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Unread 10-10-2009, 07:36 AM   #1
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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee body seal replacement

Newly acquired 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a damaged driver side door seal. I have bumped it a few times myself exiting the vehicle so now it is in shreds. Looks like the seal comes off pretty easy until I get down around the scuff plate. I will have to remove the scuff plate because the seal runs under it. In removing the scuff plate the service manual says: "Use a TRIM STICK to disengage the retaining tabs". What does this mean? How are the tabs disengaged? I seems the trim stick is just another name for a pry bar. I tried to gently lift up the scuff plate by hand but it did not budge. Does the trim stick have a special way of disengaging the tabs? Should I just pull harder? I don't want to damage anything so what is the best way to proceed? Thanks.


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Unread 10-11-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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Unread 10-12-2009, 01:41 PM   #3
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Sounds to me its like what you described a pry bar. Did some searching on the web and came across this SPX Miller Special Tools | Detail: C-4755 - TRIM STICK
Its most likely a plastic or rubber coated tool to pry up the scuff plate without scratching things up.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 01:50 PM   #4
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A trim stick is a small piece of rigid plastic that is tapered at the ends to allow removal of interior trim. Kinda looks like a putty knife, only plastic.

EDIT: And then there's ones that look like the one posted above.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #5
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The other question was about the scuff plate. Is this something that I pull up on or pry up, or are there screws hidden somewhere? Just don't want to damage anything.
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You're likely not pulling hard enough, but I will say the plastic is very cheap, and will break. I broke one of the tabs on mine, but just one.... still fits fine.

Cheap plastics is everyone's sore thumb right now, but if you want *really* cheap plastic, sit in a later model Toyota. They and Chrysler are the current kings of cheap plastic!!!!
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Unread 10-12-2009, 10:14 PM   #7
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I did the door seal replacement on my 05 WK a few months ago. Simple. The sill plate comes right out. I pulled mine off, no probem. Pops right back in. No more wind noise!
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You're likely not pulling hard enough, but I will say the plastic is very cheap, and will break. I broke one of the tabs on mine, but just one.... still fits fine.

Cheap plastics is everyone's sore thumb right now, but if you want *really* cheap plastic, sit in a later model Toyota. They and Chrysler are the current kings of cheap plastic!!!!
I am thinking that there is a correct way to use the pry bar to prevent the damage you speak of. In my service manual I see two layers to the scuff plate sandwiched together. Do they come off together or one at a time? The tabs are in different locations so I assume you put the pry bar right under each tab location and pry up. This would put maxmum effort where it counts and hopefully prevent damage. Sound right?
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Unread 11-12-2009, 05:46 PM   #9
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All done! I found a pry bar set (4) on eBay - much better than the MOPAR product for half the money and carfully pryed up the scuff plate. Replaced the entire body seal I got from the dealer and snaped the scuff plate back in place. I will keep the old body seal in case I need to do a repair around the rear of the door (where my rear hits the door). Thanks for all your help.
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