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How to Replace Front Door Check 05-11 Honda Civic

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How to Replace Front Door Check 05-11 Honda Civic

Created on: 2017-11-29

How to replace a broken or loose door check on 08 Honda Civic.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the switch wiring harnesses
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the switch panel opening
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Open the push clip with a flat bladed screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Release the door lock cables with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pop the clips and plugs out of the water shield with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the door lock actuator wiring harness
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Check
    • Remove the 12mm bolt from the door check
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the door check
    • Remove the door check through the door panel
  3. step 3 :Installing the Door Check
    • Tighten the 12mm bolt to the door check
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the door check
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Press the plugs on
    • Press the clips in
    • Connect the door lock actuator
    • Feed the switches into the door panel
    • Connect the door latch cable and close the clip
    • Connect the door lock cable and close the clip
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the Phillips screw behind the door handle
    • Slide the hook in
    • Press on the trim piece behind the door handle
    • Tighten the screw behind the switch panel opening
    • Connect the switch panel wiring harnesses
    • Press the switch panel into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

To remove this master window switch, there is a tab that is fitting under the door panel on this side, and there's a clip on this side, so it needs to be lifted up this way first, and then lift it out. I'm going to use this plastic prying tool—you can get these from—just kind of work it underneath the edge of the switch. If you need to, you can go on this side, the outside here. I'm just going to pop it up, and then it's going to lift out backwards. This hook here has to come off. Push in the locks, and pull this connector out. And another lock on this side, undo this connector. Take that out.

Then go in behind the door handle, use a plastic trim tool to pop this lock off. Might have to do it with that. Pop that plastic piece out, and put that aside. There's a small push clip. You can use a small flat bladed screwdriver to kind of open it up. Tricky to get in here. So, popped it out, now I can pull the clip out. It should be unlocked, and when I pull the door panel off, it should pop that out.

Remove the Phillips head screw. There's just push clips that are around the edge of the door holding it to the door panel now, so I'm going to hold onto the door and just give it a firm pull. Reach my hand underneath. The top of this door panel kind of clamps around the door panel, so I lift it up and off. Now that clip popped out because it was unlocked. So, we've got the door lock, the cables, going to pop this out and then pop that up. And then, there's another one here. I'm going to pop that off of there and this will pull out.

Take the small flat bladed screwdriver, and pop this lock up. I just had to pry this tab out from underneath this metal here, and that's what unlocked it. I need to remove this clip here and push that off. We'll pull that straight up, and pull the door panel out of the car.

We take off this water vapor barrier, and pop these plugs up. It needs a plastic trim tool. You can get these from, just going to pop it out gently. Make sure you don't lose them if you drop them. Unplug the door lock actuator. There’s a little lock on the top. Just push it in, and pull it right out. Get this rubber plug out of here. Just push that out.

Now we're ready to take this vapor barrier off. It's got this butyl tape that's on the back side of it, it's very, very sticky. Just carefully peel it off. Probably want to wear gloves because it'll get all over your hands, and you're also at the same time going to guide out this harness, as I pull this off. If this stuff is really sticky, you can take a razor blade, and as you're peeling it, just slice the butyl tape part.

Try to be careful with the vapor barrier, because it's kind of fragile and it can stretch and rip. You want to be able to reuse it. Guide the harness out of here. Just keep going. Also helps when you do this, if it's a warm day. This butyl tape is a lot easier to work with. Guide this one out. I want to put this somewhere where it's not going to lay sticky side down, and just where it won't get damaged so you can reuse it.

To replace the door check, there's a 12mm bolt here and two 10mm bolts here. You have to have the door panel off. You could peel back just this part of the vapor barrier, but we've got it off, because we were doing other things. You'll need to be able to get into here, so the door check will come out on the inside of the door.

Start by removing the bolt from the body, this is a 12mm. Just because careful when you undo this—your door could swing out further than normally, or it could just close unexpectedly. I'll take that bolt out, put it aside, and remove the two 10mm bolts that are holding it in. Feed this out and reach in. Pull it out of the door panel. That is your door check.

Reinstall the door check. Feed it into the door panel and find the opening on the outside of the door. Kind of maneuver it out. Going to hold it with one hand. Get the bolt holes lined up as best you can see. Strut the bolts. Place the larger 12mm bolt. Just tighten that down. Just tightening the other ones. Bring them in evenly. As I feel them get tight, I'll stop. The door check is replaced.

Replace our vapor barrier. Got some openings in it for the different cables. Let's do this first. Get the control cables in for the door lock and the door handle. There's another opening here for the door lock actuator. Get that set up. Feed the harness through for the master window switch and mirror control. Once those are in place, just line it up with where it was originally. This stuff is so sticky. Just put it back into place. Just go right around the edge. We're going to replace any rubber plugs you took out. That one there. This one goes on this side. Also holds in the vapor barrier. Put this little one back in place. Don't forget to plug in your door lock actuator.

To reinstall our door panel, we'll feed the master window switch up into the opening in the door panel. You're going to get close to the door. You need to reinstall the door lock and the door pull handle. This one with the threads, or the things that look like threads on it, sits in this opening here. You're going to get it pushed into place, and put this lock over. Get that into position. Also, helps to have the window open, as you can see, so you can kind of look through.

Grab our other cable and do the same thing. Push it into the opening, push the lock over, snap that in place and then push this lock up there. Now, I'm going to hang on the edge of the door panel. We'll get that set up first, just like that. Make sure our harness is out here, and we can just push it into place on the clips. Go around the door panel and push it in.

This Phillips head screw with the shoulder goes to the top. There's also a push clip that goes in here. Push that in place. Push the center part in to lock it. Place the trim cap, slide the little hook front part in. That's installed. Then, install this screw.

To install this, plug the large connector back in place. It'll click when it's locked in. Plug this small white connector into here. It'll also click. There's a tab that's going to fit into the door panel on this side first, then a clip that's going to clip down into the door panel. Start by fitting it this way, and then pushing it down into the door panel.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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