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Windshield side trim - adhesive or no?

Discussion in '120-Series Toyotas' started by scottm, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. scottm

    scottm

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    The rubber trim that comes down from the roofrack along the side of my windshield has come loose. It was re-used a few months ago when I bought the truck and had the windshield replaced. A Toyota mechanic told me it is supposed to have adhesive, but I see no trace from the factory or the replacement job, so I'm skeptical about that. It looks to me like it has a hook-shape to the channel. I bashed it in with my hands (no hammer near my new windshield), and it looks right and held for the highway drive home. I'll throw a roll of duct tape in the back in case it comes apart again, but what's the proper solution?

    '03 4Runner.
  2. Trevor

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    Dunno, but my '07 has the same problem as you describe. I had the windshield replaced two years ago, and the 'tech pointed it out. Doesn't look like there's any adhesive under mine.
  3. scottm

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    I found it in a repair manual I downloaded, looks like no adhesive, it just hooks in. I'll tap it down better with a rubber mallet I guess.

    Is yours loose? I might have lost the whole piece up the roof if I hadn't noticed it loosening and quickly grabbed it. I'm going to be nervous about this driving three hours on the highway to my job. I might not even notice it in the dark.
  4. UltraFJ

    UltraFJ ที่นี่และมี SILVER Star

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    There is definitely none from the factory.

    Take it off and use a poly type adhesive to secure it once you're home. I had mine off a time or two, never had any issues with it coming off without adhesive, but the last time I assembled it I used a "Goop" type trim adhesive/sealant just to be safe.

    If you were to lose it, that's probably a $200 part from the stealer.
  5. UltraFJ

    UltraFJ ที่นี่และมี SILVER Star

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    To get it further into the crevice that it sits, use a thin shim or piece of wood (smooth and rounded) so to avoid scarring the rubber.
  6. scottm

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    I pounded it in there by hand, seems to be holding well. I'll mash on it again with a rubberhammer before driving to O'Hare in the morning. Hate to glue it in, could get expensive replacing the whole rail next time I need a windshield.
  7. UltraFJ

    UltraFJ ที่นี่และมี SILVER Star

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    Thats the thing with a poly type adhesive. It sticks but isn't stuck, if you get my drift.

    Additionally, I wouldn't use adhesive on the entire run, just in three spots; base center and top.
  8. scottm

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    Yeah, caulk would hold about right. I drove it an hour on the highway, will get in it tomorrow night and drive home, seems to be holding even though I didn't pound it in after the first try. Maybe they just didn't do it when they replaced the windshield a few months ago.
  9. beaufort-fj60

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    mine keeps popping up on my 05... just on the drivers side
  10. scottm

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    I forgot about this, it hasn't come out since I gave it a good pounding in with my hand.

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