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  1. 2017 A6 Avant All Road Tailgate internal trim removal to help rear dash cam cabling? 
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    Just had a NextBase 522GW webcam fitted by Halfords with a small rear webcam included. Unfortunately, the guy who did it couldn't/wouldn't dismantle the tailgate trim to get the cable from the car body to the tailgate via the hinge covers whch has left quite an unsightly loop of wire hanging down in the rear windows as the wire has to be long enough to cover the open boot distance between the tailgate and the car bofy. Obviously, I would like to tidy it up and have looked everywhere for some guidance on how to (simply?) dismantle the tailgate trim to feed the cable through with the other cables that are needed in the tailgate. But I can find NOTHING! Does anybody out there have any guidance they could offer? Photo attached of current version. Any help appreciated! Michael.

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    Remove your warning triangle and the covers for the tailgate lights, you will find 4 or 5 T25 torx screws, once they are removed you simply lever the panel, it will pop as the clips come undone, they are tight. The hinge covers also unclip. Its one of those "have to be brave" times. The trim comes out in 1 piece.
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    Thanks! Found 4xTorx 25 and a couple of the lower clips snapped out OK, but then it really became difficult to move anything else. So much so, I abandoned doing it - especially as i don't know where the clips are. Need to have another go sometime soon. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    Morning Mike,

    I can't give you any specific instructions but I can say I've been here a few times and you do need to be brave. however there are a couple of things you can do to make life easier. Firstly, buy the right tool for the job! Search a well known home delivery site for "trim removal tools" and for a few quid you can buy a full set. This will mean you can apply force in exactly the right place. Screwdrivers don't really help and they run the risk of damaging the vehicle or yourself. Secondly, buy a kit of trim fasteners so if you do break a plastic clip you have replacements ready - again for just a few quid. Lastly, try and find the drawings for your vehicle. I found some for my C5 a while ago and they showed the location of the clips so you know where to apply leverage.

    I have this exact problem in my disco, I haven't even fitted the rear cam yet as I need to figure out the route the cable will take but it is a headlining-out job...

    Good Luck...

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