Loose front arch panel

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Hi, when driving in high wind recently the front panel on the fixed part of the arch came loose (and nearly blew off completely!). I managed to fix it back on, but now every time I drive in a slight wind or at speed it comes loose again.

What's the best thing to use to secure it? Some sort of glue? All of the fixings seem to be there, I'm guessing that they have become too loose to click into place.
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Hello rachpid

I presume you're taking about the wheel arch liner?

If you can be confident that the mounting parts aren't damaged, you could try new fixings. They are available on ebay for a few pence.

As an alternative, especially if the mountings have damage you could replace the fixings with appropriately sized pop rivets. Where you can get access to both sides of the panel you can even put a reinforcing washer behind the rivet. Done properly, nothing will come off, but you can if needed drill the rivets out should access ever be needed.

Gaffer tape has its uses, however I don't recommend it for this job :lol:
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Hi, no sorry am talking about the roof arch panel - it's the panel on the fixed part of the roof arch (silver on mine) on the driver's side that has come loose.
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In that case I'm not sure. I would think they are similar to the roof trims on standard C3s that clip over the gutter seam, if they are then glue might work. We had a problem with the roof trims on our standard C3, after much messing I replaced them with new and it's been fine since. But, as I say, I'm not familiar with the Pluriel.
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