Originally Posted by Cronic
Kinda ot but how do those pieces come off? Do they just pop straight off? I noticed my driver side lifting on the front and am wondering if I can maybe just change the forward most clip.
The FSM shows that there are 8 clips on each side plus some adhesive tape holding down each molding piece. The FSM also suggests using a molding tool. I purchased a set of the trim tools form Harbor Freight for cheap. Less than $15.00.
There are a couple of different clips for each side though so if you are changing the forward most clip, make sure you order the correct one. I have attached the parts diagram showing which clips are used in which location. I hope that helps.
I plan on just pulling the molding off and working on it when I get a chance. It looks like the sun is making it worse every day. I went by my local Lexus dealer and they said it would not leak if I left the molding off for a little while. They did say it could cause more wind noise though. I will take that chance.
Still open to suggestions as to an adhesive that would work without eating up the plastic molding or the painted surface. it appears like it could be vinyl.