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Old 11-18-2004, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I noticed the other day that my hood roundel is starting to get some crazing started in the whites, and my trunk roundel's a touch worn. Hence, since they're only 15 bucks from bavauto, I'm going to replace them. How is this done? Screwdriver and pry? Remove the hood liner and go from the bottom? How are they held on?

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mine popped with a screwdriver....but u have to finesse' it or u may scratch the hood. use ur finger as the fulcrum and the tip od the s-driver goue under edge of roundel. gently....very gently pry and work @ the circle till it pops.

some use 2 loops of dental floss and slide it under the upper and lower part. then they pull evenly and gently till it pops.
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can't get at it from the other side, you'll have to take it off from the front, just get a putty knife and wrap it with cloth. work your way around and pry gently untill you can pull it off by hand.
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So it's just glued on? WTF? Why does bavauto sell grommets for it, then?
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So it's just glued on? WTF? Why does bavauto sell grommets for it, then?
Its not just glued on, there are 2 ears on the back of the roundel that fit into grommets that inturn fit into holes in the hood. Also there is probably some putty (or stuff that looks like sticky tack) behind the roundel to make it fit more snugly (its a clay-like substance). As you can imagine through summers and what not it settles and the roundel becomes stuck on. Thats why you have to pry it off. Also the old grommets make it hard to get off as well.
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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when your roundel emblem is worn out, it sometimes indicate that the rubber gromets may have dried up and might not hold the new emblem tight enough if reused. hence, if you were going to order the emblem, get yourself a fresh pair of gromets as well.

the safest way to remove the emblem i believe will be to remove around two to three screws that hold the liner in the area behind the emblem. push the (two) ears of the emblem up using a screwdriver. when it pops, you can then remove it by hand. this is then a good time to wipe the dirt, wax or polish excesses trapped behind the emblem.

position the new roundel on the hood. lock it with the new gromets from the inside. put back the screws and you're done.
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I've read the best way to remove the roundel is to use a couple flatblade screwdrivers with the tips covered in tape and just pry at a couple different points.
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Old 11-20-2004, 11:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah that can be an option too. but to replace another roundel you will probably need to go under the hood just the same to reach out to the gromets which are likely to come off after you remove the original emblem.
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