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Jan 22, 2014 23:19 |  #16

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Take it out of Auto. Auto is always problematic.

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Jan 22, 2014 23:22 |  #17

Actually come to think about it, it may better to drill off centre. Rather than resistance all the way around you are pulling up one end. Of course this all depends on how badly it is wedged in there.


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Jan 22, 2014 23:28 as a reply to  @ post 16628698 |  #18

if it can be removed easily put it in the freezer let it stay for an hour or two
then get a pan of hot water dip the botton in it and quickly flip it over and bang on a soft object. lenscap will be cold thus will shrink ,cup holder will be hot and expand ..
its an old bar trick( two glasses stuck together)


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Jan 22, 2014 23:57 |  #19

Might be screws on the side panel. Looks like if panel can be removed the holder might come out.


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Jan 23, 2014 11:27 |  #20

Use a hair dryer to warm an edge of the cap. Then try again to pry it up.

If that doesn't work, call Click and Clack.


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Jan 23, 2014 11:30 |  #21

Can you pry an exacto knife to squeeze the pinch button of the lens cap and make a small gap? If you can, tie a paperclip to a thread and push it into the tap. When you release the pinch button, the gap will close back down. Do the same on the other side. Then gently pull on the two threads side to side and pull the cap out.


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Jan 24, 2014 23:32 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #22

Just use a plastic magnet. ;)

I like the hot glue route as it is reversable and won't damage the cap.

If you have a small enough nozzle, compressed air under the cap via one side combined with a little WD-40 sprayed around the edge first.

Hairdryer on "melt" setting and focus on the cupholder. A small bent wire may be able to be forced around one side. Harbor Freight sells cheap picks bent at different angles. One of those would be great. A heat gun would also work but you need to be careful as you really would melt the cupholder.

If you end up buyng something for this task it would be more cost and time effective to simply buy another lens cap.




  
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Jan 24, 2014 23:46 |  #23

Take it back to the VW/Audi dealer and get your money back.


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Jan 25, 2014 00:12 |  #24

Drill an 1/8" hole though center of cap to relieve the vacuum suction , use a 2" or longer wood screw through the hole to remove it, reinstall cap and it now doubles as a pinhole camera mod.

Or, attempt above recommendations.


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Jan 25, 2014 14:24 |  #25

Enjoy your new "canon ultrasonic" cup holder and use it as an excuse to buy one of the new center pinch caps!




  
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Jan 25, 2014 17:05 |  #26

My thanks to those who made serious suggestions involving drilling, hot-glue guns, coat hangers, and compressed air as well as to those who made comical suggestions.

The cup holder is not removable, so grayline's old bar trick would not have worked. That might prove useful to know in other situations, however.

I was, at last, able to remove the cap. After innumerable close calls with my needlenose pliers, I noticed the crosshatching on the tips of the pliers and roughed up the edge of one of the pinch thingees on the cap to increase grip at that end. After several failed attempts and plenty of irritation, I got lucky and the cap popped out.

Sadly, I've done this before. So maybe I'll get to try a hot-glue gun next time.


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Jan 26, 2014 04:37 |  #27

Sadly, I've done this before.

Keep something else in there. Maybe a real cup. My wife keeps ours stuffed with a packet of tissues.

Alternately, consider it a good excuse for a new lens with a narrower diameter.


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Jan 26, 2014 06:20 |  #28

Great title!


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Jan 27, 2014 16:14 |  #29

tzalman wrote in post #16637551 (external link)
Keep something else in there. Maybe a real cup. My wife keeps ours stuffed with a packet of tissues.

Alternately, consider it a good excuse for a new lens with a narrower diameter.

Thank you for the suggestion. My wife, who was with me on the photo outing, spent much of the ride home battling the cap with her fingernails, then a business card, and finally a nail file. I expect she'll have the cup holder covered next time we're out.

I hadn't looked upon this as a potential gear-accumulation tactic. But now that you mention it …


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Jan 28, 2014 08:56 |  #30

Tedder wrote in post #16642038 (external link)
I hadn't looked upon this as a potential gear-accumulation tactic. But now that you mention it …

Any lenses you need to update? Might see if you can get one stuck in the cupholder under the guise of trying to remove the lens cap.


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