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Old 12-08-2003, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default How to unplug wiring connector to front door panels ?

Alright, sad question, but I have to ask - didn't want to break anything last night...

I *attempted* to remove the door panel, following the FAQs here... what is the best way to unplug that wire connector that goes to the bottom of the door controls ? There's two things on the end and I squeeze them..and well, things don't loosen.

Do I simply grab the mo-fo and pull as hard as possible, or do I need to squeeze and pry with a flattip screwdriver at the same time ?

Figured I'd ask before attempting brute force.... Thanks for your help with my sad question!
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:35 PM   #2
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Those are kind of a pain. Just slowly work them with a combo of brute force and a small flat tip screwdriver.
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:57 PM   #3
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There should be a little section to press in with your fingertip or a screwdriver.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:07 PM   #4
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Don't try to remove the harness itself, just release the trim from around the switch. It took me forever to realize that. Now I can have the panel off in like a minute.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:18 PM   #5
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Thx, Cardiff Giant..I thought about that (just removing the trim from the controls itself) but visions of little springs and little switches all popping out kinda scared me...so I thought I would just post first... but now you've given me reassurance..I'll just do that!
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:20 PM   #6
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Dean, no problem. I actually installed two different sets of front speakers(installed some cheap Pioneers and then two months later decided to replace them with some nice Polks) and one rear set without disconnecting the window controls(I just moved the panel and held it while I was installing the speakers). It was a TOTAL pain but it was doable. Then when I decided to fix this resonation and install dynamat, I finally realized that If I just took a flat head screw driver and GENTLY released the clips that hold the window trim in place that I could take the plastic off and feed the controls through the opening in the door handle. I felt like a complete idiot for not having thought to try that before
Hope it all goes well for you!
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Old 12-09-2003, 07:31 PM   #7
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Did you guys snake new speaker wire out there somehow? Or just tap the existing wire. I need to get from my amp to the speaker in the door, but i can't see an easy way to get that wire up in there.
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Old 12-09-2003, 10:28 PM   #8
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I snaked two runs of 16 gauge speaker wire, along with 4 other wires for window modules thru the drivers door boot. 2 runs of speaker wire for the front passenger door, and 1 run each into the back doors. Not that hard if you have a metal snake.
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Old 12-10-2003, 07:16 AM   #9
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I ran two sets to each front door. It was tough, a couple hours busting my knuckles. I pulled the grommets away from the door and car and removed the tape, then used a coat hanger to fish the wires up through. It was tough to get the grommets back in, because there's not much room for leverage.

02SilvaWagon - Can you snake the wires w/o separating the boot from the door? And for the rear doors, Did you have to remove part of the side air bag system to access the wires in pillar?

As for the plug in the door controls, I pryed with a screwdriver while pushing the tab in (do not do this), nearly broke the tab off, but the connector still holds tight.
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