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Just Tom 01-08-2013 12:40 PM

How to remove exterior rocker panel?
 
[?] Guys,

I need to replace the exterior (driver's side) rocker panel and need your help. I was underneath the car inspecting the panel and it appears that there are half a dozen or so plastic (reusable) fasteners securing the panel to the exterior of the body. I would assume the panel is not soley secured by those fasteners. Has anybody replaced this rocker panel before who could offer me some tips or an illustration perhaps?

Just Tom 01-09-2013 09:23 AM

Well...the replacement part has been ordered. Once it arrives I'll dive in to it and see how involved replacing the rocker panel is.

Dysan911 01-09-2013 04:48 PM

Did you turn into a corner or something and scrape yours up?

suss6052 01-09-2013 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Dysan911 (Post 4532815)
Did you turn into a corner or something and scrape yours up?

I believe the O.P. said in a previous thread something to the effect of it having shattered on that side, but they don't recall hitting something.

Since it was not considered a manufacturer's defect they will have to pay to replace the panel themself.

Deftmetal 01-09-2013 05:29 PM

I haven't taken mine completely off but taking the plastic clips out make it really loose

2012sel 01-09-2013 08:34 PM

I'll bet the new part will reveal how to remove the old part.

Just Tom 01-09-2013 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by suss6052 (Post 4532821)
I believe the O.P. said in a previous thread something to the effect of it having shattered on that side, but they don't recall hitting something.

Since it was not considered a manufacturer's defect they will have to pay to replace the panel themself.

Correct. The dealer claimed that there was no defect and that I must have driven over something. which caused the panel to split and come loose. That's there contention, but I know that I didn't drive over anything. There is no damage anywhere under the car, such as a tell tale sign of where something impacted my car. Anyway, it's a moot point because Ford won't cover it under warranty so I'm eating the cost.

So frustrating.

Just Tom 01-09-2013 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Deftmetal (Post 4532861)
I haven't taken mine completely off but taking the plastic clips out make it really loose

That's what I thought. I've seen these fasteners used in automotive applications before, but I wouldn't think they would be the only thing holding the rocker panel on.

StingRay 01-10-2013 01:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Just Tom (Post 4533336)
That's what I thought. I've seen these fasteners used in automotive applications before, but I wouldn't think they would be the only thing holding the rocker panel on.

Sadly, that's what holds the majority of panels on, on most modern cars.


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