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I'm getting ready to have my windshield replaced (thanks Safelite for turning a small chip into a crack that goes clear across my windshield). I've removed all the trim before for various reasons...BUT, I've never taken the one off the top; where the painted metal meets the glass. I can save almost a hundred dollars by removing everything, including the wiper motor so all they have to do is replace the glass.

I can feel that top trim piece has some flex with my fingernail. I would assume it has push in keepers like the side trim pieces?

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I can't answer your question, unfortunately. I have only every messed with the small metal clips that hold the side trim in place and I don't know if they are the same for the top.
I did want to ask, what is the plan for the plastic channel at the bottom of the glass that holds the rubber molding in across the width of the windshield? I remember reading a thread years ago that mentioned that channel does not come with glass from places like Safelite. My windscreen is fine but my channel is all busted up. I don't know what options there are as I don't think it's available as a separate part.
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The manual makes it look like you just pry off from the end with a plastic tool. Still makes one nervous until you actually see underneath. Good luck.
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Yes they pry off. If you can, pull some spare clips from a junkyard because its easy to have one or more pull off or break. The rivets are aluminum so drilling them out is easy. As for the wiper motor, I don't think that comes off for new glass.

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I can't answer your question, unfortunately. I have only every messed with the small metal clips that hold the side trim in place and I don't know if they are the same for the top.
I did want to ask, what is the plan for the plastic channel at the bottom of the glass that holds the rubber molding in across the width of the windshield? I remember reading a thread years ago that mentioned that channel does not come with glass from places like Safelite. My windscreen is fine but my channel is all busted up. I don't know what options there are as I don't think it's available as a separate part.
For the attaching the rubber molding, I've read some people glue it into the broken channels. I chose to carefully apply horizontal strips of electrician's tape to secure the molding to the windshield. It blends in nicely and keeps water flowing in the right direction.
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Thanks guys! I'm very familiar with the moldings channels and those riveted receivers. I've used a rivet gun to put them back in...easy peasy. The old rivet remnants punch out easy and standard size US aluminum rivets seem to work just fine.

As far as the bottom moldings....I made the best two from the four I had. If your clip receivers are all in place, when you snap the molding in, it will hold those thin rubber strips in place against the glass.....although I swore the next time I did that, I'd glue them back on.

What worries me about the top piece is the shape....I'm betting if you get Medieval the bow shape could be destroyed. I have tiny plastic wedges and so I'll try prying from the ends. I do have the donor car if things go south.

Screw Safelite....I'm taking them to Small Claims Court if I ever find the paperwork I had before the move. But it's useless just to serve the company...the sheriff has to serve the manager or owner of the company by name. I have to figure out through WA State what jackass owns that particular franchise.

I don't trust the glass guys around that wiper motor...easier to just take it out for them. Gives them a clear, unobstructed shot at the glass.

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Kevin the bowing in the trim should be the least of your worries. Before the windshield is put in , check the bow in it to make is is close to the same as the original.
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Seal the ends of the glass with silicone or similar especially at the bottom corners.
I did this to my new screen in 2015 in an attempt to stop future milking/delaminating through capillary action.
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