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One (two actually) of the issues with my 2006 S80 is that the front passenger and rear driver side armrests were torn. I think the PO tried to carry something long in the car, kitty corner? Anyway, they half-assed repaired it with some very hard glue. My eyes were drawn to the damage like a magnet and I knew I'd never get used to it.


I ordered the parts from FCP (about $50 each) but when I removed the panel I was surprised to not just find a couple of screws but this instead. They looked like black plastic buttons.


On the new armrests, there are about a dozen of these pins
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Apparently, at the factory they must use some sort of hot iron to melt the pin into a rivet basically. The first thing to do was to Dremel off the buttons and using a sharp tool (I used a 1/4" wood chisel) pop off the remainder of the plastic. It takes a little gently wiggling to unclip the tray under the pull recess to dislodge the old armrest.

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Installing the new armrest proved tricky too, as you have to get the 'tray' (I don't know what else to call where you would pull the door closed if you didn't use the grab handle) clipped on on both the door and interior side. I think they install the armrest first and the tray last at the factory, so maybe it would be wise to order both and just grind out the tray rivets as well.

Then I went around each pin with a hot glue gun and reinstalled.


 

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The "rivets" are called plastic welding. It's fairly common.

As far as the hot glue method. I've had people come in at work who've had an independent shop do this and the hot glue doesn't bond very well to the plastic sometimes, then the part comes loose and rattles. You should be safe but I keep a cheap soldering iron just for melting the plastic. Smells terrible but I haven't had a comeback for it yet.
 

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The "rivets" are called plastic welding. It's fairly common.

As far as the hot glue method. I've had people come in at work who've had an independent shop do this and the hot glue doesn't bond very well to the plastic sometimes, then the part comes loose and rattles. You should be safe but I keep a cheap soldering iron just for melting the plastic. Smells terrible but I haven't had a comeback for it yet.
Yeah, I tried to be generous with it (the glue). Once the armrest is popped into place it really doesn't want to move - I momentarily considered not even gluing it.
 
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