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      01-05-2019, 12:44 PM   #1
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Charge pipe help

You would think that as a former tech this would be a piece a cake, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the damn clips at the intercooler that hold the charge pipe and tic pipe in place. I thought that you just slide the plastic clip forward ( toward the front of the car) after pulling down on the metal retaining clips. It shouldnít be that hard, so I know Iím doing something wrong. I havenít had much luck in the past with finding videos on how to do this, and the instructions from Treadstone donít offer any guidance on how to do this either. I even have the Bentley manual and it doesnít state how to perform this action.

Help much appreciated.
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You should indeed be able to pull the plastic clips toward the front of the car - I just pried mine out and threw them away.

Then you can put a flat screwdriver under the metal clip that protrudes/shows from the pipe connector for about 10mm length. Then twist the screwdriver to lift the clip - this unlatches the ends of the clip that hold the pipe in place. Then while keeping the clip lifted, just pull the pipe out.
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They can be a pain for sure. Insert a flathead underneath the clip and rotate the screwdriver to pop the clip up and out of place. If I remember correctly you have to do this on two different ends of the clip. Pop one end out like this, then the other end, and you should be able to work it off.
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They can be a pain for sure. Insert a flathead underneath the clip and rotate the screwdriver to pop the clip up and out of place. If I remember correctly you have to do this on two different ends of the clip. Pop one end out like this, then the other end, and you should be able to work it off.
I tried doing that, I probably just did not muscle it enough.
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I just pried mine out and threw them away.
Believe me, I was really close to doing just that. I didnít do it though because my car still has a year left on the warranty, and I wanted to keep the parts intact in case I need to re-install them
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I tried doing that, I probably just did not muscle it enough.
Maybe, don't be afraid to really put some effort into it. That's the method I used.
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the c-clip(missing in the pic, would go in the slots) the black retainer slides/clicks in flush and covers the c-clip. hope this helps.
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They can be a pain for sure. Insert a flathead underneath the clip and rotate the screwdriver to pop the clip up and out of place. If I remember correctly you have to do this on two different ends of the clip. Pop one end out like this, then the other end, and you should be able to work it off.
As long as the plastic retainer is out of the way, you only have to lift the clip on the middle to unlatch the ends as well.
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