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Interior Trim Removal/Installation - Pillar Areas - With Side Curtain Airbags

Front Pillar Trim
SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and the precautions and procedures before doing repairs or service.
NOTE:
  • Follow the front pillar trim installation procedure carefully; improper installation could cause the side curtain airbags to deploy improperly and possibly cause injury.
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • When removing components, use the trim tools or equivalent.
  • Take care not to scratch the trim and panels.
  • The upper clip in the front pillar trim (A) consists of a grommet (B) and a pin (C). The grommet expanded with the pin secures it to the body panel (D). The projections (E) on the pin is broken during removal, so the clip must be replaced with a new one when the trim is reinstalled.

  1. Hit the upper clip in the front pillar trim (A) with a rubber mallet. The clip is under the point (B) where the triangle mark (C) on the edge of the trim indicates. Hitting the clip breaks the projections (D) on the pin (E) and pushes it into the grommet (F) and against the body (G).
    NOTE: The clip must be replaced with a new one when the front pillar trim is reinstalled.

  1. Pull the top of the front pillar trim (A) back by hand to remove the upper clip (B) from the body (C).

  1. Pull the front pillar trim (A) by hand to detach the clips. Pull the trim up from the dashboard (B), then remove it.
  1. If the side curtain airbag has deployed, replace the front pillar trim with a new one.

  1. If the side curtain airbag has not been deployed, check the front pillar trim (A) and note the following:
    • To prevent the side curtain airbags from deploying improperly and possibly causing injury, inspect the front pillar trim and replace it if it has any of these types of damage:
    • -
      Any cracks, deformations, or stress-whitened areas in the front pillar trim
      -
      Any cracks or stress-whitening in the clip seating surfaces (B, C)
    • Replace the upper clip (D) with a new one.
    • Check if the clips (E) are damaged or stress-whitened, replace them with new ones.

  1. Before installing the front pillar trim (A), carefully remove a new upper clip (B).

  1. Carefully install a new upper clip (A) to the front pillar trim (B). Be sure that the grommet (C) is nearest to the top of the pin (D) as shown.

  1. Reinstall the front pillar trim (A).
    -1.
    Insert the bottom of the trim into the dashboard (B).
    -2.
    Place the trim over the front pillar (C), and fit its upper clip (D) and lower clips (E) into the holes (F) in the front pillar, then lightly push the trim into place.
    NOTE:
    • Make sure the side curtain airbag isn't tucked down under the clips and the ribs.
    • Push lightly on the upper clip. If you push too hard, the clip will be damaged, and it will not hold the trim properly.
  1. Reinstall the front door opening seal.

Center Pillar Upper/Lower Trim
SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and the precautions and procedures before doing repairs or service.
NOTE:
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • Take care not to bend or scratch the trim and panels.
  • When removing components, use the trim tools or equivalent.
  1. Remove these items:
  1. Slide the front seat forward fully, and put the rear seat in the normal upright position.
  1. Remove the seat belt lower anchor bolt (A).

  1. Remove the center pillar lower trim (A).
    -1.
    Pull the upper portion of the trim back to release the upper hooks (B).
    -2.
    Detach the clip by pulling the trim back by hand.

  1. Remove the upper anchor cover (A), and remove the upper anchor bolt (B).

  1. Remove the center pillar upper trim (A).
    -1.
    Pull the bottom of the trim back by hand to detach the lower clip (B).
    -2.
    Pull the upper of the trim back by hand to detach the upper clip (C).
    -3.
    Release the upper pin (D) by pulling the top of the center pillar trim and remove it from the headliner (E).

  1. Install the trim in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
    • Check if the clip (A) is damaged or stress-whitened, and if necessary, replace it with a new one.
    • To prevent the side curtain airbags from deploying improperly and possibly causing injury, inspect the trim and replace it, if it has any of these types of damage:
    • -
      Any cracks or deformations in the center pillar upper trim (B) and the upper hook (C)
      -
      Any cracks or deformation in the center pillar lower trim (D), and any breakage in the part (E) fitted with the center pillar upper trim
      -
      Any cracks or stress-whitened areas seating surfaces (F)
    • Replace any damaged parts with new ones.
    • Make sure the trim hook is installed into the body hole securely.
    • Push the clip and hooks into place securely.
    • Before installing the anchor bolt, make sure there are no twists or kinks in the seat belt.

Quarter Pillar Trim
SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and the precautions and procedures before doing repairs or service.
NOTE:
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • Take care not to bend or scratch the trim and panels.
  • When removing components, use the trim tools or equivalent.
  • RHD model is shown; LHD model is symmetrical.
  1. Remove these items:
  1. Remove the upper anchor cover (A) by releasing the hooks (B), then remove the rear seat belt upper anchor bolt (C).

  1. Remove the quarter pillar trim (A).
    -1.
    Pull the bottom of the trim back by hand to detach the clips (B, C).
    -2.
    Pull the trim down to release the upper hook (D) from the body hole (E).

  1. Install the trim in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
    • Replace any stress-whitened or damaged clips (A) with new ones.
    • To prevent the side curtain airbags from deploying improperly and possibly causing injury, inspect the trim and replace it, if it has any of these types of damage:
    • -
      Any cracks or deformation in the quarter pillar trim (B) and the upper hook (C), and any stress-whitened areas in the upper part of the trim
      -
      Any cracks or stress-whitened areas in the clips seating surfaces (D)
    • Replace any damaged parts with new ones.
    • Make sure the trim hook is installed into the body holes.
    • Push the clip and hooks into place securely.
    • Before installing the seat belt anchor bolt, make sure there are no twists or kinks in the seat belt.