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Seeing as sliding door issues (especially the rear latch) come up quite frequently here, and there"s not a clear tutorial for this already, I figured I"d make one.I"ve done this a couple of times before, but being myself, I didn"t think to take any pictures while doing it. I will try to throw in pictures from online here and there, but other than that, I hope my text explanations will be good enough, and if I ever end up having to do this again, I will take some pictures and add them here.Just to give you guys an idea, it took me quite a while doing this the first time since I didn"t exactly know where to pry, stuff like that. The second time I had the whole thing off, did what I had to do, and put it back on in about 30 minutes.Here are some of the things you"ll want in order to do this:- Something to protect the plastic when you"re prying things (I used this the first time around, the second time I didn"t bother since I knew how to be careful with it)- A flathead screwdriver or some other tool you can use to pry- This one"s optional, but it might make your life a bit easier: some kind of angled prying tool. You might be able to get away with a decent-sized flathead, but an angled tool may save you some frustration.- A rag or something that can fit in the gap behind the interior door handle- You may want some extra plastic panel clips in case you break anyAlright, now on to the actual process.Start by removing the seat that is closest to the door you"re working on. Pull the little lever that is on the outer side of the seatback, near where the seatback meets the seat bottom. This will allow the seatback to come all the way down onto the seat bottom.Then, look next to the bar that you use to adjust the seat forward and backward. There will be a little black lever with a seat release icon on it. Pull that lever, and lift up the back of the seat. Once you have the back lifted up, give the entire seat a firm pull towards the rear to fully release the seat. You can now remove the seat from the van.Before you start working on the door, turn the power door switch to the off position if you have a power sliding door, so that you can maneuver the door manually.Now that you have a little working room, the next thing to do is to remove the inside door handle. There"s a little metal snap-ring like clip that holds it in. The trick to get this out is to slide the rag behind the door handle, bring it down until you feel it catch on the ears of the clip. When that happens, give the rag a firm tug downwards, and the clip will come flying out. That clip loves to go into tight places, so make sure you find it. I was wondering where mine went...it ended up falling underneath the 2nd row Plus One seat cushion...Here"s a diagram showing the handle and clip.
Once you have the clip out, the handle should just pull off the shaft. It may take some force to get it started.Next, you"ll need to remove the 2 trim pieces circled here in red
Note that the window trim does not have to be fully removed, just these portions have to be unclipped. For the trimpiece on the left (flip the directions if working on the passenger side door), start prying at the bottom right corner, unclip the right half of the trim, then give the piece a firm tug towards the front of the van to release the clips holding the left half in. For the trim piece on the right, also start prying on the bottom right corner, and pull up the lowermost clip and the clip above it. Do note that the bottom most one tends to get left behind and not come off with the trim piece. If this happens, just pull it out and slide it back into the trim.The final piece that has to be removed before the panel can be unclipped is the window switch. Get something that can fit in between the panel and the window switch piece, and start prying in the corner circled below. If you have cloth in this section instead of leather, you may notice that the cloth starts to lift up a bit. It"s not a big deal, once the window switch is removed, the cloth can be tucked back in.
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Lift up the back of the window switch, and then pull the whole thing towards the rear of the van to release the front of it.Finally, unplug the connector for the switch, and the whole switch piece should come out.With the window switch removed, now you can start pulling out all the clips holding the panel in.The easiest way to go about this is grip the cupholder that is at the bottom corner closest to the front of the van, and give it a firm tug outwards to release those clips. Move your way up the front side of the panel until all the clips on that side have been removed. The firm tug from the cupholder area likely also released all the bottom clips, and if you"re lucky, it even pulled out the clip hiding in the center of the panel, circled below.
If it did not pull this one out, reach in there with your hands and tug on that one to pull it out.It"s now time for the tricky part. The clips on the rear side of the panel require the door being open a bit to access, but even then, it"s a tight fit.One thing I learned is that it is a lot easier to start by pulling out the rear clips closest to the bottom, and work your way up. This is where the angled pry tool will help a lot. Once you"ve released the rear clips, all the clips have been released. There are no clips on the top.The top edge of the panel sits on a lip in the window channel area. This means that in order to get the panel out, you first have to lift it up first. This is why we had to remove those black trim pieces earlier. Once you lift it up, the panel should lift right out.The sliding door panel is now removed, and once you remove the white vapor barrier, you can access whatever you need, whether it"s the release actuator or the rear latch.Once you"re done with whatever you"re doing, simply reverse the above procedure to get everything back together.Here are a few things to note during reassembly:- Remember to put the panel back on the upper lip first, then align it properly, push down to get it on the lip, then push in all the clips.- Make sure to route the connector for the window switch through the panel, you don"t want to put it all back to find that you left it inside.- Before putting the panel back on, make sure none of the clips for the panel stayed in the door, and if they did, put them back.- When putting the door handle back on, the easiest way to get the clip back in is to push it into the little slot in the plastic of the door handle, then just push the door handle with the clip on it into the shaft until you hear a snap.Happy sliding.~WM
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