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I had my windshield replaced two weeks ago, and when I was inside the car today, I was sitting in the passenger seat to clean something, I noticed that the passenger side A pillar was coming off. This is the fabric piece, not the rubber or metal on the frame. It's not fully off, but compared to the driver side A pillar, the passenger side is not fully clipped in at the top by the roof.

I don't want to pull off the whole piece for fear I won't be able to put it back, or something like a wire is routed through it.

Does anyone know how it connects in, or have a diagram showing it? I tried to check for clips but couldn't see anything, and since the driver side is completely in, it didn't offer any help.

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Looks like you may be able to just pull it off carefully. Pinch type I believe. Only 2 clips holding it. I'd have to look in the manual to see how it actually comes out.
 

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Omg I had been complaining about this months ago. Piller that's what it's called? I had problems with both sides popping I would always have to push it back, surprisingly it finally seems to have stopped popping. I have to say it was really annoying and it made me feel like it had cheapened the car dramatically. It started only a few months after I had it.
 

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Looks like you may be able to just pull it off carefully. Pinch type I believe. Only 2 clips holding it. I'd have to look in the manual to see how it actually comes out.
I was expecting more clips. With only 2 clips it's no surprise it comes out
 

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I haven't had this happen on either of the 2 Giulia's I've had *knock on wood. But this did happen repeated with a Jaguar XE Prestige I had prior to the Alfa's.

Every time I drove that Jag over a pothole, or cornered too tightly, the A-pillar fabric trim piece would come loose on the top end, and I'd be eye-level with a gaping hole. Fortunately, that was on the driver's side, and I would be in a position from the driver's seat to just punch it back in, like sflboxter described.

That XE's interior basically fell apart like this, 1 panel/trim piece at a time over 10 months of ownership. At the point the A Pillar started coming loose, I had already given up taking in for service. One time, a technician showed me how to pry out the XE's entire B pillar panel trim (including the glued-on weather stripping) with just his bare hands while we were armed with a page of felt paper, hunting for rattles together. At the same appointment, while I was waiting in the lobby, a service advisor was handing out a DIY anti-rattle felt-sticker kit to an XJ owner, and answered a call from a Range Rover owner also complaining about rattles. I decided there and then to just surrender all hopes that the cheapest Jag model could be saved when even their flagship cars were plagued with such shoddy build quality.

Take your Quad into the dealer for an assessment, if your panel continues to get dislodged? Sorry to hear this is happening on your Giulia, and hoping it's a one-off where maybe the trim piece was damaged during the windshield replacement. Wishing you the best on getting this resolved, and hoping a new piece could prevent this if DIY remedies don't keep it in place.
 

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I need to go in to have my brakes checked so I'll do this at the same time
 

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I had to disconnect the upper clip of my passenger side A-Pillar cover (not to be confused with simply "pillar") in order to install the cable to my rear "dash-cam" camera. This bugger is a serious SOB to re-install. There seems to be several bits that have to be engaged simultaneously and if any of them are off by more than a couple of mm it will simply pop back out. After at least a dozen tries over several days I eventually managed to get it to snap in properly. I forget exactly what I did to finally get it to snap in, other than swearing a lot.

Perhaps there is some trick to getting the install done without so much fuss.
 

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I had to disconnect the upper clip of my passenger side A-Pillar cover (not to be confused with simply "pillar") in order to install the cable to my rear "dash-cam" camera. This bugger is a serious SOB to re-install. There seems to be several bits that have to be engaged simultaneously and if any of them are off by more than a couple of mm it will simply pop back out. After at least a dozen tries over several days I eventually managed to get it to snap in properly. I forget exactly what I did to finally get it to snap in, other than swearing a lot.

Perhaps there is some trick to getting the install done without so much fuss.
I'm going to keep trying then

@MacGeek would you know? ?
 

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Mine was loose upon delivery when new. I managed to get it to snap back into place and it hasn't come loose again since.
 

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Thank you!

I could only find 2 clips not 3, but every time I tried to push them in, it seems like I'd get one but not the other and vice versa.

I need to take my car in anyway so I guess I'll just wait until then and have the dealer do it
 

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Is there supposed to be a photo there? I don't see it. It could be blocked (for me @ work) depending on where the image is hosted.

Here's what I see:
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I can see the images embedded in your post. Thank you.

I need to install a dash cam wiring kit, so this was great info.
 

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I can see the images embedded in your post. Thank you.

I need to install a dash cam wiring kit, so this was great info.
Hopefully you have better luck than I did
 

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Hopefully you have better luck than I did
Mine may be a hair different than the QV a-pillar, the 2.0T has a vent in there that those pictures do not show.
 

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IIRC, one trick is to push down hard on the cover before trying to engage the upper clip.
 

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IIRC, one trick is to push down hard on the cover before trying to engage the upper clip.
I tried that, my problem is my upper most clip doesn't align with the the clip connector on the A pillar. The bottom half aligns but the upper half of the clip on the trim piece sticks above it
 

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Thank you!

I could only find 2 clips not 3, but every time I tried to push them in, it seems like I'd get one but not the other and vice versa.

I need to take my car in anyway so I guess I'll just wait until then and have the dealer do it
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