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Old 06-20-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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Door Panel Removal without tool

Good Morning fellow Jeepers, my door strap screw on the right side has came out and I can't seem to get it to make contact with thread, so I need to remove driver door panel, but I do not have a tool to do this. I'm also a little concerned that I will break the plastic push pins on the panel.

Usually when I try to do something like this, the law of averages say with me that if it's breakable, I'll make it happen. Not sure why door strap screw isn't making contact, doesn't appear to be stripped but probably is.

Any suggestions out there or do I just need to run to Auto Zone? Love the forum, thanks for any help!

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:18 AM   #2
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You can borrow my tool if you are in north jersey.

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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I have the same issue. I just shove the sucker in and turn. I think there is a piece that has the threads in that the screw needs to go in, and when the screw comes out it comes lose. at least that is my impression. ah well.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #4
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You can buy the tool at any auto parts store for $10 or so. They might have that in the loaner tools also.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #5
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Good Morning fellow Jeepers, my door strap screw on the right side has came out and I can't seem to get it to make contact with thread, so I need to remove driver door panel, but I do not have a tool to do this. I'm also a little concerned that I will break the plastic push pins on the panel.

Usually when I try to do something like this, the law of averages say with me that if it's breakable, I'll make it happen. Not sure why door strap screw isn't making contact, doesn't appear to be stripped but probably is.

Any suggestions out there or do I just need to run to Auto Zone? Love the forum, thanks for any help!
New door panel clips are cheaper than the tool. I have a pair of the tools and never use them on the TJ panels. Just ease them off and you'll be fine.

http://www.clipsandfasteners.com/Doo...ners_s/268.htm
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #6
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What tool....? The only tool I use to remove my door panel is the torx driver to remove the screws holding it on and the one for removing the clip on the window crank (which isn't necessary if you opt to use the rag method). I just use a flat head screwdriver to pop the clips out and they normally don't break. If one does...move another clip over to that area so it'll hold the panel on enough until you get a chance to buy some replacement clips.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:13 AM   #7
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You can borrow my tool if you are in north jersey.
LMAO! I think the door tool would be a little cheaper than the plane ticket but thanks for the offer!

I think I'll try to rag trick...appreciate the help.
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LMAO! I think the door tool would be a little cheaper than the plane ticket but thanks for the offer!

I think I'll try to rag trick...appreciate the help.
But I keep a well stock beer refrig to help me work on my vehicles.
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But I keep a well stock beer refrig to help me work on my vehicles.
Well that changes everything!

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