Question about 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
I was backing out of parking space and hit a pole. it caused a big dent on my driver side and now i cannot open the door completely. i have looked under and inside the car for a way to push the dent out but i cant find any. is there any other way to fix this problem (preferably without having to go to an expert)?
SOURCE: need to remove back door panel
first buy a tool from cdn tire or an auto store call "door panel trim pad" ....looks like a large bent screwdriver with a groove on the end ...this will allow you to successfully remove the 4 panel pins you will see after you take off the handle strap mechanism and the two rubber stabilizers on either side of the liftgate...then carefully pry back the panel on the side and you will see the first set of pins ...one per side ....wiggle the pad trim remover in so that it engages the pin above the moulded post on the inside of the panel and prey up on the tool...like a hammer removing a nail ...shouldn't have too much problem getting these off ...further up the panel again going in from the side you will see the other pins ...same procedure ....now all that is left are 5 snap in moulded tabs(part of the actual panel itself ...one on each side of the window frame position of the panel about halfway up the window ...use the tool again as a lever and they will come out easily ...hold on to the panel carefully as the remaining 3 tabs are in top of the frame portion of the panel and not much is supporting the panel now except you...they disengage pretty easily as well ...now the panel is off ...while you are in there put some extra padding on the speakers by dropping them down and putting 1/4 in foam tape on the inside lip of the speaker rim ...these rattle in cold weather ...when you are putting the panel back start with the top 3 tabs and the the 2 side tabs ,one side after the other ...then the panel will support itself while you direct the sabre ends on the pin fasteners into the holes in the metal door ...used my head to snap them in position ...then reinstall the stabilizer rubbers and the back strap ....hope it goes well ...nothing to be worried about after i did it once ,,,David Little Toronto
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
You can go to a auto dismantler and buy a used one that will be cheeper than a new one. They are not too hard to install if you are strong and not afraid to climb into the trunk. Requires two people to do it. one to hold the trunk up all the way and the other to get in and snap the spring back into place. You place the spring end in position first then locate the torsion end and pushup and back and snap it in place. The only hitch is if the spring didn't break and the bracket itself did, then you will need a body shop to reweld and repair the mounting bracket. Option #2, get a stick and use it to prop up and hold the trunk open when you are using it. Good Luck, RAC
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
Remedy is a new inside door latch. These used to be only available thru Chevy but today NAPA has them too - pricey but what can be done about that? Inside door liner pops off with several plastic rivets designed to release with moderate pressure, a screwdriver helps but can also lead to broken rivets which are almost sure to happen with the gentlest touch anyway. Sometimes there are screws to remove around the armrest area, check from below. There will be a sheet of plastic that needs to be pulled out of the way, do it any way that can be reversed when the time comes for that. Then you'll need to drill out the rivet that holds on the old door latch and drill out that hole in the door and the hole in the new latch to use a small bolt. You'll also need to buy a proper sized bolt. The door latch slides into position in the door proper after the rivet is removed to allow movement of the entire door latch.
Then undo the links. Operational link attachments are tricky but you first swivel them out away from the rod which allows the 90 degree bend in the rod to be removed from the door latch proper.
Step by step not applicable, it's a learn as you go experiance. Different jobs and models have their unique pitfalls, sorry no free pass around those. Do pay attention to you own level of expertise here and hire it done if you don't feel that you can do it after the above discription of the process.
Later on you will need to replace the door latch proper as they are next on the list to fail. This is a slightly more difficult job, but both can be accomplished with stamina and a cool temper. These are also available from NAPA. Inside door handles fail because they are made from pot metal (zinc) which is way too soft but CHEAP. Latches fail mainly due to mis-alignment of doors that hammer out the metal part of the latch. Use a 6 foot 2by4 or other stronger lever and blocks with 2 or three friends to bend the door up so that it closes in alignment with the body if you want to prevent buying a door latch on down the road. Driving with the door open hastens this condition so don't do it.
Posted on Jun 25, 2009
You have a intermittent condition. To isolate the cause: 1.Disconnect the drivers door lock/unlock switch from the connector. Drive the vehicle and see if your random lock/unlock condition has stopped. If it has, replace the switch. If it hasn't:
2. You have a grounding problem or a problem in the BCM (Body Control Module) and should have a technician use a Tech 2 Diagnostic Link Tool to access the BCM computer to obtain any fault code data to help correct the condition.
Posted on Mar 07, 2010
the linkage behind the handle either the retaining clip broke or popped off need to remove the door panel to check and fix
Posted on Mar 13, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks I thought it might be a cable or linkage. Much thanks"
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