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Posted - 04/18/2004 : 11:39:33 I suggest always installing new moulding clips. Because they are screwed in place they must be installed BEFORE the glass. Breaking a used clip while installing mouldings can ruin your weekend!
I start with the lower strips first. The one with the stepped end first and then the one that slides into it. The upper pieces are last... same way, stepped one first. These can be a nightmare! The lower corners have a tendancy to pop up.
A couple tricks that help with this problem, along with a bucket load of patience:
1. I made a special tool to reshape the edge on the moulding that the clips grab. Often this edge becomes bent outward or otherwise misformed. The tool is made from an ordinary vise-grips and has 16ga. 1 1/4in. x 2 1/2in. "bills" welded to it. This is used to straighten the moulding edge without damaging the outer visible area. Sometimes it helps to "tweek" the angle inward slightly too.
2. Another trick that can help is to give the moulding a twist (while off the car). This will give it a slight "preload" causing it to pull the corner down and keep it from popping up. This is especially helpful with manhandled moulding that were difficult to get off because of Chrysler's sealer compound.
AND finally, if you think fitting these are bad on your own car, imagine doing it on a customer's car where you have to bill for "simply popping on the rear window trim"!!!