"Side Guards" on the outside doors of my '03 Toyota Corolla
On my corolla, i have these side guards on all 4 doors.
These are for the purpose of preventing my car body from getting any unwanted dents from other cars that carelessly open their doors.
Now my question is more for cosmetic reason, these guards are black, and my car body is grey which makes the exterior look unfavourable.
What is the best solution to make these guards blend in with my car colour?
It cannot be painted because the material will absorb the paint rather than have the paint stay on.
What is the best way to go?
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Ther is no fuel door light in a 06 Corolla.
What you see on the dashboard is an arrow to indicate fuel door is on the drivers side. Of course once you fill up the first time you know which side it is on. Very handy if you rent a corrolla.
The fusebox for an 03 Corolla is on the driver's side of the dash, above the plastic panel that is above your knees. You can see it by looking up and to the left, under the instrument pane, with a flashlight. It is a rather large white or cream-coloured box (depending on where the car was produced). An easier way to get to the fuses would be to remove the plastic trim panel that is directly under the bottom of the instrument panel.
It's probably broken, or unhooked. Just take your inner door panel off, and you'll soon figure out what's happening. Sometimes the rods get bent, or they come off the clip, or just need adjusting. And sometimes the handle itself is broken, but you can do it!
You do need to pull off the inner door panel. After the panel is off, you are going to need to disconnect the lock rods from the outer handle and the key cylinder to the door latch mechanism. You will need a long 1/4" drive ratchet and extension, and a 10 millimeter socket. The outer handle is held on by 2 10 mm bolts, you access them thru the inner part of the door. There is a hole provided, with clear tape over it, that will lead you to the harder to see bolt. After the bolts are out, remove the handle, swap the key cylinder into the new handle, and reinstall. Not hard at all.