Plastic Christmas Tree Fasteners Are The Bane of My Existence

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Christmas time is upon us, meaning its time to gather your friends and family around the Christmas tree that you recently broke while removing your door panel, and sing songs about how crappy a fastener that little plastic thing is.

I like bolts. Mostly because I don’t have to be careful removing them unless they’re rusty. Plastic “Christmas Tree” fasteners, though, are not cool. I break them. I bend them. I get tired of trying to fit my invaluable trim removal tool underneath their heads.


I know they’re light, cheap, and they allow a single factory worker to apply a car’s entire front clip in seconds, but they make me sad. Clip after clip. Ruined.

Random Flickr-er Tom agrees:

Garbage american door panel fastener (retaining pin) will self destruct when removing panel. Enjoy those rattles when your power windows break. I really hated these things in my crown vic. If you’re lucky they self destruct like this. If you are unlucky they break the plastic part and if you’re really unlucky and have a super shitty cardboard car they rip right through the cardboard and you need a new interior door panel

I feel you, Tom.

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio