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.
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?
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.