Inner Door Molding removal

Tiny
JAMES GILLIAM R
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • V6
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 98,000 MILES
I need to replace the rubber gasket that goes across the top of the doors that keeps the rain out.

No clue where to start plenty of old ones at Pull Apart, but no success trying to figure out the trick to removing the old one.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 7:10 PM

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Tiny
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Which Pull-A-Part? I've been to 16 of them. Real clean, and friendly people.

There's three ways rubber weatherstrip is held on. The most common used to be little white, yellow, or blue plastic tees that were slid into holes in the rubber. The stem had either a hook or some fins to hold it into the hole in the sheet metal. If you pull up on the rubber enough to see the hole in the metal, you'll see the tip of the hook. You can press that tip with a pick or small screwdriver to release it. When they have fins, use a side cutter to grab the piece just under the rubber then pull it up. Both of those can be reused.

On some newer cars there is a metal channel welded to the door, and the weatherstrip has two ribs molded in that hook in that channel. Removing them is easy. Just tug on it. To reinstall them, you push one side into one side of the channel, then work the other side in by pressing on it. You can spray the hook-part with Silicone Spray Lube to make it real slippery until that stuff evaporates. It doesn't help much for installing the weatherstrip, but it makes it slide sideways easily in case it's getting too bunched-up in one area and you need to tug it one way or the other.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 5:38 PM
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JAMES GILLIAM R
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:20 PM
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I was to all four in AL about four years ago. Also those in GA, TN, and KY. Go figure.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 8:07 PM

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