STRIPPING THE OLD DOOR
Parts to be removed from the old door include the window glass and trims, wiper motor, check strap, wiring loom, latch and wheel carrier.
Sealant is scraped off inside, avoiding the heating elements. Outside, a thin blade cuts the sealant between the glass and the frame.
We’re removing the hinges but they’re very worn, so are likely to spoil the fit of the new door and cause rattles, so we’ll fit new ones.
With the wiper motor and wiring removed, we see cracks (arrowed) caused by weight on an original-type wheel mount – a common problem.
We remove the glass first to avoid the risk of it being broken. The six-piece glass retainers are unscrewed, and the window heater element leads detached.
The glass is gently eased out and stored safely aside. Sealant will be cleaned off the glass and glazing strips before refitting to the new door.
The glazing strips are stuck to the sealant, so need to be eased up gently and evenly to avoid kinking them. They’re cheap to renew.
The door latch assembly is removed, and the spare wheel carrier is unbolted. This is the mounting plate for a swing-away carrier.