How to Take a Thule Rack Off of Your Car

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How to Take a Thule Rack Off of Your Car
Remove the Thule rack from your vehicle, but beware the lack of travelling options. (couple on bikes image by redrex from

The Sweden-based Thule Co. has made vehicle roof racks since 1962, evolving over the past four decades to incorporate a variety of carrying functions. On a basic Thule rack frame, attachments can modify your vehicle to carry items like skis, bikes, canoes, kayaks or cargo. The company makes their carrier mounts for a variety of makes and models of vehicles, but removing one is fairly straightforward no matter what kind of vehicle you're taking it from.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Thule Allen key for roof rack bolts
  • Thule AcuTight torque tool (if needed)

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  1. 1

    Open all vehicle doors on both sides of where each rack is mounted.

  2. 2

    Turn the bolt near the rubberised base of each Thule rack foot, unlocking each base mount. Wedge the plastic plugs from each lock with a flathead screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Loosen the roof clamp on each rack mount by turning the foot knob counterclockwise. Some models will require a special tool with a green handle for this task called an AcuTight measuring tool. Check with Thule to see if your particular model needs this tool.

  4. 4

    Slide a credit card under the rubber feet to peel them from the roof. Years of use can adhere the two firmly, but not permanently.

  5. 5

    Lift each rack bar, with their mounting feet still attached, from the roof.

Tips and warnings

  • Thule makes its racks for a variety of models of vehicle. If you want information specific to your vehicle, consult Thule's Fit Guide in the Resources section. Use the drop-down menus to find the exact rack installed on your model of vehicle.

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