had a 85° day so I got the car out to
wash it for the first time this spring. Every time I was the car the trim pops off at
the front of the door. This time I noticed the loose
trim is damaging the paint. That will NOT do. I
wrapped a small tool in duct tape and popped the trip the
rest of the way off.
clips are the culprits. One was missing and another
was mangled. Lucky for me I purchased some extras on
e-Bay. In the picture a tired clip is on the left and
a new on on the right. The longer "fingers" go under
the angled bottom edge of the trim while the short fingers
are supposed to trap the lip on the other side of the trim
They don't fit very well and probably never did.
clips are starting to rust so I strung them on a wire for
painting. Once the paint was dry I tweaked them
carefully to fit better in the trip. The clip seems to
rely on the pressure against the door to fit. They
don't "snap" into the trip at all. I broke the
questionable clip at this point so I used two new ones.
initial attempt involved putting the clips in the trip and
trying to fit it on the door as a unit. That resulted
in clips all over the floor. I figured out that I
could get two clips started then slip the next one in.
That took three hands but allowed me to work my way along
the strip snapping as I went. I could not take
pictures of this stage but the results were good. I am
worried about the state of the other clips since these were
starting to rust. It was sufficiently a PITA that I do
not want to pull the trim for no reason though.
Something else to worry about.