Sometimes the car window won't go up or down, or the door won't open. Therefore you know that it is time to remove the inner panel of the door.
Step 1. Open the door
Step 2. If you can remove the door lock, do so (usually by unscrewing it)
Step 3. Locate the inside lever that opens the door
Pull so you can see if there is a screw under the lever. Remove the screw and peel off the plastic around the door handle.
Step 4. Look under the armrest
You will find screws that hold the armrest to the door. (Sometimes the screws are under plastic covers that you have to remove with a flat screwdriver.) Remove the screws. Remove the armrest. If your windows are electric, remove the wires stuck to the armrest by squeezing the plastic sides of the connectors.
Step 5. Remove the handle to raise the window (if your windows are not electric)
Sometimes there is a screw in the center of the handle, under a decorative cover (old VW). Remove the cover and unscrew. You will also occasionally find a safety ring around the base. Remove the ring with a flat screwdriver.
Step 6. Use a putty knife to remove the bottom of the panel from the metal part of the door
The panel is glued to the metal door with several plastic washers, glued to the bottom of the cardboard panel that remains in the holes. Gently remove the washers from their holes, try not to break them.
Step 7. Check if there are any screws near the rear view mirror or on either side of the window
Step 8. Lift the window sill out of place and pull the door panel away
Step 9. Carefully pull the plastic off the door so you can see what needs to be repaired
- Each car manufacturer has different designs so you will have to figure out a few things for yourself. Maybe on the internet you will find images.
- Some cars require Phillips screwdrivers, Allen keys, and some 12-point screwdrivers.
- Spare parts for the window are available on eBay.
- Put the plastic back in place. It's tempting just to leave it hanging back there.