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Old 11-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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how to remove rocker panel molding

Back in 2010, I went to body shop to have the rocker panel molding on the driver's side removed. Before going there, I had removed the front wheel mud guard that covers the front end of the rocker panel molding. As I recall, the way they removed the panel was to apply some pressure (may take some strikes with a rubber mallet) to slide it forward or backward to make it slide off the fasteners holding it to the car. But, I can't recall which direction the force must be applied. Anybody know?

I guess it could also be pried outside to force the fasteners to either pop out or break.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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Knock them forward. To remove the clips, rotate them 45 degrees and they will slip out. When reinstalling the moulding, install the clips in the molding, then it can be installed straight into the holes. Remember you have to remove the gromments from the bottom as well before removing the molding.
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OK, good info. Thanks much.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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Well, I discovered I can't knock the molding forward because it has a lip at the back up which comes up above the bottom of the wheel well and there's almost no space there between the lip and the wheel well. So, I can't knock it forward and I'm wondering whether it needs to be knocked backward instead of forward. Photo below:


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pry it out some. it will come off. ive done it so many times.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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So, pry it out/down with enough force to make it clear the bottom of the wheel well and then knock it forward, right?
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yes. it should come right off.
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Well, I discovered I can't knock the molding forward because it has a lip at the back up which comes up above the bottom of the wheel well and there's almost no space there between the lip and the wheel well. So, I can't knock it forward and I'm wondering whether it needs to be knocked backward instead of forward. Photo below:

That should have been far enough forward for it to come off the clips.
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That should have been far enough forward for it to come off the clips.
No, that was it's position before I attempted to remove it. I had to pry down on the molding so that it could be persuaded forward with a rubber mallet. Then, it came off.
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Knock them forward. To remove the clips, rotate them 45 degrees and they will slip out. When reinstalling the moulding, install the clips in the molding, then it can be installed straight into the holes. Remember you have to remove the gromments from the bottom as well before removing the molding.
Awesome i was wondering about this, thanks
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