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2005 jeep grand cherokee door panel is cracked making it impossible to open the door from he inside

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For your own sake, Please read this all the way through before you attempt it........

This is a royal pain in the **** with Jeeps and I went through it myself. After you open the door from the outside, you need to remove the door panel by taking out all the screws and popping it off of the plastic snap holders (they are like a V with wings that hold them in). The tricky part is getting all the screws out- one is hidden behind the inside door lever and another is under the speaker cover. The top of the panel is hooked over into the window groove, so you want to pull it loose from the bottom.

Once you get the cover off the door it still will not come right off- you need to disconnect the plastic swivel/snaps from the steel rods that lock the door and work the opening lever. These are difficult to describe- they swivel and snap into place. Be careful with them- Jeep gets EIGHT BUCKS APIECE for them!!! Once you snap them off the rod, they swivel back and then you can free the rods. Pay very close attention how they go- draw a picture and you will save yourself allot of aggrevation. Once the two rods are off, you need to find the two electrical plugs and disconnect them. You will have to pull the plastic sound barrier out of the way without tearing it.

A Jeep dealer can provide you with drawings of how all this stuff goes together, which will help some. I spent 24 bucks to replace the two swivel/snaps I broke getting my door panel off, plus a spare, and the guy was very helpful in printing me a diagram of the "guts" inside the door. I can't say if your dealer will do the same, or if they will provide the drawings at no cost if you ask. I also had to buy a handful of the plastic snap holders that hold the door in place along with the screws.... and they were just under 3 bucks each.

Now that you know what you are in store for, I highly recommend that you find a junkyard and try the procedure there first,,,that way you get your replacement door panel, and also some very valuable experience before you try it on your own Jeep. While you are there, if you are a do-it-yourself type person, I highly recommend that you also check out how the power window motor is set up, take it out, and buy it right along with the door panel. The motors are prone to failure (you will be driving along and for no reason your window will go down on its own and not go back up) and run over 300 BUCKS from a Jeep dealer! That happened to my Jeep to both front windows around 130,000 miles- drivers side first and passenger side about 3 weeks later.
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