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Old 07-18-2015, 11:29 PM
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how to replace aluminum side trim

One of the aluminum runners on my door has fallen off. I tried to shove the trim back into the holes on the door but it will not stay. I also noticed some pushback and wanted to glue these to the door?

What kind of glue should i use? Also, how would you hold it down while it dries? A normal clamp would not be deep enough to hold the runner.

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Old 07-19-2015, 12:50 PM
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Don't do that unless your car is already a total beater. Google this part number: 001-988-20-81. The correct way to put that trim back on will be cheaper and faster than messing with an adhesive.
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:54 PM
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how do you remove the bent and cracked red clips from the pegs?
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:37 PM
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You'll have to carefully cut or pry them off.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:53 AM
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The original style red grommets are tough little buggers.

Use a utility knife (wear safety glasses) and try to soften them up with a heat gun or heat up some water then soak pieces of rag and wrap them for a couple of minutes.

Same goes for the reinstall, they are much easier to work with when softened up (the original red style go in fairly easily but the newer white/clear ones are impossible to work with unless heated).


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