2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Simple Fix
October 08, 2009
In our last episode, the centrally-mounted window switches in our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT had fallen into the void. No doubt some overenthusiastic staffer and a friend had recently reenacted scenes from Sylvester Stallone's tour-de-force arm-wrestling movie, Over the Top.
Netflix can be a very dangerous thing, indeed.
By the G8 GT turned out to be much easier to fix than Lincoln Hawk's busted relationship with his son. In fact, it was so easy that I got it mostly fixed DURING my commute home while sitting stopped at a series of signals in horrible traffic. One particular signal cycled five times before I got through.
I had no instructions and no tools. I was merely bored and curious while I waited...and waited.
The interior parts of a car go on in layers and a lot of parts are held on with simple clips, so I started poking and tugging around the center console. Eventually, I discovered that the cutout for ther parking brake handle revealed an edge that moved when I tugged on it, and with care a strong plastic clip came loose. A-ha!
In less than two minutes of careful but firm tugging here and there, I found and unfastened six clips around the perimeter of this part.
The good part about not having any tools was this: I didn't mar the plastic like I might have if I'd used a screwdriver.
It became obvious that the switch assembly had been forced out of its own set of snap-clips at the back edge by some strong downward force. I could have snapped it back together and been done at this point, but I wanted to see if any of thes clips had been broken in the process.
Traffic cleared and the pace picked up (it had been a drug bust) so I waited until I got home to inspect everything and take pictures.
It turned out that all of the clips were fine. And they looked well-designed and robust, too. These parts were going to go back together just as before, with no trouble.
Assembly, as they say, is the reverse of removal. The last clip is back in place. I'm done.
The point is this: you don't have to go running to the dealer every time something goes wrong. There are a lot of simple fixes you can do yourself with patience and a cautious approach.
And no more arm wrestling in the car, people.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 33,033 miles