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Default Chrome trim around the windscreen - safe ro remove?

I have this chorme trim around my windshild. It's pressed into the windshield gasket.
The trouble is that it's coming of the gasket, and that I can't press it back in.
I'd like to just tear it off, and live with the open rim in the gasket.





Question is, can I do it or does the trim actually keeps the gasket in place? I'm afraid that with the open rim the gasket might collapse and let the glass out.

But then again, I know nothing about windshields...
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If it's your silver 96 Aero (as in you're avatar bit) then mine (97 CSE) doesn't even have the strip! Think it maybe because of the windscreen being replaced in a previous life. As far as I know aren't they bonded in so it would be possible to remove it??
I like it actually, is there no way you can glue it back?
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The Windshield is glued in and a structural member. Water will puddle above the glass if you remove the trim, and it could leak. I wouldn't remove it.
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If it's your silver 96 Aero (as in you're avatar bit) then mine (97 CSE) doesn't even have the strip! Think it maybe because of the windscreen being replaced in a previous life. As far as I know aren't they bonded in so it would be possible to remove it??
I like it actually, is there no way you can glue it back?
Steve, The trim has become very brittle. Last time I was - unsuccessfully- trying to put it back, a portion of it cracked in my hand.

I guess it looked upscale back when it was new, now it's old and faded by the sun. The open rim will look bad, but at least won't draw attention as the chrome trim does.

Jim, will that happen even if I only remove the chrome strip?
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Stefano - is there a local Saab dealer that you can go to to ask ?

Or if not, at least a windshield/automotive glass repair shop.


My car doesn't have this chrome trim.
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Jim, will that happen even if I only remove the chrome strip?
I don't know.
They told me why it was there, in 1985 at 9000 school. They didn't tell me what would happen it were gone.
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I don't know.
They told me why it was there, in 1985 at 9000 school. They didn't tell me what would happen it were gone.
So you need to go back to school, then !
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Stefano - is there a local Saab dealer that you can go to to ask ?

Or if not, at least a windshield/automotive glass repair shop.


My car doesn't have this chrome trim.
Actually, I have both within a few km from my place. It's just that going there is so inconvenient (not to mention that I'd rather look stupid with a silly question here than at the dealer )

Jim , you are referring to just he chrome strip, not the whole rubber moulding, right? I have no intention of ripping out the rubber moulding.
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probably most auto glass shops have a roll of that trim and can replace it for you. As stated, that windshield is glued in and definitely won't go anywhere without the trim
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