'01 Cherokee "A" Pillar trim molding
I'm new to this forum. I have a problem which I hope someone could kindly lend me some guidance.
I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited (4 door, 2WD). I recently had to replace the headliner because the fabric was falling down in front of the windshield. This necessitated removing all the plastic trim that held the headliner in place against the ceiling. There are 3 metal clips that hold the "A" Pillar trim to the metal frame on the driver's side. Apparently, the headliner technician who removed the trim accidently broke off one of the clips that holds the "A" Pillar trim near the dashboard and the next one up got bent out of shape and would not clip back into the hole. The only clip left intact was the one next to the driver's seat. Well I went to factorychryslerparts.com and ordered a brand new vintage NOS "A" pillar trim molding which was the exact one that I needed . But it did not come with the metal clips attached to the new piece. I salvaged the 3 clips from the old broken trim to reuse in the new piece. However, this is where my dilemma starts. Each metal clip has 2 small slits to receive the plastic guide pins in the molding. But, how are these held in place?? I suspect that the factory used a heat iron to soften the plastic pin over the slit and thereby hold the metal clip tightly to the plastic trim piece. I see no other way to hold the plastic pins onto the molding. Just, fitting the clips onto the plastic is worthless since they just fall off. Has anyone here run into this same situation and can give me some guidance on attaching the metal clips back onto the new trim piece? Do the clips need a special glue to hold them to the plastic trim?
Second question.....the old "A" pillar trim is easily taken off by removing a couple of torx screws by the passenger door assist handle but when it gets down near the dashboard, I'm befuddled as to how to release the lip on the molding from behind the dashboard. It's not a very big lip at all but I cannot remove the trim by force without removing part of the dashboard plastic. Any ideas on this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you much!