and then blast them clean with your blow gun. That should free up the ones with a prayer of coming out, and they can typically be removed with a flat head screwdriver and some angled side-cutters with a gentle touch.

Inevitably some will fail. Napa stocks little plastic bags with replacement pins - usually 10 to a pack. Bring one of the surviving pins with you to help match them correctly.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:37 AM
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This is a case where I would head down to piknpull to explore the process, and gather parts. Fasteners may not be reusable, but it may help to create a plan.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:34 AM
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My experience with them has been to make sure you use the totally wrong tool, like a side cutters or Leatherman, chew the crap out of the heads and then end up cutting them off and replacing with new anyways.

You can buy new ones at NAPA super cheap compared to buying them from the dealer

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Old 09-26-2022, 09:40 AM
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NAPA seems to have a good inventory of plastic fasteners, it's made me a lot more careless.

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Old 09-26-2022, 10:20 AM
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Default right tool for the job

Trim tool is the proper tool to use.

I thk I paid 6 bucks at P Auto for one.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:50 PM
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Got the tool today,removed the inner wheel well in minutes and didn't break any pins.
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Got the tool today,removed the inner wheel well in minutes and didn't break any pins.
You didn't break ANY pins? that must be like winning the lottery !!!!!
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Old 09-27-2022, 09:31 PM
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You didn't break ANY pins? that must be like winning the lottery !!!!!
Lol, I concur! Good job Tungsten.
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