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Old 03-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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What is this and how can I re-attach it?

A portion of the left, rear molding came off (see photos):


Figure 1 outside view


Figure 2 Front

Does anyone know how to re-attach it? If you look at figure 1, you can see the remnants of the original white clips attached to the carís body. I purchased replacement clips (figure 3), but I donít see how they would attached to the rear of the molding. The rear of the molding looks like the clips may have been glued to the molding Ė thereís remnants of dried glue on the back, but the clips I purchased donít have a flat surface on which to spread the glue.

Figure 3 Ė clips

I believe this to be the rear portion of item #13 (figure 5)in this OEM part drawing, except that the drawing doesnít show that part being in 2 pieces, nor does it show the clips used to attach the part to the body.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.


Figure 4 - item 13_a_
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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Same issue. Please help someone

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Those are the shitty exterior molds on E46. Pull it off the car. There are little angle clips that you must glue back on to the car with teh door shut. They fall off every single car.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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the clips attached to the molding are not sold separately,

you need to put the piece of trim together and use heavy duty double sided tape.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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So.... glue the #51138204858 clip to the trim itself THEN pop it in the hole?

Can someone PLEASE take a picture of the inside surface of this molding to show if there is a mating piece to the clip or just glue residue.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:51 AM   #6
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