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I'm having trouble figuring out how to remove the door panel on my 2k4 Forenza. One of my speakers has started rattling and I'm wondering if it might just need tightening down, but regardless I can't get the panel off.

There are 3 screws mounted below the door pocket, a plastic screw in a plastic anchor just below the window toward the front of the car, (just below a black plastic cover on the inside of the window by the side mirror) and there are plastic pop-in pins located along the left and right sides of the panel.

I've removed all of the pieces I could find securing the panel and it still won't budge. I've lifted it up, tried simply prying further, nothing works.

Am I missing something else? (obviously after removing it I'll be careful not to tear any wires that might be connecting anything directly tied into the panel leading into the rest of the car's electrical system, etc)

Are there any schematics on the web to help out with this?

I'm glad I found this forum!

Thanks ahead of time,
-tank.
 

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Just next to the door handles.. around the tweaters. There is a lil black peice that has a bunch of clips that I cant remember exactly how to get off. Anyways thats whats holding it on. Once you get that off lift the panel up and away from the car to get it off. Try to bend the door locks as little as possible when getting it off or they wont always unlock on there own.
 

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Does anyone else know how to remove thepiece Mr. Llama is referring to?

I'm not sure if I know the piece (haven't looked at it since reading this yet, it'll have to wait till tomorrow) but could it be the "black plastic cover on the inside of the window by the side mirror" I described previously? Is it that high up? That's actually right in front of the glass...

Off the top of my head I can't think of any other accessible spots further down....

Thanks for the reply anyway.
 

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Originally posted by thynctank@May 20 2006, 07:05 PM
Does anyone else know how to remove thepiece Mr. Llama is referring to?

I'm not sure if I know the piece (haven't looked at it since reading this yet, it'll have to wait till tomorrow) but could it be the "black plastic cover on the inside of the window by the side mirror" I described previously? Is it that high up? That's actually right in front of the glass...

Off the top of my head I can't think of any other accessible spots further down....

Thanks for the reply anyway.
Its where the door handle is and the tweater.

It uses some types of clips to get it out.. be carfull not to break them. I've broken like half mine. lol.
 

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Ehhh, crap man. That's no fun. What kind of clips? I basically pry the edges? (as gently as possible)

If it's so delicate you should really only go in with a special tool, how can I get my hands on one, etc.

Thanks again for the help.

-tank.
 

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Originally posted by thynctank@May 21 2006, 09:38 PM
Ehhh, crap man. That's no fun. What kind of clips? I basically pry the edges? (as gently as possible)

If it's so delicate you should really only go in with a special tool, how can I get my hands on one, etc.

Thanks again for the help.

-tank.
No, if you take the time to look at them then you will understand how they work. I dont brake any anymore and all I use is a screwdriver
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I managed to pry off all the other parts. (half of the door handle [the solid handle, not the latch], the black slab just inside the window, and the black frame around the latch) I did actually break two of the six tabs holding the black latch frame, the two along the top, the side ones and the bottom ones are still fully intact and it doesn't seem any worse for the wear. Still fits fine in the slot.

Anyhow, I was able to lift the door panel up and over the lock button and the window slot. I had to be careful of the wire connecting the automatic window button to the electrical system, but this was wrapped in some fairly heavy duty insulation and was in no real harm of being broken. Basically just propped it up on one end and it was good.

I then tightened down all of the screws holding the woofer in place and reconnected everything, and it seems to have done the job. No more rattle.

Just wanted to give everyone an update and provide further information if anyone else attempts the same procedure.

-thynctank.
 
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