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I might be misunderstanding the information sent.
Can door panel can be removed while the door is closed and drivers seat is in the car?
The door does not open with either the interior or exterior door handle or latch. So there is no misunderstanding, the door will not unlock manually or electrically, and therefore cannot be opened any way in the current condittion that I know of. When using the electrical unlock, all other doors unlock. When the car is turned off no lock opens automatically. Normally all doors unlock.
Should I get to the point of actuator rod removal, will that allow for removal of the hook or pin that keeps the door shut?
Thank you for the reply.
If the door does not open, then you will have to remove the front drivers seat to gain easier access.
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WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when repairing an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) vehicle and when handling an air bag module. This will reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accidental deployment.
WARNING: After deployment, the air bag surface can contain deposits of sodium hydroxide, a product of the gas generant combustion that is irritating to the skin. Wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.
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NOTE: If a seat equipped with a seat mounted side air bag and/or a safety belt pretensioner (if equipped) system is being serviced, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) must be depowered.
NOTE: The air bag warning lamp illuminates when the RCM fuse is removed and the ignition switch is ON. This is normal operation and does not indicate a supplemental restraint system (SRS) fault.
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NOTE: Some component connectors may not exist due to vehicle options.
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WARNING: Be sure that nobody is in the vehicle and that there is nothing blocking or set in front of any air bag module when the battery ground cable is connected.