door panel tool will not even come close to fitting from above, might from below, but if bottom pulled outward the top of rocker cover can rub bottom of steel part...even from below I'm pretty sure door panel tool would almost certainly scratch the paint under there (I fear rust).mooch said:There is a special tool used to remove the fasteners. It is like a fork, it has two flat prongs with a large gap in-between them. If you don't have this tool you can use one or two flat head screw drivers. It might be difficult with the screw drivers and you will probably ruin the fastener clips. The fasteners get damaged pretty good even with the special tool, you might need to replace some or all of them. Ask the parts department if they have them in stock just in case you need some. Most likely they won't my dealership said I had to order them in. Please let me know how it worked out for you because I want to take mine off this spring to clean all the salt and sand out form under there. I want to spray some under coating under there to protect from all the salt for next winter.
yeah they snap into notches on the cover...weird that the service manual dont show the part number for 'hidden clips' or the 'suitable tool' aint it? the clips slide downward to remove from panel, but way rocker cover is made you cannot 'lift' to pop it off the clips. I trimmed the ends of bottom flanges on mine too while off- trimmed off part of bottom lip so I could rinse crap out of the corners without having to remove- both mine had 'coldpatch' crap from our fine Ohio winter roads rattling in the back corners- the slots for the bottom pins are way too long- I think the open slot ends invite stuff off the front wheels to get inside...gaps at ends too tight to get the stuff out.mooch said:So that white clip is attached to the skirt? Is that white clip pushed into the body to keep it tight and straight?