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Old 11-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to remove door panel (Rear door panel)

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My power window on the rear left door does not work -
Does not work from the driver switch, and it does not work from the rear door switch

I am thinking the motor / or some cables may have been disconnected, But I am not sure , thats why I want to take the door panel off, and see if I can find out why

I look for a DIY that may have some pictures before I try to open it , but I can't find any.
Wondering if there is a DIY with pictures, So I can plan ahead and know what to expect when I try to take the door panel off.

this is a 2004 Forester XS

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Old 11-09-2008, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a screw right behind the door handle and another in the hand rest (there are small little covers over both, take those off to get to the screw). Once you take those out you need to take a small screw driver or a small putty knife and gently start to pry off the panel starting from the bottom. YOu'll hear the fasteners pop out as you go. It is pretty simple as long as you are careful. Then you'll need to unplug the wiring harnesses that connect to the door electronics in order to completely remove the panel. Now getting to the motor once you are in there I can't help you with, sorry.
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I took out the two bolts behind the door handle and the armrest
I got to the point where I pry out all the pin - all good
but there is something still holding the door handle.
it stays firm in that area..
do i need to pry the plastic part of the door handle?

I have took out the plastic arm rest and disconnect the power window.

it is the door handle part that hasn't move at all yet

please helppp

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Did you take off the surround on the door handle? After you pop that off there are a bunch of fasteners around the perimeter of the door skin. You just have to pull to release those. It's always hard the first time but gets easier. I've had my door skins off a bunch of times installing speakers and sound proofing.
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Here ya go... this .pdf document should cover it.
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thanks pleiad7

I appologize, I got the whole forester PDF on the link you gave me but couldn't found until you point out it's called "rear door trim" pdf,

I keep looking in the power window area :P

I'll try again now..

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all right , I got all the panel off,
I couldn't see any wires ripped apart or anything.

I think it's motor.

I'll try to take off the whole power window assembly next.. I hope I don't sctracth more stuff.

I ripped the door trim a little bit in an attempt to take the door panel out :( *doh

Any idea where should I get the power window motor for cheap?
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Any idea where should I get the power window motor for cheap?
Try this guy, he's parting out an 04: Parting 04' xt
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The power window on the drivers side FRONT door, just quit.
I can hear the motor when activated by the switch, and can freely move the window up and down. Seems like it has slipped out the the bracket inside??
Is the procedure for removing the panel the same as the rear door??

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The power window on the drivers side FRONT door, just quit.
I can hear the motor when activated by the switch, and can freely move the window up and down. Seems like it has slipped out the the bracket inside??
Is the procedure for removing the panel the same as the rear door??

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This should help some:

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