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Unread 03-09-2010, 01:08 AM   #1
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Drivers side door panel?

I've run into an issue where unlocking or locking the door via key or clicker the mechanism seems to like to stick wherever it was, with a tendency to stay locked. To open the door I have to click the clicker and pull the handle at the same time. I'm thinking it looks and feels mechanical, as it visually tries to unlock, so I figure I can take off the panel and look to see what is going on.

Anyways, long story short I don't have a manual off hand and couldn't turn up any results searching, what is the best way to pull the drivers side door panel off? I don't want to start prying without knowing where to pry!

And as thanks, here's a picture of my run in with a forklift (click for hires)


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Unread 03-09-2010, 01:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like dirt or corrosion. You can take the panel off by removing the screws, the window roller (if equipped), and the handle plate. Then gently prying the plastic pins out. After that, you will see two rods that run kind of horizontal from the handle/lock. The bottom one (on mine) is the lock. Check to make sure it is not bent, and give the mechanism end (by the latch) some wd40. Work the lock a few times and then put a thin coating of grease in the joint to make sure it keeps working. That is all I had to do to mine. I oil/grease everything at the same time so the handles, windows, and locks all work smoothly. Easier to do it at once than to have to take the panel off again.
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Unread 03-09-2010, 08:26 AM   #3
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Your actuator/latch is probably shot. Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ - Door panel removal
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