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Posted by Luc on January 28, 2000 at 23:57:18:

In Reply to: I totally agree posted by Roy on January 28, 2000 at 12:08:57:

It's a straightforward job.
The trim on the bottom of the windows is held in place by the rubber inserts inside the trim. Put a small screwdriver underneath the trim (at one of the ends) and lift the trim upwards. It will come of very easily. On the front doors you will have to remove your rearview mirrors for easier removal/installation of the trim.
Removal of the trim along the roof line is also easy but the clips that hold the trim in place will break, especially when the car is older. The trim hooks on the edge of the roof and clicks in place. Start at the end on the A or C pillar. You need to pull the part of the trim that's underneath the roof edge towards you and at the same time upwards. This in a circular motion to release the trim from the clips. It's difficult to explain but I can email you a drawing if you need it. Use a second person to hold this trim while removing/installing it to prevent scratching the paintwork. Note the position of the clips.
You need to use new clips for the trim on the roofline. You'll need about 20 clips (a few cents each) to replace the broken ones.
When installing the new pieces, use some vaseline on the rubber inserts and the metal edges.
Installation is the reverse of removal. The trim on the bottom of the windows is pushed on the metal edge. The trim on the roofline is hooked over the metal and pulled down in a circular motion and then away from you underneath the edge. Make sure the trim "clicks" in place. For the roofline trim you should start installation at the C pillar and make your way to the front of the car. This way you can align the trim perfectly with the bodywork at the C pillar. If you start at the A pillar you don't have an exact indication of where to start; you may arrive at the C pillar with trim that looks too short or too long, if you know what I mean.

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