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Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

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Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by drewmeister2 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:35 pm

Hi,

I’ve been finding that my driver’s side floor is constantly wet, and that the A-pillar is wet after it rains. I’m assuming this is due to an issue with the sunroof drain tubing.

I’m trying to remove the cover for the A-pillar, but I feel like I’m having to use a lot of force to get it to budge even a little. Most of the resistance seems to be coming from around the airbag port (“IC Airbag”). There is also the airbag that I’m worried I’m going to affect.

Anyone have any ideas? Attached is a picture so you can see what I have.

Thanks!
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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by matthew1 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:26 pm

Here's A-pillar info for Gen 1 S80. So it'll be different. How different I can't say. I cross-posted this on MVS Facebook so maybe someone will pop in with a photo.

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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by drewmeister2 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:48 pm

Thanks. I had seen some of these posts regarding removing the pillar cover on the first generation of S80s. But I’m thinking there might be something different on the second generation.

If you look closely on the picture I posted, you can see some water staining on the pillar cover.



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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by drewmeister2 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:36 pm

Anyone have any ideas how to remove a second generation a-pillar cover?



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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by Steve H » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:46 pm

For the P3 gently pull the air bag plate off with a small screwdriver or bone tool. Under that is a very long T30, I think, screw that must be removed. Then pull down the rubber door seal down to the dash and up beyond. Start at the top of the A pillar and pull away from the windshield from the top then you have a pop in pin to release about mid down and then you lift out the a pillar trim from the dash.



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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by Steve H » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:55 pm

Also when I went to remove mine it really helps me to search eBay for a used part and look at the pictures of the back side of the part to see that all holds it on.



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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by oragex » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm

On P2 models, there is a plastic pin with a securing strap attaching the pillar to the metal frame. The idea for the strap is to keep the pillar cover trim in place when the curtain airbag deploys, so the trim doesn't flow with force into driver's face. If P3 has the same securing pin, careful to install it properly back in place for safety reasons.

Also, when the drain tubes clog and water overflows the sunroof tray and leaks down the roof liner, most surely the curtain airbag also gets wet. It is good to inspect it as this may happen over several years, so it stays wet long time plus in winter time it freezes up and ice expands and can damage the curtain material. It also takes long time to dry once with the pillar cover removed and it's exposed, mine took over 1 week to dry in summer time.

This is why it's so important to inspect the drain tubes every summer and wash them yearly - it takes literally 2 min to clear them www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRGQJjWf9D0


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Re: Removing A-Pillar Cover on 2009 S80

Post by drewmeister2 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:44 am

Thank you, everyone. I actually figured it out myself a while ago. I posted a reply with the solution, but it’s not here anymore. I don’t know what happened to it.

The drain tubes were actually fine. I could only replicate the problem by spraying water on the car with a hose, and the water was coming in from the top left corner of the windshield and dripping down the a-pillar, making it seem like a sunroof drain problem.



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