There are two more covers that are made of a harder plastic that are closer to the windshield. I had to switch to a ratchet and socket combination to remove those two screws. Also keep these four screws separate from the rest as they have different head designs and threads.
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Now the “A” pillar trim panel can be removed. Grab it at the top edge and pull it away from the metal pillar.
Now the rocker trim panel needs to be removed. It can be lifted from the front or the rear edge.
All of the harness connectors have to be disconnected at the junction panel. The harness also needs to be pulled from the body panel as shown below.
Now the upper dash trim panel needs the insert removed. It is held in place by multiple spring clips. I had to work the panel from both ends to get it free. This one had a sensor to the left of my hand that had to have the harness disconnected from it.
The air bag is attached with three 8 mm headed bolts. One bolt on the lower left side.
I took this picture through the windshield to give a better perspective on it’s location.
The airbag will slide out far enough to disconnect the wiring from the assembly. Again follow the manufacturer’s instructions for handling the airbag. The airbags are relatively safe to work around but you always need to keep the fact that they are an explosive device in the back of your mind. You can be hurt or killed if they are improperly handled.
In the process of determining that the door is broken you would have already taken this panel off. There are a total of three push pin retainers that have to be pulled out: Two on the driver’s side and one on the passenger side. The things to check in diagnosing this problem are: The coolant level is not low, Both heater hoses should warm up evenly from a cold start up to fully warmed and The actuator shaft should rotate in a 90 degree arc as the switch is turned from full cold to full hot. If all of these are okay the door is broken. Sometimes you can see that the door shaft is split where the actuator shaft enters it.
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One nut on the bottom. With both removed the bracket will lift up and off of the stud in the floor.