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Old 05-23-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Removing Rear Window Trim

I've Given this a good look over for answers, and while I've found out that the trim around the rear window of an 04 WRX can be removed, I'm not exactly set on how this is done. Reasoning behind this is that I've got a nasty leak somewhere along that seal and need to get back to shoot ungodly amounts of silicone into it.

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Old 05-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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That piece is held on with a series of clips underneath it.

9 times out of 10 you will break all of the clips when removing

You may even break the trim if you're not careful.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's what I had figured.. Just finished paying the price for yanking a B pillar cover off anyways.

Quick solution though was to take an *entire* tube of clear silicone and, after allowing afflicted areas to dry, hit the instep of the rear window seal with a good sized bead, and wiped away the excess. The odd thing was that the leak came into the truck via. a hollowed compartment near the corner of the trunk, as well as on the inside of the quarter panel, seeming to come from the 'slide' that the sunroof vent rests on. Taking what silicone I had left, and drilling a hole in the lowest part of the hollowed compartment to allow drying, I shot silicone into that hollow area until the tube was gone.

I, to this point, still have absolutely no idea where the actual breach is in the exterior. The friend I bought this from had slid it into a pole, and had some interesting damage on that same side, so I'm thinking there's a seam/seal somewhere under that trim peice that's broken loose
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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You can track the leak back to its source with food dye.

Place a small drop at a point in the track and then poor a cup of water to wash it down. Have a roll of paper towels to soak up the water in the trunk and use them to gauge the dyes presence. Keep moving the dye drop till you have isolated the source area then start removing trim and other bits to find it.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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Good advice, I actually read this and ended up taking all of the colours in the food colouring box and dripping each down the trim in increments. I did this 3 times, working my way down the window until I was down to dripping the yellow and green at the base of the window, and about 3/4 ft up the window, accordingly. When the wash leaked through yellow, I tracked it down there.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:44 AM   #7
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Back from the dead. Wanted to post this because I couldn't find this info which would have been helpful. I Just removed my '03 wrx sedan roof molding pieces with minimal damage to where I can reuse the clips (with a small caveat). There are 3 different types of clips holding each molding on. Of coarse you have to be very gentle and patient to not break the clips (any more more than necessary) and to not bend the molding out of shape.

1. First pull straight up on the end by the windshield. That clip comes straight out pretty easily but don't pull up further than needed to clear the clip. That is the only clip like that (one at front of each molding). The next clip is pretty close to this one (see no. 2).

2. The second type of clip is used along the remaining roof portion of the molding. I think there were 3 of these. They slide backward (one of mine was forward "don't know if it was that way from the factory or if someone had them off before?") by slightly lifting the molding to gain access then put a flathead screwdriver on the clip and give the screwdriver handle a pop with the palm of your hand. These should slide fairly easily. If one of these seems to be stuck, try sliding it forward (toward front of car) instead. Once these clips slide about 3/4 inch in the correct direction, they release from the metal "nail heads" of the roof and stay attached to the molding.

3. The third type of clip is used along side the rear window. These are the ones that are designed to be one-time use only and will have to break a little to get them out but if removed carefully, can be reused if you're not a perfectionist. There are 4 of these and the rear-most one is slightly different but attaches the same way as the others. I removed these with a smaller flat head screwdriver. I began by slightly twisting the loose end of the molding (roll top toward the center of the roof) (carefule not to bend) holding pressure then insert screwdriver into the notch in the center of the clip (on the metal/paint side of the clip) and pry against the metal/paint in an attempt to lift/"roll" the clip out of its place (rolling the outer face of the clip toward the center of the car). You will see where the small piece of plastic breaks away (the part that holds the clip to the metal "nail head" of the car) but when I put mine back together, it seemed sturdy enough and fine. Also, at this point, it would be cheap enough to just order replacement clips if you like your stuff done right. Another option would be a dab of adhesive on the broken clips before clipping it back together.

The reason I took these out is because I'm painting my car. For anyone else doing the same, you will be happy to know the following:
The rubber seal along the top of the rear window just pulls off. Same with the windshield molding. The moldings on the door windows (aka: belt molding) have screws to remove from inside the door (fronts have 1 screw and rears have two) then you can slide the molding out toward the back of the car. The rears have an end-cap at the front side that slides out forward allowing the molding to slide backward. This leaves the clips in place so they don't break. It can be a little tricky getting them back in this way but patience is rewarding. That sounded like a fortune cookie

For the weather stripping and trim around the top of the doors: Pull rubber downward at each door opening and let it hang from the ends and in the middle at the b-pillar. This exposes all the little screws to remove the metal trim piece

To remove the door handles: there are two bolts on each handle accessible from the inside (with interior panel removed).
Fronts: One is accessed through an inside opening while the window is up. The other screw while window is down.
Rears: Can get both screws with window up.
After screws are out, wiggle the handle out. The lock assembly will slide out and stay in the door. You have to release the rod/arm/linkage that opens the door. Release it from the handle by rotating the colored plastic clip of the rod then the rod slides out.

That was all I had to do for a proper paint job prep (trim-wise anyway)

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