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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy I was going to dust off the engine...

Hello,
I am in a bit of a pickle with my '04 Electric Club Car Precedent (pictured to the left, ain't she puuurty?)
A few days ago I popped off the rear cap thing to take a look at my engine.
I was shocked at how dusty/dirty the engine was.
It was late so I put the cover back on and parked my cart and said goodnight.
Today I got some paper towels and a screwdriver and tried to pop the cap off... only, the screws won't back out!
I took a closer look and saw that they were spinning the little plastic grommet type thing that holds them. Even if I hold the grommet, the screws do nothing but spin and wont back out. I can't just pry the cap off because the screws are holding the grommets firmly in place and I don't want to break the cap either. The screws aren't stripped, but they are el cheapo plastic.
Does anyone know how to safely get the cap off? I really don't want to ride around with that much debris on my engine and I'd like to be able to take the cap off in the future!
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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: I was going to dust off the engine...

Are you referring to the plastic access cover that exposes the motor? That thing is a flimsy POS!! I finally just yanked mine off but want to find another way of re-attaching so this is easier to secure and open. Let me know if you find a better way!

Since my cart is still in surgery this is not a pressing issue for me to resolve yet, but your right............those screws are worthless.

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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #3
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Default Re: I was going to dust off the engine...

Another thought when you do finally get that access panel open is to "dust off" the motor with compressed air instead of paper towels.

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Unread 05-30-2011, 12:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: I was going to dust off the engine...

Pull the small ones first then pull the large ones use a screwdriver
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Unread 05-30-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
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And I just hosed my off
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Unread 05-30-2011, 01:44 PM   #6
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Default Re: I was going to dust off the engine...

Thanks a bunch!
I was referring to the rear engine access panel.
I guees I will just pry the screws out than use a compressor to blow the dust off.
I have no experience with these screws because I just recently bought this cart and the DS I primarily used before it never even had any type of fastening bolts/screws/plastic junk to hold the rear access panel thing on!
I'm trying to keep my new cart nice because it is too late to try to keep my DS nice! :P
Thanks!
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Default Re: I was going to dust off the engine...

i'd teach that screw a lesson!

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Unread 05-31-2011, 12:52 AM   #8
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They're not really screws just push clips
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:07 AM   #9
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break them off and replace with something close!
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:31 AM   #10
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They're not really screws just push clips
ahh...

my DS uses screws with weld nuts. removal is quick and easy!
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