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Old 05-08-2002, 09:12 PM
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126 chrome strip on door

Hey the chrome strip that runs on the doors in between the painted body and lower body that is grey on my car, has become bent.

I want to get the strip off and see if I can straighten it out but I don't know how to remove it. Should I just pry it off with a screw driver or is there a special way to do it?
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Old 05-08-2002, 09:22 PM
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I am not totally sure on this.. but when I removed the chrome grille strips, you slid them off. See if you can take that panel off and slide it. I doubt you need to pry them off like that, but I hope others can help you on this since I am not totally sure.
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Old 05-08-2002, 10:00 PM
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From the part that's bent I can see that it's held into the door by plastic knobs that go in holes in the door. That's why I thought I couldn't just slid it off, and I tried sliding it off. It didn't work, but thanks for the help anyway.
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I'm in the exact same predicament. Mine was bent, but I think I am going to replace it with a new one. I don't think bending it back will look right. I don't know how to get it off either, but I think that we're going to have to take the entire plastic moulding off, and then the chome strip is attached from behind somehow. My best guess.
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Old 05-09-2002, 02:04 AM
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funny this topic should come up.

I'm going to replace one of the chrome strips on my rear door tomorrow.

bottom line, yes, you need to remove the plastic panel FIRST. After you have the panel off, you'll understand why.

Depending on WHICH plastic panel it is, there is a technique for removing it. Make sure you know the secret before trying or you could very easily end up damaging it.

Once the panel is off, you CAN gently force the chrome strip out w/o doing any damage....this is what I've done.

...then simply reinstall the new/repaired strip in reverse order.
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Good deal Chris, thanks. Just a question...I asked about getting a strip at the dealer, but I am pretty sure they told me that I had to buy the whole plastic moulding. Where did you get your strip? Do you have a part number? And do you know how to get the panel off or where I could find out? Again, thanks!
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Old 05-09-2002, 02:16 AM
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Somehow I doubt the chrome strip is available separately. I happened to order some used panels from Fastlane last week and replaced them....well, two of the three they sent me. One of them that they sent was the wrong color (brownish instead of grey). Phil told me to keep it while he's sending the correct colored one.

So....after RE-looking at the rear door panel on my car, I think I'm going to leave it on BUT replace the chrom strip using the one off of the wrong color panel I received.

The only problem with the panel on my car is that the chrome strip is badly creased about half the length.

so....you'll prolly either need to find a panel with a good chrome strip in the bone yard, or get one from FastLane for pretty cheap ,depending on which panel it is, and then cannabalize it for the chrome strip.

Which panel is it your wanting to take off?
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The passenger side rear. That really sucks that you can't get that part separately. What did you pay for the whole panel if I may ask?
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Don't have the receipt near me but I think I paid something like $50. In case you hadn't looked to see what these things cost new.....don't; it's insane. Cheapest I could find that piece was for $170.

coincidentaly, the passanger rear is the same one I'm replacing the chrome strip on. This one is also a little more involved.

On the tail end of the chrome strip (towards the rear of the car) there is a piece that has a bolt that goes thru the door and has a nut on the inside. You'll have to pull away the rubber moulding to access the nut. After that, you're on your own as to figuring out how the heck to get that nut off....that's one of the things I'm going to find out from Donnie tomorrow at MB Autowerks.

Then, on the front end, there's a slide clip. Leave this one alone for a minute.

In between the two end, right behind the chrome strip, are two or three pop-out things. I used a wooden paint stir stick to help pop them out.

Once that is done, you'll have the rear end chrome section unbolted and the two or three middle pop-out things undone.

Now, you have 3 or 4 of those pop things down below the chrome strip. Stick that piece of wood up under the panel from the bottom and use it to help pry the panel outwards away from the door. It may take some tugging to get them to pop out...it did on mine.

Once those are all undone, then you should be able to slide the whole panel off.

Easy, huh?

Not sure about the front doors, but the other two small pieces are cake. You just pry them out from the bottom like before and them pull the panel downwards towards the ground.

I'll see if I can dig up some pix or something that show how that rear door panel comes off tomorrow after I get back from the shop. It's *definitely* confusing if you don't have an idea of what's happening back there.
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Thanks for all the info. I thought it would have been an easier job but some pictures might help.
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Sorry for the delay....spent ALL day at the shop getting various things done.

Snowman, if you'll give me or email me your email address, I'll send you a pix that shows the door and the MB instructions for getting that panel off.

regarding that nut, at the shop, the tech just used a small socket (like the kind that fit on the end of the nut driver wrench) to fit into that little hole.
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Could you send me those pics too?? Thanks

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Oh sorry about the late response. snowman1@ameritech.net
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