SUBARUPictures of how I opened up the front door panel, removed the lock, and got it to turn again on the Subaru Legacy Outback 2.2 engine.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Driver's door lock is so stuck I'm afraid I will break off the key in there every time I open it. It is dirty, gummed up, unlubricated, and corroded.
    Drivers Door

  2. I will remove the interior door panel to gain access to the lock. I will not clean up the map compartment.
    Door Panel

  3. I pry off the tweeter speaker cover. Easy with a tiny screwdriver.
    Tweeter Cover

  4. Pulled off the tweeter.
    Pull off tweeter

  5. It's just stuck into these rubber holes. No clips or screws.

  6. I pry out this little clip at the front of the panel.
    Remove door panel clip

  7. Came out easy and not too fragile or brittle.
    The Clip

  8. Need to remove this screw behind the handle.
    Remove screw behind handle

  9. Carefully gently pry off this electric window switch cover piece. Gently so the screwdriver doesn't slip and scratch it. The clips inside are pretty sturdy.
    remove switch cover

  10. Here you can see the locations of the sturdy clips.
    Sturdy clips

  11. I pried off the cover on the door handle to find this large philips head screw underneath.
    Door Handle

  12. Um. Screwdriver.

  13. Here you can see the locations of the clips that hold the panel to the metal frame. The clips are plastic and may be old and brittle. I know I broke half of them when I did this on my Pathfinder that is just a few years older than the Suby. Some say use a putty knife. I used a flat screwdriver with some masking tape around the shaft to keep from scratching the paint on the door frame.
    Door Panel Clips

  14. To remove the door panel, I lifted it up and forward. Up to clear the window "sill", and forward to clear the door handle. Yes, Mr. Thomas, I know it is supposed to be the comma and then the quote, but in programming you keep strings inside quotes, seperated by commas. I think this way will catch on. So get your damn perusha out of my head.
    Damn you, Mr. Thomas. Slay your own damn dragon, you psycho.

  15. Disconnected wiring.

  16. Insulating plastic.

  17. I had to move or remove these things.
    ThePan    ThePan    ThePan    ThePan

  18. So I could get this electric door lock out of the way, unscrew the lock, and unhook this tiny plastic clip from the lock.
    electric lock

  19. So I could get to that lock.

  20. Wrestled the handle off.
    Subaru Door Handle    Subaru Door Handle

  21. Here's the back of the door handle.
    Subaru Door Handle and Lock    Subaru Door Handle and Lock

  22. Cleaned with solvent and a wire brush and compressed air.

  23. Lubricated with graphite lock lubricant.
    graphite lubricant

  24. Did a bit of restapling the upholstery while I was in there.

  25. Reassembly is the reverse of removal !!!

  26. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  27. Then I finished my beer.

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