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post #1 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Air Dam trouble

I'v read a few threads on removing the Air Dam, but most of the advice consisted of A) driving in reverse through a stream or B) Literally tearing it off. I don't have any standing water around here to drive through, and I don't want to mangle the thing getting it off in case I decide to put it back on.

I'm willing to trash the screws because I can just get some at auto zone, but for the life of me I can't get them off. I'v tried prying it with a flathead screwdriver and even the pry bar end of a hammer with no lock. Is there a trick to getting these god forsaken screws out?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 08:36 AM
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Brute force.

But if you want to save the integrity of the piece... i just got a flat head underneath it and used a pair of vice grips to tug the plastic screw and clip out..
and yes the screws got mangled lulz...
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Brute force.

But if you want to save the integrity of the piece... i just got a flat head underneath it and used a pair of vice grips to tug the plastic screw and clip out..
and yes the screws got mangled lulz...
Well, I managed to get them out by using the pry end of a hammer. That type of screw should be banned as cruel and unusual punishment.
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 09:44 AM
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You could have also drilled them out.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 12:48 PM
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One word....VISEGRIPS..............
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 12:52 PM
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You could have also drilled them out.
That's what i did. Easy.

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post #7 of 18 Old 06-05-2010, 01:05 PM
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I've run across these screw types before. My 86 Bronco has them all over holding interior panels up. A flat tip screwdriver under the sleeve shoulder and then a phillips to remove it. Piece of cake...
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 12:54 PM
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If your tires are rubbing, just trim them... unless you enjoy losing another 2-3 MPG on the highway (allegedly).

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If your tires are rubbing, just trim them... unless you enjoy losing another 2-3 MPG on the highway (allegedly).
So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
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So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
HIGHLY doubt it.

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There's been great debate on a few forums, without a clear cut answer.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 02:43 PM
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So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
No, not really. Pulling that piece of crap off the Jeep was one of the first things I did. No difference.
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 03:27 PM
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Yea I removed mine a long time ago. I lost no gas mileage.

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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I did some tests today. According to the OBDII readout (which usually reads 1mpg over what I really get), there is no difference before/after. I still get 21-22 MPG with cruise control at 55-60mph
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I left mine on, because it helps protect the swaybar e-disconnect, helps cut down the hood flutter and keep crap from flying into the front of the engine/oilfilter/aux cooler/xmission temp gauge hookup-





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