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Panels-The Rattle and Pounding Fix
been hearing a clunking sound every time that you close your door?
Has your electric window been sticking a little, jumping
around as it goes up? Have you found that your door panel is coming
a little loose? Let’s discuss a little bit about how to take off
the door panel, inspect, clean, and replace the door panel.
is different, but for the majority of the vehicles out there you can
use a screwdriver to take off the door panel, although some will
require a Phillips, a Flat, or a Star screwdriver. First you need to find out where these couple of screws might
be. As you look over
the door, there is often one or two right in the middle of where you
hold onto the door to close it.
The screws are usually hiding under little circular or square
decorative inserts. There
will not be as many screws in your door panel as there are plastic
inserts that ‘pop’ into the door in self.
undo the little pieces of plastic that are being held into the door,
by wiggling them around a little, and prodding with the screwdriver
if need be. Be careful
not to break any of these plastic clips you may find that your door
panel will rattle even more than it did before you started working
on the door! You most
likely will have to pull apart the plug for the electric door locks
or the electric window if you car has these features.
Simply having one hand on each side of the plug and pull
apart to disconnect. After you have taken the door panel off, be
sure to place it and the screws somewhere safe so you can put all
the pieces back on together correctly.
Now you are
looking at this car door, which most likely has plastic or some type
of board covering all the little holes you are going to want to look
in to inspect what is rattling around, or to grease any parts that
are making your window stick. Carefully
remove this covering, you will want to put it back on when you are
finished, or you can possibly order a new one if it is available. Not all inside door coverings are available, it depends on
the year and the make of your car.
you will find a bolt inside the door that needs tightened, it could
be for the door panel, for the window crank, or for the window guide
that is causing your rattle. There
are other door ‘rattles’ that you will find that answer to in
side the door, which are simply a piece of the plastic connector
that broke off of your door panel, or from the covering on the
inside of the door panel. You
can clean out the bottom of the door with your hand, a cloth, or a
sweeper if you are careful. Often,
the holes that allow you to work on the door window, the door lock,
or the door guide are small so a sweeper part might not fit in there
have tightened all the bolts, nuts, screws and pieces that clip
together and hold the window, the door crank and the window guide,
you can grease any moving parts that might be noisy or slow working
and then start putting your door back together again.
careful to make sure that you put all the pieces back together
tightly with out breaking them, if you have something loose, or
broken, this is often the source of a ‘wind’ noise you can hear
in the door when traveling down the highway.
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