How to Install a New Door Popper to your Vehicle
Having a dysfunctional door assembly system is definitely a hassle especially if you are always on the go. That's why it is important that you take time to check the condition of your door assembly, and notice if something's wrong when you open or close it. One of the usual culprits of a defective door assembly is a worn-out door popper. Since this part is usually made of steel or aluminum, it is prone to wearing out due to rust and corrosion. When this happens, it can cause your door assembly to fail to operate properly. Good thing, you can replace your door popper in your own garage.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Silicone seal
- Screwdriver set
- Door popper
Step 1: Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual to locate the door popper in your vehicle. Prepare your door popper kit, which usually includes mounting hardware.
Step 2: Determine the suitable location where the control head will be mounted. The mounting bracket can be adjusted to allow the unit to be placed anywhere.
Step 3: Do not place any of the cables, connections, modules or relays under the carpet. It can cause the unit to malfunction since the area is exposed to excessive heat and moisture. A good location for the door popper is on the passenger side kick panel or behind the glove box.
Step 4: Install the black ground wire to a good ground and mount the control head. Plug in the cable to the control head and route it to the door popper.
Step 5: Route the battery wire through the firewall to the battery area. If necessary, drill a hole using the supplied grommet and make sure to seal it with silicone. Attach the battery wire to the supplied large fuse holder. Do not connect it to the battery yet.
Step 6: Route the safety wire under the driver's side dash area. Attach it to the ignition switch wire. This wire will detect when the vehicle is in park or neutral mode. Attach the wire properly to ensure that the door popper will inhibit the door from popping when the vehicle is in gear and in motion.
Step 7: Mount the antenna and route the cable to the door popper. Remove the door panel from the door that is going to be remotely opened. Route the solenoid wire and unlock motor cable from the door popper to the door. Plug in all the wires and cables to the door popper.
Step 8: Determine the wire that goes positive during unlocking and cut it in a location where the door popper's unlock motor can be connected. Attach the yellow wire to the wire going to the motor, and the red one to the switch.
Step 9: Locate the lever on the doorjamb mechanism that will unlatch the door when you pull it. Bend the clip and attach it to the solenoid actuator cable. Mount the solenoid in the door and adjust the clip. Be careful not to close the door.
Step 10: Attach the door popper battery wire to the battery point. Turn on the door popper system and try using the remote to see if the solenoid and the doorjamb will work. Adjust the solenoid and clip as necessary. Lock the door and repeat the test. Reinstall the door panel.
It will take you an hour or two to finish the installation of your new door popper.