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Old 03-31-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hi,
I am getting a strange but loud 'thunk' everytime I roll up or down the driver's side window on my 02 WRX sedan. I have searched and found several posts on window issues with the car but none that talked about such strange noise.

I am assuming that perhaps the window tracks / channels might need attention and would appreciate if anyone knows how to take the door panel off so that I can access the window mechanism.

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Old 03-31-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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Roll down the windows first as it will make it easier to remove the panel.
Take out the screw in the door grab.
Pop up the handle and disconnect the electrical connectors.
Take out the screw in the opening left when you removed the grab.
Pop out the black plastic corner piece at the corner where the door meets the A-pillar.
Pop the door panel out towards the bottom.
The next step is up to you. . you can try to remove the trim ring around the door handle or just pull on the bottom of the door panel and the trim ring should pop off.

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Old 03-31-2004, 01:52 PM   #3
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The next step is up to you. . you can try to remove the trim ring around the door handle or just pull on the bottom of the door panel and the trim ring should pop off.

Calvin
Jam a credit card in the junction of the trim ring and the plastic behind the handle. Jam it inside and in the middle of the top at about 45 deg angle and work it forward to unhook the front wedge and back to unhook the back. Hold the top out with a scrap and repeat for the bottom two wedges. When the botom two pop out slide the card forward and get the front wedge unclipped.
The back clip has to be pushed from the outside in opposite to the other five. Bend the card a little and slide it in from the back.

Just pulling on it might distort/break something.

edit: what is that black crap that holds the vappor barrier on?
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Old 03-31-2004, 01:58 PM   #4
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i sort of touch on door panel removal in my LED Mirror conversion

see instructions here

pretty much the same on all impreza's

good luck
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Old 04-01-2004, 09:26 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your advice. Subiegal, Great set of instructions on your site.
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Old 04-01-2004, 09:51 PM   #6
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When you get the pannel open I expect you will find one or more of the 4 bolts that hold the window regulator has or have vibrated out. I went through that last weekend. If you get to it before the regulator twists out of position, it should be easy to just tighten to the bolts. A drop of locktite on each bolt is probabily helpful before you tughten the bolts. Once things shift around, and get out of place, the job gets ugly.

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