How to Remove a Honda Civic Door Molding

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The door molding on a Honda Civic door may need to be removed if you are doing body work. The molding, which runs down the center of the door is held in place with retaining pins. The door has small slots cut into it, and the pins are inserted into the slots and catch on the backside of the door. To remove the molding, you'll need to use a special trim removal tool available at most auto parts stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Trim removal tool
  • Protective cloth or rag
  • Heat gun
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation Hondas

  • Heat the molding with a heat gun set on the highest setting. Older Hondas used an adhesive backing on the door molding. The molding needs to be heated, so that the adhesive will become soft enough to pry up on.

  • Place a protective rag against the door, below the molding. This will be used to protect the molding.

  • Gently wedge the teeth of the removal tool under the molding, at one end.

  • Pry up on the molding and work your way down the molding until the entire piece has been removed. The molding is nothing more than ABS plastic, so be careful. These moldings will break easy if you pry too hard on them.

Some 4th Generation and all 5th Generation Hondas

  • Remove the screws holding the interior door handle and door arm rest in place.

  • Wedge the teeth of the trim removal tool behind the interior door panel, along the top of the panel.

  • Pry the interior door panel off. You will only need to partially remove the door panel, so don't worry about making sure that the whole assembly comes off.

  • Reach down behind the door panel and pinch the tabs on the retaining clips inside the door panel with a pair of pliers and push the clip out, so that it no longer catches on the inside of the door panel.

  • Pull the panel off the door from the outside.

References

  • Honda Civic 2001-2005, CR-V 2002-2006 Repair Manual by Haynes; Robert Maddox, John H. Haynes; 2009
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