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I recently noticed the driver-side rear fender trim seems to be displaced; pulling away from the Jeep body slightly.



When I inspect from top-down, I can see the plastic rivet is not properly secured/seated inside the trim piece to the body:



Pressing, tapping and smacking the trim piece does not seem to seat the rivet. I'm not sure how much force to apply here. I do not want to bend the metal portion of the clip.

I feel like I can almost get the flat blade of a screwdriver in there to coax the rivet back in by pressing on the head of the rivet.

Any suggestions to correct this small issue?
 

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I recently noticed the driver-side rear fender trim seems to be displaced; pulling away from the Jeep body slightly.



When I inspect from top-down, I can see the plastic rivet is not properly secured/seated inside the trim piece to the body:



Pressing, tapping and smacking the trim piece does not seem to seat the rivet. I'm not sure how much force to apply here. I do not want to bend the metal portion of the clip.

I feel like I can almost get the flat blade of a screwdriver in there to coax the rivet back in by pressing on the head of the rivet.

Any suggestions to correct this small issue?
seems like a good time to get the Bushwacker fender flairs :rolleyes:
 

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I noticed this on my 2011 this week as well! It's like you read my mind. I just had my hitch installed at the dealer last weekend. Could this be the culprit? Have you fixed it yet?
 

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let me know how it goes. i detail my jeep quite often and have never noticed this before, and i would have for sure. i am convinced it wasnt put back together right at the dealership, no surprise there. i may fool around with it as well once the weather lets up.
 

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I fixed it.

I pulled the trim piece back with my fingers, pulling out the first 3 rivets. I noticed the first rivet (the one in the the picture) seemed deformed (pointing left as shown above) and was only 1/2 way in the slot in the clip (plastic, not a metal clip). The clip seemed a bit deformed as well, from stress by appearances, but not broken.

I reoriented the rivet 180 deg and placed fully back into the clip slot - now skewed in the opposite direction.

I aligned the rivets with the holes and gave it a quick slap back into place. The trim popped right in and is now flush with the body. Snapped right in, clearly the was its supposed to be.

Odd, I have no idea how the trim might have become dislodged like that. There is no apparent damage or door dings on the trim.

Anyhoo, its fixed.
 

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cool thanks for the update. weird how this happened to me on the same year jeep. maybe some sort of assembly line problem not aligning the clips properly. Im gonna go and give mine a shot!
 
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