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Chevrolet Captiva Service & Repair Manual: Cowl Panel

Do not damage any inner panels or reinforcements.
If the location of the original plug weld holes can not be determined, space the plug weld holes every 1 1/2 inches apart. Some panels may have structural weld thru adhesive. It is required to replace the weld thru adhesive with an additional spot weld between each factory spot weld.


1. Disable SIR system.
2. Disconnect battery ground.
3. Remove all related panels and components.
4. Repair as much damage as possible to factory specifications.
5. Remove sealers and corrosion protection materials from repair area.
6. Locate and drill out all factory welds. Note number and location of welds for installation of cowl panel.
7. Remove damaged cowl panel.


1. Drill 5/16 inch holes for plug weld as required on service component, in locations noted from original assembly.
2. Prepare all mating surfaces as required.
3. Apply 3M® Weld Thru Coating P/N 05916, or equivalent, to all mating surfaces.
4. Position front upper outer rail to vehicle using three dimensional measuring equipment. Clamp cowl panel into place.
5. Plug weld accordingly.
6. Clean and prepare all welded surfaces.
7. Apply sealers and corrosion protection materials to repair area, as required.
8. Refinish repaired area.
9. Install all related panels and components.
10. Connect battery ground.
11. Enable SIR system.

Removing and installing the cowl panel on a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva involves a systematic approach to ensure a smooth and accurate process. To begin, open the hood and locate the cowl panel situated at the base of the windshield. Start by disconnecting the windshield wiper arms; use a wiper arm removal tool or gently pry off the caps and nuts securing the arms, then lift them away from the studs. This step allows clear access to the cowl panel.

Next, identify and remove any plastic clips or fasteners securing the cowl panel to the vehicle's body. Take care not to damage these clips during removal. Once all clips are released, carefully lift the cowl panel upward and away from the vehicle, ensuring any electrical connectors or hoses attached to it are disconnected. Inspect the panel for damage and ensure the replacement panel is in good condition before proceeding with installation.

When installing the new cowl panel, reconnect any electrical connectors or hoses according to their positions on the panel. Align the panel correctly along the base of the windshield, ensuring it sits flush and matches the vehicle's body lines. Secure the panel in place by inserting and fastening the plastic clips or fasteners securely. Reinstall the windshield wiper arms by placing them back onto the studs and tightening the nuts. Finally, close the hood and test the functionality of the windshield wipers to confirm smooth operation.

Following these steps diligently and referring to the vehicle's service manual for additional guidance can help ensure a successful cowl panel replacement on your 2014 Chevrolet Captiva. If you're uncertain or uncomfortable with the process, consulting a professional mechanic or authorized service center is advisable to ensure proper installation and functionality.

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