Removing the boot liner and side panels is normally a straight forward job. Just removing a few screws and plastic fixings?
Occasionally there will be something that won’t come undone or some weird fixing. Just take your time, and work out where and how it comes apart, a panel at a time…
The images from this example are from a Mini R57 convertible. Other vehicles will be similar…
Steps to take (to work out how it comes apart):
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Lift the boot (trunk) floor and place to one side. This should give easier access to the other trim panels in the boot (as they usually overlap).
Quite often, you can just lift the boot (trunk) floor straight out (for easy access to the tools and the spare wheel). Sometimes there are some clips; check before you lift it out.
The boot floor panel can be temporarily replaced later, to stop bits (fixings) falling into the recess.
The loading sill cover can overlap the side panels, so this may need to be removed? It will expose some cables (and the convertible top hydraulic pipes).
This is held in place by plastic pin clips. There is also a boot power socket that will need to be disconnected before the panel can be removed.
The corner trim panels are held in by two Torx screws on each side. The screws were removed and the plastic corner panel was turned through 90 degrees to remove it (there is a little bracket that passes through a hole in the corner panel).
The left-hand corner panel also has a switch that tells if the rear parcel shelf is in the upper or lower position (so that the convertible roof electrickery knows if it has room to stow the convertible top). Unplug this cable and remove the panel.
The rear seats will need to be folded flat to remove the side trim panels. Each side panel is held on by 2 plastic pin clips (One hidden by the rear seat).
To remove these:
After the boot liner side panel was loosened. The interior light was disconnected, by peering behind the panel and removing the cable.
The side trim panel is removed by gently easing the panel away from the wheel arch and roll bar pillar.
You may also find the rubber seal around the boot edge needs easing to release the side panel.
The side panel insert (or access panel) is used for gaining access to the rear lights. If you remove the side panel insert. It clips in (3 tabs) and is removed by gently persuading the tabs past the edge of the hole.
Replacement is the removal process in reverse, other than:
When refitting the boot liner side panel, it was easier to:
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