Arm Rest Removal

Discussion in 'Interiors, Seating, Lining' started by simon, 6 Jul 2019.

  1. simon

    simon Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I am trying to fit some new seat covers
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    and the arm rests need to be removed.
    I can see the bolt but it's not a torq
    Is it a star?
    So the real question is which tool and size do I need? When I looked on Amazon and Harry Halfords they all look like torq bits which just spin inside
    Thanks
     
  2. simon

    simon Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Ok a bit more research
    So is it a Spline Bit I need?
    Just what size?
     
  3. Sign man

    Sign man Member VIP Member

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    Not sure what size, the Halfords set of 6 covers all l have needed so far, including armrests. I would get a set if l were you. VW like to mix n match heads when it comes to fixings!
     
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  4. kiter

    kiter Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I ended up having to buy one to specifically do this job, none of mine were long enough to reach into the bolt head, I'm 99.9% sure it was a 10mm, will check later and post you up a pic. Are taking the covers off the armrests as well, if you are let me know as it took me ages to work out how these come apart.
     
  5. simon

    simon Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    :thumbsdown: bought a spline set....and rounded off the bolt grrrrr what now
     
  6. Sign man

    Sign man Member VIP Member

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    Did you have the spline right in the bolt head? It may have lock-tight on the thread. You could put it in and give it a few taps with a hammer to make sure it's right in and try again. Failing that, you could try hammering in a torx or Allen socket and try to turn it. Don't be shy with the hammer though as it will need a good wack.
    Failing that, drill it out and remove armrest then mole grips on the thread to unscrew.
    Good luck.
     
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  7. simon

    simon Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Wow that was hard work
    So drilled off the head
    Then molegrips wouldn't budge
    Then heat to melt glue
    Molegrips budged a little
    More heat
    Twist
    Heat
    Twist
    Heat
    Turned
    Loose
    Off
     
  8. Sign man

    Sign man Member VIP Member

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  9. oldiebut goodie

    oldiebut goodie Member T6 Pro

    Is it just me or are these splines made of cheese - second time of removing the seat belt ones on the B pillar and they are knackered! ( correct 10mm bit used)
     
  10. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Strange, I bet mine have been off 10 times and look like new :/
     
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