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01-10-2013 06:23 AM
Lscman
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Originally Posted by cri33 View Post
My common sense tells me to take it to the garage and let them do it. No telling what else is going to go wrong on this project. I don't even have the assembly out of the car yet. My heart tells me I can do it but that is just my own pride. Sometimes its wiser to let common sense push pride into the background. This may be one of those times. While they are at it they can take care of the weatherstripping. I am sure they know what to use.
Indeed. The rods do not need bent to remove the assembly. It is best to visit the dealer to avoid further damage.
01-05-2013 07:57 PM
cri33
torn weatherstripping and weatherstripping

My common sense tells me to take it to the garage and let them do it. No telling what else is going to go wrong on this project. I don't even have the assembly out of the car yet. My heart tells me I can do it but that is just my own pride. Sometimes its wiser to let common sense push pride into the background. This may be one of those times. While they are at it they can take care of the weatherstripping. I am sure they know what to use.
01-05-2013 07:30 PM
elsolo It's what I would use to reattach a watershield to the door behind the door panel.
If I tore a watershield, I would just use it as a template and cut out a new one, like when I redo the upholstery on an old car.

If it's the soft black rubber weatherstripping, I use the 3M black weatherstrip adhesive to glue it back together and fill the tears and gaps. Lay a piece of wet Saran Wrap over the patch, close the door carefully, come back in the morning and remove the Saran wrap.
01-05-2013 06:53 PM
cri33
Torn weatherstripping

Strip caulking for torn weatherstripping?
01-05-2013 06:43 PM
elsolo Forget the silicone, the correct stuff to use is 3M strip caulk.
01-05-2013 06:19 PM
cri33
torn weatherstripping

Thanks..might try that. Guess the smart thing to do would have been to remove THE ENTIRE WATERSHIELD but that would been too smart. Huh.
01-05-2013 06:13 PM
sam fisher
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Originally Posted by cri33 View Post
Can anyone recommend a good sealant to use on (torn) weatherstipping? Not a whole lot but I would feel better if I could use a recommended one instead of trial and error on this. Don't want water finding its way into the car!
I used black rtv on mine , it did the job for me , but theres prolly better stuff out there

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01-05-2013 06:10 PM
cri33
Door actuator problems

Can anyone recommend a good sealant to use on (torn) weatherstipping? Not a whole lot but I would feel better if I could use a recommended one instead of trial and error on this. Don't want water finding its way into the car!
01-05-2013 05:23 PM
cri33
Power Doorlock problems

I got the whole assembly loose, breaking a black part in the process. Cheap plastic. I also managed to tear a little weatherstripping but I guess that can be mended. Removing the door handle loosens everything up.

But the rod hangs everything up and I don't see any way to remove it while it is in there although I guess it is possible to bend the rod at the top so it can be unhooked from the level mechanism. Maybe that is what I have to do but I need a pair of small vice grips to do it. If it will bend flat to an L I can hook it and probably pull the latch assembly out. But if it breaks then I have to buy a rod too. I also could not figure out how to disconnect the cable from the inside latch. It seems too tight to just undo. I could see how to do it but could not get enough slack in the cable to remove it.

I may just take it in to the garage and let them do it. I think my mechanical ability is pretty fair and I may eventually fix it but how much damage do I do in the meantime. Knowing when to stop and say enough is part of being smart although I never claimed to be bright. It also doesn't help to be working in sort of dark conditions where you have to use a flashlight to look inside. Guess its time to say Uncle.
01-04-2013 10:11 PM
cri33
Remove front power lock actuator+ latch mechanism

Now I know what the plastic shield is for. I am going to take another look at the inside of the door and if there is a plastic shield I will just take it in and let the garage do it. I also forgot about the rod that locks the door though I do see the rod that operates the latch. it would be easy to do without an inner door skin but it becomes much more difficult when much of the inside of the door is covered with the sheet metal. Sounds like it is worth the $100 for the shop to do it but the part is $200+ so the total cost is around $300. Ouch. If I could get a new part for $100 I would do that. But I checked OE parts from different web sources and they are around $180. Not that much different from what the garage wants. Either way an expensive repair unless you are able to diy. I am willing to do it if I think I can do it right and save money but I can afford to just take it in....but this sounds more involved than I would like.
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