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If trapped in your car do to accident or misadventure you can break the window by using the pointed ends on the head rest when you pull it out of the seat back, may need to squeeze or wiggle a little button on the round silver disc that it fits into for a quick release. hope you never need this information!

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How to make doors unlock?


Pry the top corner of the door open about an inch (it won't break, they can flex a lot) and wedge it to stay open that little bit with something that will not mar the paint, like a rolled up sock or something.

Fashion a hook at the end of a piece of wire like a coat-hanger or somesuch, and go "fishing" for the door handle or lock. Make sure to put some tape on the end of the wire, and also protect the door and frame where you fish it in as not to damage the paint or scratch the inside of the car.

Even a locksmith will likely take this approach first, it's pretty tried-and-true.

Consider getting an "Emergency Escape Hammer" for busting out a window, and carrying it in the car. If you are ever in an accident and loose power, you could be trapped in the car as easily as you are trapped out of it today. (about $10 at most any Auto Parts store).

Jul 26, 2014 | 1A Auto Parts 2004-2005 Chevy Malibu Power...

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electric window motor doesn''t work needs replacement


Remove the visible bolt from the left side of the arm rest.


Remove the window switch/door lock/mirror controls by popping the entire panel out, may need to use a flathead screwdriver.


Slide panel off of door.


Pull vapor barrier loose on the bottom right side. This will expose a coiled spring and window motor. Tape the window in the up position using masking or packaging tape.


Mark a straight line across the coil spring, to help with realigning the new motor.


Use tool j-38864 connect it near outer part of coil sprint where it hooks to retainer or in a pinch use pounted vice grips at same location ensuring they are firmly locked on spring.


Force spring clockwise to disengage it from it's retainer point.


Pull spring slightly outward just enough to clear the retainer point and slowly let it uncoil counterclockwise.


Disconnect wire connector from right end of window motor.


Push the three plastic retainer points outward as you lift up on window motor to disengage from retainers careful not to break the plastic retainers comes out pretty easy

Install new motor into the plastic retainers, make sure it is fully seated.


Reconnect wire connector to new motor.


Use J38864 or vice grips to recoil spring, reseating it to retainer point as before.


Remove tape from window and test up/down switch.


Reseal vapor barrier in place as it was before.


Slide switch control back up through hole in door panel from where it mounts and slide door over the door handle.


Align retaining clips to holes and push them home with gentle raps of your hand start at the top and work downward on panel.


Replace the bolts in the arm rest and pop back in the controls.

Mar 04, 2011 | 2000 Pontiac Montana

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how do i take the rear door panel off so i can reset the window


You'll need to remove the screws that are by the side of door, under door arm rest, and door handle. Then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them. (The retaining clips are plastic and will resist, but they will snap easy so be careful.)
You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge. Think of this piece like a coat hanger, its just resting on the door at this point.
You can try pull back the weather seal, but I've usually just cut an access hole
This will give you access to everything inside the door.
Tools needed? Should just be a Phillips head Screw driver.

Mar 01, 2011 | 2006 Buick LaCrosse

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how can I remove the center rear headrest from my 2011 Impala? It is blocking my view and I am afraid could cause an accident.


Pull up on it till it stops. then take a pointed punch and stick in the hole at the base of the rod. While pushing in on the punch, pull up on the head rest.

Feb 26, 2011 | 2011 Chevrolet Impala

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changing the window motor driver side


Hello,

To change the window motor driver side, follow the steps below:
  1. remove 1 visible bolt left side of arm rest
  2. Pop out window switch/door lock/ mirror adjustment control panel with a screwdriver
  3. Use panel remover or just pull on interior panel to remove must slide it off of door handle
  4. Slide control switch panel down through hole you popped it out of
  5. Pull vapor barrier loose bottom right side to expose coiled spring and window motor
  6. Tape window in the up position using masking or package tape
  7. Mark a straight line across coil spring to make sure you can realign it when reinstall
  8. Use tool j-38864 connect it near outer part of coil sprint where it hooks to retainer or in a pinch use pointed vice grips at same location ensuring they are firmly locked on spring ( be very careful, I'm not responsible for any injury if you are not)
  9. Force spring clockwise to disengage it from it's retainer point
  10. Pull spring slightly outward just enough to clear the retainer point and slowly let it uncoil counterclockwise and let it sit there
  11. Disconnect wire connector from right end of window motor
  12. Use your hands and push 3 plastic retainer points outward as you lift up on window motor to disengage from retainers careful not to break the plastic retainers comes out pretty easy
  13. Install new motor into the plastic retainers, make sure filly seated ( lining up plastic Guides into holes in motor (3 points)
  14. Reconnect wire connector to new motor
  15. Use J38864 or vice grips to recoil spring, resit it to retainer point as before you have to be very careful in order not to hurt yourself
  16. Remove tape from window and test up/down switch ( key must be on)
  17. Reseal vapor barrier in place as it was prior to starting
  18. Slide switch control back up through hole in door panel from where it mounts
  19. Slide door over door handle
  20. Align retaining clips to holes and push them home with gentle raps of your hand start at the top and work downward on panel
  21. Replace both bolts in arm rest
  22. Pop window/door lock control panel back in place
That is how to change the window motor of the drivers side of a 2000 pontiac montana.

Take care and good luck

Jan 06, 2011 | 2000 Pontiac Montana

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