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Re: removal of rear interior panel? (archive)

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Posted by Paul (at MAximillian) on April 26, 2000 at 13:03:34:

In Reply to: removal of rear interior panel? posted by rob on April 26, 2000 at 12:46:16:

Removal of the rear side panel is a 'cinch - but takes a bit of patience to reinstall perfectly...

There are 2,3, or 4 plastic clips on the leading vertical edge of the panel. Carefully pry them out of the sheet metal pillar - taking care not to tear the wimpy fiberboard of the trim panel.

The only thing now holding it in place is the upper horizontal trim and clips that clamp it to the inner quarter panel JUST below the rear side glass. Try not to bend this thin aluminum (it's soft) but pull straight UP and it should pop out.

I have found it to be easier if the rear seat is removed so there's less risk of bending the thing - but it's not required.

Pay special attention to exactly how the small metal clips (3?) clamp to the quarter panel and how the trim strip should snug up against the lower edge of the side glass seal.

Installation is only tricky because you need to line up the channel in the clips "just right" in order for the panel to snap in place fully.

If you break any of the plastic clips on the vertical edge - they are common door panel clips like in the front. The original ones were a two piece affair (male clip / female grommet) and the later type are a sturdier one piece snap in style (usually green or black plastic)

Let me know if you need more info - but it's pretty easy.

Good Luck!

Maximillian Importing Co.

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