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Old 03-10-2004, 03:36   #1 (permalink)
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Central locking motor removal

G'day all,

Just need to pull the central locking motor from the door of an E Series. They are not simply screwed into place - it looks like some kind of weird jumbo-sized rivet . Can anyone confirm that drilling those things is the best method of removal, or suggest anything else? Pic is attached with the appropriate rivets circled.

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Old 03-10-2004, 18:13   #2 (permalink)
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It wouldn't surprise me, I think the power window regulators are also riveted, and also to my disgust the fuel filter
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Re: Central locking motor removal

Drilling yes, the only way, but it is fairly soft rivet, a well aimed chisel and hammer can work (but not recommended unless desperate)
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Use an angle grinder. I have tried the hammer/chisel before, and found that it tends to tear the door metal a bit. Just grind the heads off them, and you will be fine. Same applies to the window regs also, and just fit them back up with small 10mm bolts.
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hehehe, i used an angle grinder to get all the power window regs and door lock actuators outa the Wreck's doors :)
worked a tread! though the grinding disk was low, so a few times i went all over the place :)
got em all off though!
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Ah thank god for the angle grinder!
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Cheers guys, looks like violence is the only way to go.
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Im just trying to do this myself, the centre of the rivet is rock hard. Drill is just sitting there spinning and going blunt! Going to give the dremel a go
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Yeah i removed mine the other week, well one of them, good old angle grinder was used
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Actually ive figured out on a piss easy way to get them out.
Get a hammer and punch out the centre, it just pops out. Then drill out the remaining with a 7mm drill bit.
Takes about 30 seconds and doesnt leave any damage (glad I tested this out on the Fairmont and not the XR6 first after making a meal of the first one)
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