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Old 09 May 2019, 04:34 pm
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Question Yet Another door locks thread...

My driver door no longer unlocks with the fob ( all the others do).

I'm figuring I should order a new solenoid. Maybe two, since the passenger rear door has always intermittently made a loud buzzing noise ( while still functioning perfectly...)

My question is, should I proactively order some "door panel clips"?
I suspect that the ones in there now are all original, very old plastic.

** I am assuming there are some kinda plastic clips holding the door panels on...

PS, while I am at it, would this be a good time to replace the electric mirror switch? It has never had full range of functionality, only vertical IIRC...
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Old 10 May 2019, 01:19 am
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I would always order some new retaining clips just to be safe. From my experience, in every car, no matter which make, model or year, one or two of those things break when working on a door panel. Interestingly I may have a special talent breaking them on installation rather than panel removal At least the first gen PTs have enough screws around the edge to hold the panel in place. Try that on a BMW or VW where you got 2-3 screws and a gazillion plastic clips.

PS, while I am at it, would this be a good time to replace the electric mirror switch? It has never had full range of functionality, only vertical IIRC...
Since the switch is located in the dash, you could work on that after replacing the solenoid. But It would be a good idea to check all cables running behind the door panel, including the electric mirror wires
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