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you have to remove the door panel this is a common problem on the door latches
I understand this. My problem is that I don't know how to remove the door panel if I can't open the door.
yes this is the hard part the front seat will need to be removed and the door panel will then have to come out.
this is how we do it at the dealer
so first step unbolt the front seat and remove it. then remove the door panel.
On this model their should be a small tab that can be pushed down on the latch that will open the door.
let me get a picture.
please CLICK HERE for door latch info. you will need a small mirror to see this pin and a 90 deg pick tool or something to push down on the rod as marked.
then once the door opens remove the latch and replace the latch assembly .
So it's the latch and not the actuator?
if you cant open this from the inside or outside then 100% a latch issue
the new door latch comes with a new actuator
What's the best way to remove the door panel--from the bottom, the top, what? It's hard to access any edges with the door closed.
Oh--they come together. OK.
Do I have to go to a deal for this part or is it available after market?
yes from the bottom to the top. just make sure you DON'T forget any of the screws
How many are there?
this is the hard part.
I guess I"ll break a couple of the clips, eh? I'll need to replace them as well.
these were not made to be removed while the door is shut. so use caution
yes a few clips will get damaged. but if your careful you wont break the door panel
we charge about 3 hours at the dealer for this job
OK. I'll be careful and let it take as long as it takes! I"m sure it will take me longer than three hours... I'll check on all the clips and buy the parts before I start taking anything apart.
So I should remove every screw and bolt I can find and them keep looking for more as I go along?
the latch I would buy from Honda
OK. Thanks a lot! Over and out.