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Door Sill Molding Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Sill Molding Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Door sill trim, trim clips

Hot Tip:

Have extra trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Refresh the look of your doorsill

Complementary Modification:

Replace both sides at the same time

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces. One covers the inner doorsill, and one covers the outer doorsill. The outer doorsill trim runs along the bottom of the body, trimming out the vehicle exterior.

These pieces wear out over time, usually because of weather and wear and tear. The sill trim has emblems that fail and fall off, and the finish becomes tarnished and scratched from entering and exiting the vehicle. You can replace the trim pieces separately. Be sure to have trim clips on hand.

Avoid marring the trim. Work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces.
Figure 1

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces. One covers the inner doorsill (yellow arrow), and one covers the outer doorsill (green arrow). The outer doorsill trim runs along the bottom of the body (red arrow), trimming out the vehicle exterior. Start by removing the wheel well trim from the front and rear wheel wells. See our tech article on wheel well trim replacing.

Start by removing the door seal.
Figure 2

Start by removing the door seal. Pull it up (green arrow) and remove it from the doorsill area.

Next, working in front of the rear tire (green arrow), remove the Phillips head screw (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, working in front of the rear tire (green arrow), remove the Phillips head screw (red arrow).

Next, working behind the front tire (red arrow), remove the three Phillips head screw rivets (green arrow).
Figure 4

Next, working behind the front tire (red arrow), remove the three Phillips head screw rivets (green arrow). There is one near the wheel well and two near the jack pad.

Working along the bottom of the sill trim, remove the four plastic rivets.
Figure 5

Working along the bottom of the sill trim, remove the four plastic rivets. Start by removing the center pin using a trim panel tool. Then remove the expanding rivet with the pin from the body (inset).

Next you will have to lever the sill trim clips out of the body.
Figure 6

Next you will have to lever the sill trim clips out of the body. Start near the rear wheel (red arrow). Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out each trim clip. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle and work my way forward.

Release the sill trim slowly down its entire length, disengaging each clip.
Figure 7

Release the sill trim slowly down its entire length, disengaging each clip. Most times these clips (red arrows) will break. Be sure to have new ones on hand.

You can see the clips (red arrows) on my vehicle broke during the process.
Figure 8

You can see the clips (red arrows) on my vehicle broke during the process. The red arrows point to broken clips still stuck in the body. If you're reusing the sill trim, be sure the clips mounts (green arrow) are not broken. If they are, replace the sill trim. Once the sill trim is removed, inspect the body for rust. The area behind the sill trim can rust and is sometimes hard to notice when it is in place. If you spot rust, now is a good time to repair it while you have it apart. You can sand it by hand and use a brush on primer and then use touch up paint. To install the new sill trim, line it up with the body and double check it is close to the correct position before clipping it in. Begin at the front of the trim. To engage the clip, press it firmly in the area of the clip with your palm. Work your way down the trim, ensuring each clip engages.



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