How do I access the passenger hand grip bolts above the door?
I have an annoying rattle inside my 1997 saturn that is coming from around the hand grip above the passenger door. How do I get to the bolts of the hand grip to try and tighten them up. Is there any thing else above the passenger door that could be causing a vibrating type rattle? The rattle is most noticable at a stop with the car in gear.
Re: How do I access the passenger hand grip bolts above...
Hi i know it says apprentis for me but i have 25+ in auto body field on your saturn you should see two inside the hand grip area an one screw behind the handle remove this screws an carefully start at the bottum of the door panel pulling out word pop the door panel off ** also look around the bottum egde of the door panel for any other screws some door panel have them ** after you have popped the panel out you can with out removeing it pull the panel away from the door an look inside (between the panel an the door it will come out about 6". If you need to take the panel off the procceed up to you doohandle (lever) after you have removed the screw take a tinny screw driver or small knife will work to an pop out the cover from behind the handle,once off you will see a metal rod that is bent an slids into a holding clip this clip slids over the rod to hold it in place again with a small knife or screw drive carefuly pop the clip away from the rod an then pull the rod out now the panel is ready to remove. let the panel hang lose on the door ( the door panel hooks on a top edge of the window ) so from the bottom off the panel pull up words from the buttom of the panel dont try to just pull it up from the middle this at times is harder start from the outer egde. once the panels off look for anything lose (shake your door even bang on it alittle to hear anything lose.
To put your panel back on lay it flat on the top egde an push down at the same time push inword torward s the window so the chanel will hook inside once that done go to your door handle an connect the rod ,then lay thepanel agaist the door an look at the egde to line up any clip holes an then just give it alittle smake then put all your screws back an your done .
I hope this helps if you have any other ?'s dennisgonzalez2 at yahoo
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Most rattles are due to the back door not closing tight enough. There is a lock/striker that the door lock assembly latches to. Usually the striker/latch is bolted to the rear floor/bumper area and the screws/bolts securing it can be loosened and the striker/latch moved forward and retightened which in turn will cause the door to be tighter stopping any rattles. You may also have a rattle inside the door assembly itself or loose paneling causing this issue
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