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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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How do I remove 08 Liberty Inner Door Panel (black plastic)

Could someone please explain how the black plastic inner door panel is removed on an '08 Jeep Liberty.
I have seen several posts on this forum asking, but I am definently having the same problem others seem to run in to with this beast.
I see the white plastic nub on the white plastic carrier of the window requlator (goes through hole in window glass), but can't figure out how to get it separated. I have tried prying back the black plastic inner liner as far as I can and tried prying with a long screwdriver on this nub, but 'aint nothing budging!
I'm scared I'm about to pop the glass and I know there must be some trick on this, but I'm at a loss.
I need to get to the window regulator as I have the same problem that I saw someone else describe where the cable has came off of the pulleys on the window regulator assy.
Any help is certainly appreciated.

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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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I cant get ours off our 09, so I will wait and see if anyone has a clue here.

I asked this question on some website and emailed back and forth with an 11 year Chrysler tech, and I still can not get the son of a mother ****ing ***** off.

I think you are right, there has to be some easy trick, but I sure as **** cant figure it out.

I am trying to remove the panel to get to the door latch motor.

here is what the guy told me...

Basically, start by removing the door panel and speaker. Then release the window from the regulator, depending on whether it's been updated or not it'll either have a plastic tab to release the window glass or a couple metal clips, once you have the window free you can tilt it down towards the front of the vehicle, allowing it to come out of the run channel, then you can pull it out the top of the door. At this point you should be able to just unbolt the rear run channel and push it out of the way so you can access the latch.

If you're having issues working around the plastic part(carrier plate) you can remove it to gain more access.
You'll still need to remove the glass first, there is a tape covered access hole in the panel, if you remove the tape you'll be able to access the glass release more easily, usually I go through the speaker hole, but, going through the small access hole you'll be able to use a screwdriver to depress the release tab and remove the glass once you get the window at the correct height.

Once you have the window removed you can remove all of the bolts around the perimeter of the panel, and the three bolts that go to the latch, you can then pull the whole assembly out of the door, you'll just have to disconnect the linkage that runs up to the outside handle.

This seems really difficult because it is, especially your first time in one of these door.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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Hey Jeff88

Just wanted to tell you thanks for the added info in your post.
I was finally able to get this panel off today!! The part of your post about the taped over access hole was what did it for me.
I removed the tape and it does allow for direct access to the white pin/nub that goes thru the glass from the carrier. It took an extremely big amount of force on the thing with a screwdriver to get it to finally pop loose. You can see in the picture the vertical slot in the pin where the pressure is to be applied. (the window has to be raised/lowered to the right height to get the required access).
I'm including a couple of pictures as there is still an area around the door lock mechanism that has three slotted tabs that have to be dislodged before the panel can be removed. I just held on to everything as much as possible and forced the panel forward to pop the tabs loose.
I have already called the dealership and ordered a new window regulator which includes the black plastic panel and carrier/cable assy./etc. cost $133.
(everything except the window motor, comes as an assy).
inner-panel.jpg   access-hole.jpg   backup-plate.jpg   2012-06-01-18.26.22.jpg  
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Unread 06-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Cool, I am going to use your pictures to get mine open this weekend.

Up until it didn't come apart I actually thought Chrysler did a great job of designing the door panel and how it comes off.

So, at first I was thanking them in my head, and by the end of the evening, I wanted to ***** slap each engineer so hard that Lee Iacocca felt it.
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Unread 06-18-2012, 08:28 AM   #5
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cp08liberty----excellent pics and help, thanks
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Unread 02-07-2013, 02:56 PM   #6
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Easy after you have done it once.

I REALLY recommend having a helper to free the window glass from the track. Once the plastic nub is in view through the aforementioned hole, press on it firmly with a long screw driver with a 1/4" head while your helper pulls up on the glass. When the glass is free of the nub, it will easily pull up. Duct tape it in the full up position (no need to remove glass from car) and remove the panel. When new panel is in place, be sure that the plastic glass retainer is all of the way DOWN in it's track. Then bolt the panel in place, un-tape the glass and lower it. Mine dropped right into the carrier and all I had to do was push on it to seat the nub into the glass hole. Before you remount the door fascia, hook up the window controls and confirm that it works the way it should. Amazon has the front driver's side for $106 with free shipping - I bought mine at O'Reillys for $86 + $16 shipping. Took me over 3 hours this time and I'm sure I could do it in 1 1/2 hour next time.
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Unread 03-16-2014, 07:23 PM   #7
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man, what a pain in the neck job. Thanks for the helpful posts and pics, as I would have been lost without them. I still haven't managed to get the panel to disengage the three slots by the lock mechanism. Any subtle tricks to that one, or do I just need to use more force?

Anyone have the mopar part # for the panel? My window regulator is shot.
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