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Old 11-29-2012, 10:10 AM
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Default Interior door panel clips are broken...any ideas? - RESOLVED

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The interior door panels for our cars press in and pop out via plastic "towers" that hold press-in clips. When they're intact, those plastic towers on the inside of the door panels look like this:

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Two of these plastic towers on my driver's side interior door panel...the door card for you Brits...are broken. I present the very sad photographic evidence:

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These two bits are in the upper rear corner of the driver's side interior panel...next to my left shoulder if sitting in the driver's seat. And really, what other seat would I ever sit in?

Anyway, since these bits are broken, the interior panel isn't well attached at that corner, doesn't sit tightly against the door, and rattles a bit. Each of these green plastic towers are a slightly different size, and of course they're held onto the door panel with a strong adhesive.

I'd like to fix this problem, ideally WITHOUT replacing the entire door panel. Any ideas on how I might be able to do that? Thanks in advance.



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Old 11-29-2012, 06:03 PM
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I had the same, really. Luckily, the parts were intact, so I used some JB Weld to glue it back together. Holds up really well, so far no issues!
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I bought a new interior panel by searching Ebay. Solved several problems for fit and condition.
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I had the same, really. Luckily, the parts were intact, so I used some JB Weld to glue it back together. Holds up really well, so far no issues!

So your plastic towers were intact, and you used JBWeld to reattach the towers to the door panel?
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- The engine was assembled on 15 March 1996, in the first two weeks of AJ26 4.0 engine production.
- 125,000 miles, modified and growling nicely!
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The upper rear bracket is apparently the most common one to break. There is a TSB on it, and I believe it is the only one you can buy individually from the dealer.

The part number is in the TSB (attached). I suspect if you replace just that one, it will solve the bulk of your problem.

I think what azetag was saying is if you still have all of the broken plastic bits, JB-Weld (regular, not quick-set) works quite well to repair the brackets.
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The upper rear bracket is apparently the most common one to break. There is a TSB on it, and I believe it is the only one you can buy individually from the dealer.

The part number is in the TSB (attached). I suspect if you replace just that one, it will solve the bulk of your problem.

Stellar! Thanks very much, Steve...my car isn't included in the VIN range on that TSB, but I'll talk to my buddy in the dealer parts department.


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- The engine was assembled on 15 March 1996, in the first two weeks of AJ26 4.0 engine production.
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Steve, I owe you big time on this one. Thanks very much for pointing me to that TSB...I've got many TSBs on file but hadn't seen that one.

The small, plastic part that was broken IS STILL AVAILABLE from Jag because of that TSB, for just a couple of bucks. I used a sharpie to mark the exact location and orientation of the broken piece, then used a thin, flexible scraper blade to pry the broken piece from the door trim. Then I used just a bit of JB Kwik to bond the new piece in place. Let it cure for 24 hours, and re-installed the door trim. The corner now holds tightly, and that annoying little rattle near my left shoulder is GONE.

After nearly two years of membership, this forum still impresses me. A post or cry for help on some obscure, frustrating little issue can lead to an easy answer. The only other option I had for that problem was a salvaged door panel from another car. Because I took the time to post, and you took the time to answer, I've kept my original trim and solved the problem for about four dollars.

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Great to hear Scott!

Having fitted a few of my remote top controllers for local customers myself, I have come across nearly every homebew scheme to refasten loose door panels, nearly all of which fail.

This is one case where a trip to the dealer will not burn a hole in your pocket and will save you tons of hassle!
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I owe Steve for this one too.

I needed to adjust the windows and of course BOTH sides broke so I recently did this TSB on two door panels. Went ahead and bought an extra clip for each side just in case I ever need the door panel off again. Cheap insurance!
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The interior door panels for our cars press in and pop out via plastic "towers" that hold press-in clips...........
Scott,

I've added 'RESOLVED' to your thread title to help others in future to find this thread with the solution to broken plastic "towers".

And to Steve (WhiteXKR) for posting the TSB.

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Great to find this easy fix, this is next on my to do list!
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I've been fighting this issue on the drivers side. I've replaced the bracket (C2N 3837) 3 times, but unfortunately I think all the trim looseness and removal / reassembly has worn down the christmas tree plugs that hold the trim in place. I'm hoping to replace those to get a firm grip on the thrim, but have been unable to find a part number for them. Has anyone replaced these parts before and have a part number for them?
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