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diy a pillar clip repair

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself Articles - How To's & Product Revie' started by stacks04, May 20, 2008.

  1. stacks04

    stacks04 McLovin

    May 9, 2008
    terryville ct
    this is a diy for your a pillar attachment clip. this was originally posted elsewhere on the net, by alligator diesel performance. i placed it here for the help of any individual having this same issue.

    Have you ever pulled off the A Pillar and the brass colored clip fell off? This usually means that it won't be re-installed again due to the plastic the holds it has been wore out. When this happens, you normally have to go down to the GM dealer and buy a new pillar or a bag of new clips. Well, i decided to fix the problem once and for all. It only takes about 5 minutes from start to finish and cost's about $.10, so I have coined it the "Ten Cent Clip Fix". I have used this on about 30 occasions and haven't had one fail yet.

    Tools needed, a drill, a 1/4" Drill bit, two 8" long Zip Ties for strength and a new clip might be handy, but not necessary if it is in good working condition (I have included a new one in the photo).(see pic one)

    To start, place the clip over the plastic mount and drill behind it with the 1/4" bit (see pic 2)

    Once you have both holes drilled push the Zip Tie's through the openings and then wrap them through the inside of the clip. (see pic 3&4)

    And finally the finished product and a savings of around $30 for a new pillar
    (see pic 5)

    Attached Files:

  2. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

    May 3, 2008
    Mile High
    Great idea...I did this repair yesterday (while hobbling around on crutches) and it works great! much better than OE!
  3. WhitetailAddict

    WhitetailAddict Recruit

    May 9, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    x2...I did it about 3 weeks ago and it is a great idea-very easy and works great. Now my gauges look stock.
  4. Tow Master

    Tow Master New Member

    May 15, 2008
    Irwin, Pa
    Wow great Idea! I had the problem a few time and tried to bend the clip so it held better.

    So the follow up would be... I got a loose a pillar :rolleyes5:
  5. GmcLbz

    GmcLbz New Member

    May 3, 2008
    Mcdonough, NY
    I used this on my truck, great cheap fix!
  6. Mr Baadboy

    Mr Baadboy New Member

    May 16, 2008
    Springfield Tn
    Metal Clips

    Nice fix ........
    Doe's anyone know where to get...OR have a part # for the Other Clips that hold down and IN the Plastic trim foot panels and side pillar piece's?? Visited my local dealer and they have NO Clue What i was refering to' so i went to the back and talked with the Body shop foreman. They gave me a Song and Dance....That the metal clips were formed with the plastic piece's ......RIGHT..... No clue eyether........
    I am in need of some of these, due to the recent Install of my rear heated seat's, for the Kids Fanny's and Complete Cab sound deadening Install (Bigg Diffrence).
    When Popping the panels off some of the tiny sharp grabbers busted off and are unuseable.
    Thanks the Baad Panel Tab Buster :nono:
  7. stacks04

    stacks04 McLovin

    May 9, 2008
    terryville ct
    most of the clips are replaceable. if you would be so kind and be a bit more descriptive maybe even post a pic of what your looking for and i will help you.
  8. Clark20ry

    Clark20ry Agent #58 OB-DII A(ALCU)

    May 5, 2008
    Surprise AZ
    I just purchased the clip shown in the picture... I squished the original one. That clip is $11.... I will do this fix just to make sure it stays...
  9. SfcJones


    May 3, 2008
    South Ga.
    Thats a cool fix....I am afraid to touch mine again....

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