Door Panel Click

  1. RedGiant217

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    Yesterday, I noticed that my door trim makes a distinct click when I go to push the door open.
    In the video, I am barely pressing on the door panel. Not even enough to move the door.
    Passenger door does not do this.

    I will be stopping by the dealership today and will follow up.

     
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    I have this. I’ll go you one further though - my drivers side door also clicks rhythmically on its own. While stationary.

    What’s up with that?
     
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    Normal. Its just a $35K civic.. just a regular one ;)
     
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    Seems like it mostly went away before I could get it into the dealership. I showed it to them when I made the appointment and the guy there made it seem like he didn't think it was normal.
    It's right by the door handle which makes it pretty annoying when opening the door. If it's normal, so be it. But if it's not, I'd like to get it fixed.
     
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    Oh man, does yours also clicks from time to time too? I noticed that to me it looks like mine is coming from the pillar above the seat belt mount to your left. I was wondering if that can be related to the airbag which sits there.
     
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    #6 mjchristian, Sep 10, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2019
    I've noticed this click in mine as well. When it happens, I hear it like clockwork every 3-4 seconds for about 30 seconds or so.

    From what I've observed: it happens only when the car is warm (usually after sitting in the sun), and it starts while accelerating from low (city) speeds to highway speeds. <pushed glasses up nose> I have decided it's caused by the pressure gradient between interior and exterior atmosphere (exterior being lesser at higher speed), combined with a gasket that has been softened by heating. I hypothesize that this allows a very regular amount of air leakage and when the pressure gradient is great enough, this results in a rhythmic "click" or "tick" as the gasket lets air through. This continues until either the gasket is cooled by the rushing air, or until the gradient is no longer large enough to overcome the seal.

    All of which is to say - It's a Civic, so I'm not going to fuss too much about every creak, squeak or click. Even the CTR is, at its heart, based on a 20-something thousand dollar car. Honda's are pretty reliable and well-sorted, but you're not paying for the (cough-pointless-cough) R&D that companies like BMW do, making sure every switch and lever feels like it's worth about 400% as much as it is.
     
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    Having taken my door panels off, I can tell you this is nothing to worry about. The door panel is attached by a bunch of clips around the edge and 1 screw, which is it's only real hard point (it's underneath the button panel). This means that when you push on the plastic anywhere between the screw and the edge, you'll flex the panel enough to touch off on something, or cause the joined pieces to creak/click.

    I've noticed the same exact click as you recorded. I can also tell you that the coupe (used to have a 2017) has no such click, and feels a lot more sturdy. This is because it has 5 screws holding it on, with several hard attachment points where it's screwed into metal. That's something I miss about the coupe... but not that much.
     
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