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After a month or so of owning my S8 I have just now noticed a pretty cool feature.

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Old 03-17-2017, 08:57 PM
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Default After a month or so of owning my S8 I have just now noticed a pretty cool feature.

Soft close doors....and they work hahaha
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If they stop working then it is usually the door latch that fails. I had to replace the drivers and passenges door latches on my 06.
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How hard is it to replace the door latch - any special tools needed, and approx time to get it done?
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Maybe a few hours if you have done door cards before. Beyond general tools a DIY'er is already set up with, only things I can think of are:

1. Get some of the pins that hold card to door before you start from dealer before hand. There are probably at least a dozen around door card. Many will survive, but some will get screwed up. Major waste of time to try to get them to work again, and it's often a fail. Thus I pull card, inspect pins and chuck ones with an issue. I literally have a go-to baggie with about half a dozen of those, half a dozen front fender liner pins and a few of those female plastic nut insert things used on ends of belly pan.

2. Be sure to have instructions for going into the access holes to unbolt window after pulling door card. Otherwise you will get door card off and be staring at another aluminum bulkhead panel, saying how the hell do I get that off to get anywhere? Once that comes off, you will find door much more open, though latches are invariably up in corner nether regions.
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OK...I'll have all the plastic rivets/clips on hand. Looking at Bentley, it seems like once the door card is off, the panel underneath (assembly carrier) is held by a dozen or so screws, plus I'll need to get into the two access holes to unbolt the window. But it sounds like the window does not need to come out?
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It's a cool feature but my kids still slam the doors!!lol
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Ha. Yeah, I stopped trying to tell people they don't need to slam it. And when I shut the door for a passenger, they say the door didn't close. It did.

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How hard is it to replace the door latch - any special tools needed, and approx time to get it done?
There is a triple square socket needed and some torx sockets. Other than that, not much else special.
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I stop letting people in the car if they don't quit slamming the doors. At the very least, I get the door for them. Too many electrics in the door for it to undergo regular abuse.
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I just don't know the perfect situation on when or how to use them. I naturally just.... shut my door. It seems you would have to get into the habit of barely closing it. Which seems odd.
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