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Anyone else have this issue with this panel?

Hi Folks,

I've had this issue for quite sometime. It seems as though overtime, this panel has lifted and is no longer flush with the body. The left side is worse and was once replaced under warranty (during the sudden acceleration fiasco). Just thought I share this info with the rest and get idea of others have /are experiencing the same.
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I broke a few push-in clips that hold this panel while installing my backup camera because they have to be removed from the inside of the door and I did it from the outside...They break easily as the plastic is brittle and they are costly!

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Remember, this is a plastic panel attached to the metal door. Compare with mine:
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I had the same thing happen that freedom55 had when I installed backup cam. I just use some screws in place of the cheap plastic tabs and all is well.

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Agh i see. But ive never touched or removed this panel. And yes was fully aware it is a plastic panel, noticed when it was replaced by dealer who also informed me that its mounted via clips. Nice to hear that screws can be used in place of the clips. Does this mean when the dealer installed the new panel they broke the clips and thats why they couldnt achieve a flushed install? Still puzzled how the original panel began to lift off. I guess frok junebug assessment given that its plastic should be expected to occur at some point, at least thats 2 of us (assuming junebug never experienced broken clips as well).
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I haven't had the issue but your RAV4 is the right color.
Would seem to me (also a PSU alumnus) that if clips were broken the panel would be somewhat loose and could be pushed or pulled in the misaligned areas.

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Agh i see. But ive never touched or removed this panel. And yes was fully aware it is a plastic panel, noticed when it was replaced by dealer who also informed me that its mounted via clips. Nice to hear that screws can be used in place of the clips. Does this mean when the dealer installed the new panel they broke the clips and thats why they couldnt achieve a flushed install? Still puzzled how the original panel began to lift off. I guess frok junebug assessment given that its plastic should be expected to occur at some point, at least thats 2 of us (assuming junebug never experienced broken clips as well).
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Pepepeter, from your picture it looks like it was installed to high. Look closely at your rear window seal, the panel is over the seal. Not good, it needs to be align right, clips might still be good. You can do this yourself, take off tire and door mount then see if you can re-seat it.

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I think Dtalk is onto something here. The red panel does seem to be sitting too high when compared to my silver panel. They must have installed it wrong.

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Pepepeter, from your picture it looks like it was installed to high. Look closely at your rear window seal, the panel is over the seal. Not good, it needs to be align right, clips might still be good. You can do this yourself, take off tire and door mount then see if you can re-seat it.
Sharp eyes! It is indeed too high. Incorrect installation is likely the culprit.

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