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This is how I changed this weather strip. Easy but need to take your time as you have one chance to properly stick the rubber trim.
- part number from moparonlineparts.com
68340442AA​
Genuine Alfa Romeo W/Strip Cowl Screen To Hood Inner P​

  • cover hood with blanket as needed
  • make sure rubber trim is in good condition with sticky portion covered by red backing.
  • lay trim on windshield before start to confirm part same as original
  • do not install in cold or too warm conditions as the rubber trim is pretty soft
  • raise windshield wiper
  • start from one side and slowly pry the end. Note there is a sticky film ( my yellow backing was not stuck/removed from Alfa). If yours is, pull gently to loosen.
  • continue pulling gently until the center of the windshield. The center is held by Velcro/ dual lock fastener. Pull up gently while holding the plastic base in place ( plastic wiper base cover)
  • proceed with other side starting from end to center and remove strip.
  • remove with plastic scraper or credit card residual glue chunks
  • clean with alcohol or any glue remover
  • make sure you clean the edge where the rubber trim meets the black plastic base.
  • now to installing new trim
  • start from one by inserting rubber grommet into plastic cowl
  • do the same from the other end
  • push the velcro/self lock in the center of the windshield ( do not remove red sticky backing yet)
  • check all seems centered
  • note, the trim will look short, but when you start installation, the trim will fit as the rubber stretches
  • start From end and remove red backing tape from sticky film while pushing gently down to stick the trim. NOTE- make sure you are seating the trim against the plastic edge on the cowl. That is your guide.
  • work your way to the center. NOTE- you may need to stretch slightly the rubber trim as you peel the red backing to make sure you cover properly the whitish trim beneath area to finish in the center.
  • do the same from other end.
  • I did not stick the ends either, did not feel the need.
  • u r done…clean all and treat rubber trim with protectant Or silicone spray.
 

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Great write up! This is going to be very helpful for many people!

My recommendation for installing the new molding is to start on the center and move towards the edges, one side at the time. Reason being this, you will not stretch the seal enough if you start "glueing" the molding down from the side and then move your way to the other end. This will cause you "running out" of the molding by the time you get to the other end. Have seen this happen multiple times and done it once by myself lol.

Obviously @CCCC is technically inclined and he got it all done easily. Of course there are always 20 different ways of doing everything but I just wanted to share my thoughts in case a less technical/ handy person (like @lars for example) attempts this molding replacement. You certainly don't want to buy another molding for 140$ or how much ever the moldings cost now.

-Harri
 

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Great write up! This is going to be very helpful for many people!

My recommendation for installing the new molding is to start on the center and move towards the edges, one side at the time. Reason being this, you will not stretch the seal enough if you start "glueing" the molding down from the side and then move your way to the other end. This will cause you "running out" of the molding by the time you get to the other end. Have seen this happen multiple times and done it once by myself lol.

Obviously @CCCC is technically inclined and he got it all done easily. Of course there are always 20 different ways of doing everything but I just wanted to share my thoughts in case a less technical/ handy person (like @lars for example) attempts this molding replacement. You certainly don't want to buy another molding for 140$ or how much ever the moldings cost now.

-Harri
That works too. i noticed that once I get one side done, while keeping the center velcrode , it was easier to move the Velcro a bit to recenter As there is room to play in the center While at the edges, the grommet has to be perfect in the hole or the edge will not sit well…….again, either way will work as long as you gauge while installing if you need to stretch a bit more or less The trim. The critical part is keeping the rubber perfectly seating against the plastic cowl lip/edge To cover all the white edge. Surprisingly, the part is well made in size will fit perfectly compared to other flimsy pieces ( like the wheel wells…..those drive me nuts At the rear side markers :mad:)…
 
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