Hid­den screw

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

▶ Re­mov­ing a door panel to ac­cess the lock or win­dow mech­a­nism is of­ten a dif­fi­cult and tricky job. There is a va­ri­ety of meth­ods to hold the door pan­els of dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers in place and know­ing whether you are sup­posed to be lift­ing the panel off hooks or pulling it off clips is es­sen­tial to pre­vent break­age.

The door panel on this 2006 Re­nault Scenic is par­tic­u­larly prob­lem­atic if you are un­aware of the hid­den screw. Af­ter re­mov­ing the two screws in the pull han­dle, the small screw be­hind the door re­lease han­dle and the two screws at the base of the panel, you would think the panel should then lift free. This is not the case, be­cause the door panel first needs to be un­clipped and swung for­ward to re­veal an­other se­cur­ing screw.

Only when this screw is un­done will the panel lift up and off, giv­ing ac­cess to the win­dow mo­tor and door lock assem­bly.

The last se­cur­ing screw is hid­den be­hind the drop-down panel.

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