Archive for the ‘Fix your ride’ Category

How-to: Open a 2001 Honda Civic door panel

March 21st, 2010 29 comments

Below you’ll find step-by-step illustrations of how to go about
cracking open the interior door paneling for a Honda Civic. This
experiment was conducted to replace a failed auto-doorlock mechanism.

Step 1: Locate the door. Step 2: Remove the plastic covering behind the door opener.
Step 3: Remove these screws. Step 4: Remove the plastic covering in the recessed door handle
Step 5: Remove this screw. Step 6: Remove the plastic covering at the right rear-view mirror.
In retrospect, you should pry this triangular piece from the top,
instead of from the front of vehicle as illustrated.
Step 8: Remove door-handle by shifting the piece towards the front
of vehicle and prying up on the interior side. Proceed patiently and
gingerly, otherwise you’ll end up having to buy a new door panel.
Step 9: Remove the door-handle and detach the power-window harness. Step 10: Expose the main structural screws that hold the panel to
the door.
Step 11: Remove the 2 screws. Step 12: Begin prying the panel off the door starting from the
top-rear section. Gently pop-off the white plastic grommets which keep
the paneling bound to the door (see step 17 for location of white
plastic thingys).
Step 13: More white grommets (see step 17 for location of white
plastic thingys).
Step 14: Turn the blue plastic thingy counter-clockwise to release
the steel transfer bar that is attached to the door latch.
Step 15: You’ll encounter several of these types of attachment;
remember them well.
Step 16: Remove the door panel after having released all white
plastic grommets and lift. The paneling hangs on the door like a picture
Step 17: Note the location of the white plastic grommet thingys. Step 18: Tear off the caulking that attaches the plastic moisture
barrier starting at midway of the door (This may not be necessary unless
you’re replacing the door lock mechanism).
Step 19: Remove black plastic grommet towards the rear-top corner. Step 20: Continue removal of caulking until you have access to what
you need to get to(This may not be necessary unless you’re replacing the
door lock mechanism).
Step 21: Take a moment of rest and observe the tasks before you. Step 22: Note the exterior door handle and keyhole are attached to
transfer bars with plastic thingys encountered in step 14.
Step 23: Window guide track (keeps the window from falling into the
door when you roll it down.)
Step 24: unscrew the brass bolt and gently remove the guide track
from its plastic sheathing by sliding it downwards.
Step 25: Nice and easy. Slow and steady. Step 26: Take another moment to admire the genuine Honda part that I
paid too much for.
Step 27: I can’t believe they charge $60 for this $&it. Step 28: Unhook the plastic object from the transfer bar. (Remember
to do them all. There are 3 of them: the black one in the foreground,
the green one in the background, and a yellow one on the assembly that
connects to the interior door handle transfer bar.) It’ll take some
effort to remove the exterior door handle transfer bar. Take care not to
break the damn thing.
Step 29: Unhook the power-doorlock harness. unscrew and remove the
brown plastic cover that shields the door lock transfer. Snake the
neoprene coverd door lock cable through the opening, inside the the door
cavity. Unscrew the 3 giant screws that holds the door lock mechanism
to the door.
Step 30: What it should look like if you are successful with step
29. My apologies for the muddled instruction – it’s kinda hard to take
pictures when you’ve got your hands inside the door.
Step 31: Remove the lock cable (neoprene covered) from the old door
lock mechanism. I know you’ve seen this set-up somewhere before.
Step 32: Make sure the mechanism is in the unlocked setting,
otherwise, the L-hook will butt-up against the housing and get stuck.
Step 33: Note the striking similarity between the old and the new. Step 34: Install the cable onto the new assembly.
Step 35: With the exterior door lock and handle transfer bars facing
upward, proceed to reintegrate the new part.
Step 36: Integration in progress.
Step 37: Loosely attach the door lock mechanism with screws (This is
so you have room to fudge with the transfer bars.
Step 38: Attaching exterior door lock transfer bar.
Step 39: Attaching the exterior door handle transfer bar. Step 40: Exerting some gentle persuasion.
Step 41: Nothing a little brute force can’t rectify. Step 42: re-attach interior door latch transfer bar.
Step 43: How it looks out of focus. Step 44: Snake the door lock cable out of the cavity and re-install
brown cover.
Step 45: re-attach the power doorlock harness. Step 46: secure the screws holding the entire assembly.
Step 47: Re-insert window guide under the sheathing and push all the
way up.
Step 48: If the hole does not match the end of the guide, you did it
wrong. Re-work step 47 until you get it right.
Step 49: Grease all moving parts to and zinc-coat all ferrous parts
if possible. Run a bead of caulking along the edge of the moisture
Step 50: Read the disassembly instructions backwards to assemble the
parts that’s now all over the floor. Good luck.

This article is a transplant from 10-25-2007, from an older version of powered by Drupal®.