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Old 03-23-2015, 06:09 PM
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Remove TJ full door inner panel

Hey guys, what's the best way to get the inner door panel off the full steel doors. I can't unlock the doors from the inside and sometimes if I do lock them I have to unlock using the key on he outside. My TJ is 2005 and the door panel is in very good shape except for one small crack that I didn't want to make bigger.

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Old 03-23-2015, 06:26 PM   #2
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take all the screws around the edge of door and along the bottom then just use a flat head screwdriver starting at the bottom and pry it back - I don't think I had to remove the lever part when I did mine . just watch by the window the panel will have to be almost straight back to slide up out

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Old 03-23-2015, 06:29 PM   #3
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o yea and the worst part is the window crank don't lose the metal clip you will have to push back on the plastic panel and try to get the window crank were you can c the bottom of the metal clip and try to get it off .. Its the worst part
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As far as that metal clip goes, I've found that paint can openers, the kind that are free at hardware stores that you use to pry a paint can lid off, works great for getting the clip off and then needle nose players for getting them back on.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:47 AM
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Thank you. I will attack this soon so I can fix the lock on the inside
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Another good way to get that clip off is to take a rag and pull it tight and use the edge of it to slide down between the window crank and the panel and catch the clip. It'll pop right off. You can look it up on YouTube, it's really easy. It took me like 2 minutes to do it
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And you said your locking mechanism works sometimes, that sounds like the issue I had and all I had to do was put some wd40 on the locking mechanism on the inside of the door and move it around a lot and work the oil in and it works great now. The mechanism was just stiff from not being used much
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And you said your locking mechanism works sometimes, that sounds like the issue I had and all I had to do was put some wd40 on the locking mechanism on the inside of the door and move it around a lot and work the oil in and it works great now. The mechanism was just stiff from not being used much
WD-40 can actually cause you to collect dirt down the road. Massive buildup and then you're screwed. I would use pbblaster. One thing I've noticed that works awesome on TJ full steel doors if your lock gets jammed, bang on it with your fist around the lock. Loosens stuff up. Works for frozen locks or just stuff that gets stuck. I read about that on here and never have to use anything just works. Sounds crazy but it does
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:16 PM
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Thank you. I'm not a WD40 fan and learned how much junk it collects using it on mountain bikes when I was a kid. The interior locking switch occasionally won't unlock if I lock it from the inside so I have to roll the window down and unlock outside with a key. I've see the threads on here about fixing it, I just didn't want to crack my panel more than it already was
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Any kind of lubricant will work. And the mechanism is inside a sealed compartment in the door. Shouldn't be any dirt.

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