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How do you remove number plates?

Still have the old car (look at items for sale for Renault Espace...great deal!) and got interchangeable number plates for old and new car.


Question: how do you remove the plates? I cannot see any screw or rivet. Tried to slide it sideways, lift it up and down, push it in...nothing happened. I don't want to force it, worried it might snap.


Google search or Youtube did not help, as the Swiss plates are not fixed the same way as what was demonstrated.
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Old 08.07.2015, 10:40
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Re: How do you remove number plates?

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Still have the old car (look at items for sale for Renault Espace...great deal!) and got interchangeable number plates for old and new car.


Question: how do you remove the plates? I cannot see any screw or rivet. Tried to slide it sideways, lift it up and down, push it in...nothing happened. I don't want to force it, worried it might snap.


Google search or Youtube did not help, as the Swiss plates are not fixed the same way as what was demonstrated.
Lift up the plastic at the top & the plate should slide up. If you want to change between 2 cars get the spring fitting ones from Migros or CoOp.
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Old 08.07.2015, 10:44
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Re: How do you remove number plates?

It depends.

Several of mine are screwed on, one riveted on.

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Old 08.07.2015, 11:01
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Lift up the plastic at the top & the plate should slide up. If you want to change between 2 cars get the spring fitting ones from Migros or CoOp.
They vary a bit. My last one had a plastic strip at the bottom within the frame wich you pulled out then the plate slid out downwards. No idea what the current one has....
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Old 08.07.2015, 11:20
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Still have the old car (look at items for sale for Renault Espace...great deal!) and got interchangeable number plates for old and new car.


Question: how do you remove the plates? I cannot see any screw or rivet. Tried to slide it sideways, lift it up and down, push it in...nothing happened. I don't want to force it, worried it might snap.


Google search or Youtube did not help, as the Swiss plates are not fixed the same way as what was demonstrated.


There are a few basic types.


SOFT, with a countinuous (generally half round) plastic rim which clicks into place around the edge. Pry off gently, and the plate falls out.


TRAPS, the edge is usually a square section, with one edge (either upper or lower) which either flips out of the way (small rectangular slots to release the hinged flip out part), or a single edge which slides out horizontally (this removable section is the bit that will have the garage/dealers name printed on it). In both cases once you remove or release the retainer you can lift the plate out or it will fall out.


QUICKIES: Also usually a square section edge. Spring loaded. You push the plate up against a spring in the upper rebate (usually with a screwdriver) until the lower edge clears the rebate then a spring in behind pushes the edge of the plate out.


QUICK CHANGE: The plate is fixed to a bracket which has a pair of spring loaded pins which detent onto a 2nd bracket fixed to the car. Press the whole plate and frame either left or right, it will move about 1cm in one direction, then tilt the plate and frame out at the side you are pressing from, to disengage the non sprung pins from the bracket. These are good if you have a Wechselnumber but stick out farther than the other variations above.


Glue and screws would be two more possibilities. but the vast majority are one of the 4 above.


The other alternative is wait until it is -40 then drive into a snowbank. 10 km/h is usually sufficient.
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Old 08.07.2015, 11:28
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Re: How do you remove number plates?

With me it usually (that is, three or four times in total) goes like this:

1. I know it's just a question of sliding the right bit, so this'll just take a second or three... just lightly push this bit here... bugger, which bit slides again?
2. OK, so this isn't as simple as I thought, so let's poke around a bit more and try and push the whole plate left, right, up and down - no, still no joy .
3. Right, now I've got dirty hands anyway, so lets grab the whole assembly and vigourously twist and pull... nope, that's not getting anywhere, and now I've got my shirt cuffs dirty and caught my finger on a sharp bit of metal.
4. Getting angry now, so it's time for the tools to come out - I'm sure if I just lever this bit off with the screwdriver it's going to let it slide... or will it just ping back into place catching the edge of my hand with it? Sh1t.
5. Brute force time? No, I'm just using my foot to try and push it across, cos it's got more grip than my now filthy and bleeding hands, I'm not actually kicking the hell out of the damn thing... oh yes I fsking am now.
6. Now I've twisted my ankle as well, the screwdriver's slipped and left another hole in my other hand, there's a huge scratch on the bodywork and frankly I;m going to rip the whole assembly off soon.
7. Success! Brute force did the job, and it's not damaged very much at all, honest.
8. Aah, now I see how to do it - just press this bit here, push this bit up and slide across, so simple, it should have only taken me a few seconds.
9. Mental note: next time I do this I'll remember how it works so as to avoid all the pain and swearing.
10. GOTO 1.
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6. Now I've twisted my ankle as well, the screwdriver's slipped and left another hole in my other hand, there's a huge scratch on the bodywork and frankly I;m going to rip the whole assembly off soon.
7. Success! Brute force did the job, and it's not damaged very much at all, honest.
8. Aah, now I see how to do it - just press this bit here, push this bit up and slide across, so simple, it should have only taken me a few seconds.
9. Mental note: next time I do this I'll remember how it works so as to avoid all the pain and swearing.
10. GOTO 1.

Given your location I would suggest waiting for a cold snap and finding a snowbank.
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Old 08.07.2015, 13:39
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With me it usually (that is, three or four times in total) goes like this...
When my wimpy brute force was not enough, and I was sufficiently dirty and bloody, I went upstairs and got the big burly guy of our building and pleaded in my pathetic German for him to help. Even he had to work quite a bit but got the plate off without damaging it or the car. We studied the empty holder for several minutes trying to see what the easy solution was, but never found it. No matter, the car and its old plate holder went to the new owner. Not my problem any more!
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