Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")
- 10mm socket
- Short extension (optional)
The door check is the piece that lies between the door’s hinges and holds the door open at a couple places, keeping it from blowing open & shut in the breeze. It looks like this:
***Before I continue, let me say that I replaced my door check because it was clunking whenever the door was opened/closed. This may not be a good reason to replace it, as I found out. The new part did not totally solve the problem, though it was a bit quieter. The real problem, it turned out, was that the metal on the door where the check mounts is stressed, and buckles a bit and creaks. I will be looking into reinforcing the mounting point.
Ok, back to replacing the door check.
Lower Door Trim Removal
For driver’s side door check:
For passenger side door check:
Once that trim is off, you’ll need to pull the rubber seal out of the way of the hole you will need to work in. First, remove the wiring harness from the rubber (yellow). Just grab the harness and carefully pull out – it is just wedged in there. Next, just grab at the edge of the rubber and pull out gently, but firmly (red).
It will then look like this…
Installation is the reverse of removal.