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Old 05-10-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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Hi all,

This is probably an idotic question, but I fully admit I have no idea what I'm doing. I have a big puddle in my rear driver'* side floor b/c someone kicked the door in , oh yes they did, don't even get me started. Obviously it doesn't seal right. I'm hoping to improve things by removing the inner door panel and pushing the dent back to somewhere resembling normal shape, hopefully enough to stop the leak anyway. Having spent several hundred dollars on maintenance and repairs lately, I've got no funds to get a professional to do it, I've got to try this myself.

I have the instructions to remove the panel from Techinfo, they are clear enough but I have no experience disconnecting the electrical things for the lights and door lock controls. Can anyone please, please, please give me a tip on what I'm going to be looking at/ what I'll need to do when I get to disconnecting/reconnecting these things?

This is a '93 Bonneville SE, if it makes a difference.

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Come on, can anybody at least tell me if I'm likely to electrocute myself or not?
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12 volts is not likely to electrocute you. The leak, BTW, may be through a shrunken door seal, and not caused by the dent. The electrical connectors are like little puzzles. You find the lock, undo it, and pull them apart. There are as many different types of locks as there are types of connectors. Usually a small screwdriver is helpful to raise (or lower) a locking tab enough to wiggle the connector apart. Just take your time and examine each connector, and you will figure it out.
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Unhook your battery first...Remove "as described" in other threads, and while I have never removed this car'* panel, all the power equipment is hooked up by either an obvious connector pin. Which will most likely make sense to you once you have removed the panel "gently"...and not very far off the door frame because those connections usually don't have alot of extra wire for full panel removel...If you can get the door panel off, your understand what needs to be done next.
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Thank you both! I do know how to unhook the battery, and I'm good at puzzles. I will check the door seals as well but I'm pretty sure at least some of the water'* coming through due to the crack as I can see it seeping in when I wash it.

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Thank you both! I do know how to unhook the battery, and I'm good at puzzles. I will check the door seals as well but I'm pretty sure at least some of the water'* coming through due to the crack as I can see it seeping in when I wash it.

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What crack is this?
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the door must have been kicked REALLY REALLY hard to have put a crack in metal.... was the crack there from something else?

where is this crack? do you, or can you get a picture of it?
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Oh sorry, not really a crack. The piece of stripping(? don't know if that'* the right word), the black piece of plastic that'* supposed to fit in where the door meets the window, doesn't fit all the way in anymore. There'* a space between the stripping and the door, that'* what I meant by crack.
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