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Old 02-16-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Saturn S-series inner door panel and rods

So at some point in time, i will need to dissect my inner door panels. I have a power window on my left side that makes a grinding noise when i use the switch and only rolls down a little. And the keyhole locks on the outside dont quite work right. I can unlock my car, but not without tripping the alarm system and causing my car to get stuck. The lock doesnt feel right when you stick in the key. It may need some lubrication. Or some going over. I have a keyless entry so this isnt a real problem but it makes me nervous to think what would happen if i lost it or something. So, when we arent getting buried in snow, i would like to attempt to get at these issues.

Heres the issue. The door rods. I couldnt figure out how to get them into place properly so i could get the panel back together with all the lock connectors and stuff. So. Anyone have a guide to do that? With pictures?

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Old 02-16-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Saturn S-series inner door panel and rods

If you lock the doors with the FOB and try to unlock them with the key then you will set the alarm off and if you wait too long enable the ignition kill (fuel pump disabled). You have to lock the doors without using the FOB to be able to unlock with the key without tripping the security. If you do trip the alarm put the key in the ignition right away and start the car to prevent the system from enabling the lockout. There is a time delay window.

Security can be disabled by selecting the right programming option for your RKE (FOBs). There are instructions readily available on-line to do it yourself (programming a FOB) and it may even be in your owners manual. Below are the options available; I think you'd want #2.

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1..active.. horn enabled..alarm enabled..ign kill enabled
2..active..horn enabled..alarm enabled..ign kill disabled
3..active..horn enabled..alarm disabled..ign kill disabled
4..active..horn enabled..alarm enabled..ign kill enabled.
5..passive..horn enabled..alarm enabled..ign kill disabled
6..passive..horn enabled..alarm enabled..ign kill enabled
11..no horn sound.. all parts of security system disabled.. Will just lock and unlock vehicle
Regarding the rods, there is no trick. You access them by removing the interior door handle bezel (one screw). Each rod has a retaining clip that you rotate off the rod and the rod pulls out of the hole. To get them back in you just have to do your best to get them into the hole and snap the retaining clip back into place by rotating it. Agreed, it is a PIA.

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Old 02-16-2017, 07:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Saturn S-series inner door panel and rods

Taking the outer door panel off gives a lot of access to that stuff, maybe even more than you get by taking of the inner.

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Old 02-17-2017, 05:24 PM   #4
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I have removed my door panel before, both panels in fact. On a sl1 with manual windows. Never on a power window coupe. The rods were hell to get on and i had just my fingers. Theres no kind of tool for this?

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