Nissan 370z A Pillar Removal
Nissan 370z A Pillar Removal in a few easy steps.
To replace the windscreen for a Nissan 370Z you have to remove the left hand and right hand A pillar mouldings. This is not a complicated procedure, however, we do see many damaged trims as a result of clumsy windscreen technicians, or DIY guys.
Mostly inexperienced auto glass technicians are guilty for aggressively pulling and levering on these mouldings, assuming they are clipped in place. You could be forgiven for assuming this, at a glance the mouldings appear to be made up of two pieces. (False join in outer mould).
Be PATIENT not aggressive
Care must be taken to remove 370z A pillar moulds as a heavy handed approach will almost certainly result in these fragile mouldings being damaged. Just for the record, the mould for Nissan 370z are approximately $400/$500 Australian, at the time of this writing. In addition, they usually come as blanks (no paint), so breaking one is something you would rather avoid.
Good news. Simply follow the instruction provided by Service 8® Auto Glass and removing these moulds is easy. So, grab your tool box, lets get into it.
Important information about the A nissan 370z pillar trim
The moulding from the outside appears to be made of two pieces, however, it’s not. The moulding is a one piece moulding, that also contains a rubber door glass seal. This seals the electric window shut, so, don’t start yanking on stuff willy nilly, you will cause damage.
You may also want to take time to check if the front windscreen is generic. Look at the badge on the front windscreen, if it does not say Nissan, its a generic glass. If it is generic, then this indicates that the windscreen has been replaced before. Xinyi (XYG) is a generic brand of windscreens, as is Fuyao (FYG).
If it does have a generic windscreen installed then the moulding could be damaged already and may have been stuck back in place with windscreen adhesive. This is a common practice used by many inexperienced auto glass technicians to fix up mouldings they break whilst being careless.
Removing the “B pillar” trim
At the back of the door you will see the “B pillar trim”. You will have to remove this trim, as it has a screw behind it that fixes the A pillar mould in place from the back.
Three clips are used to attach the B pillar trim”. The top clip is a locating clip (one that does not clip in very tight) These clips are good as a starting point to “pry trims” as they are easy to lever open. Once un-clipped you can get your lever tool in further, close to the next clip. The closer to the clip the better when levering, you want to avoid bending the trim.
Start at the top with a plastic tool or trim remover and pry the first clip by gently levering it out. If its difficult to pop, it may be glued in place as we mentioned before. Be extra careful if this is the case.
Once the first clip is popped, you will be able to get your tool in further to lever the other two which are fastening clips. The trick is to get your lever tool as close to the clip as possible, this will reduce the chance of breaking the clip, or worse the trim. (see image of removed trim, for profile of clips and screw)
Removing the door seal
Remove the door seal in order to reveal the screws that attach the moulding to the body from the underside. Removing this is very straight forward, just start by removing the the bottom plastic trim that covers the door seal at the bottom. (see image below)
It’s removed by levering up and in. It’s held in place by several long locating slots and a couple of standard clips up front in the foot well. Just pop these out by levering straight outward.
Once removed you will then be able to remove the inner door seal that goes around the door 360 deg. Important Tip. Make a mark with a pen on the seal and the car body. When you put the seal back you can align the pen marks assuring the seal is installed back in the same location as before. The door seal has a varying profile that is required to go back the same way, so don’t just pull it out and put it back at random. You can thank me for this later…
Removing The A Pillar Mould Screws
Not a big deal, the A pillar moulding is attached by 6/7 screws that reside on the underside. You can now see these screws as a result of removing the door seal.
The A pillar mould screws are fixed into the back of the mould. Simply unscrew all screws and there is also a plastic press clip/stud, lever this out too.
Finally Removing The A Pillar Mould
Now you have removed all of the screws you can now simply lever the Trim off from the outside. Be careful as the trim is brittle. That said, the clips used to fix it in place are locating clips, so they do not take much force to un-clip.
Starting from the top, put you lever tool under the moulding and gently pry it. Get your prying tool as close to the clips as possible to avoid any damage. Each clip that comes free allows you to lift the trim a little more, which will enable you to see the next clip, then repeat.
Again be aware that if the glass has been changed before the last guy may have glued it back in place. This can make things a little more unpredictable.
Service 8® Auto Glass is always here to help, so if you are unsure give us a call and we can come out and do it for you. Service areas are Tweed Heads, Gold Coast & Townsville, Australia. Contact us.