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 Post subject: Door Panel Removal
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:28 am 
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Has anyone removed their door panel? I am trying to figure it out but I don't want to break anything. What has to be removed before the door can come off.

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You need to pull the cover thats around the door handle off, remove the two screws under the pull handle. Then pull the panel away from the door starting at the bottom and moving slowly to the top. Should come right off.

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ok thanks for the help

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just be careful popping teh connectors out, they break mildly, and can loose teh metal ones

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Yup listen to z3r0 had to go to the dealership after installing my 6 1/2s

Start by getting something to pop the cover off the door handle
*one in the center of the door* Not the actual handle...

There are 2 screws in there and i think there 10mms but im not sure but you will need a thin deep socket or a Hex head which works best...

Then unscrew the lock and pop the backing of the door handle off

I used a Door Puller tool but i don't think you REALLY need it but there are plastic tabs that line the outside of the door and a few in the middle of the door that hold the plastic to the metal door frame so start from 1 bottom corner and push the plastic fascia away from the metal frame and you should feel a tab release....

I think i hit everything... I'm not 100% sure... And I have a 2004 I'm not sure if anything has changed... But PM if you need help ill help in any way i can

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Yes, the bolts are 10mm

I start by pulling the triangular shaped plastic piece behind the mirror away from the frame, and continue gently pulling down the front side of the door, then around the bottom, and to finish by the door lock in the back of the door.

The door panel hangs on a metal "lip" at the top..when all the plastic pieces have been popped away from the metal, lift up ever so slightly, then out..

I've removed the door panels probably 25 times already with all the LED's.... :lol:

There's one connector inside the panel to be disconnected before complete removal.

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make sure that you use a plastic tool or at the very least tape up the end of a fairly stiff putty knife to pry them off. That way you don't scratch anything. I splurged and bought a set of trim removal tools from amazon for like $7.

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thanks for the help I will post pics up once I am completely done with them

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Im doing a side Mirror today so I will take pictures & post them up.. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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I know this is an old thread, but I am having a problem removing my front passenger side panel. I got the 2-10mm screws out of the door handle. They were pretty hard to get out cause my socket barely fit in there, so I pushed really hard and kept turning and they finally came out.

Someone said unscrew the lock. Does that just mean the plastic piece on the top of the door that shows if its locked or not or is that something else? I don't see any other screws anywhere. How do you pop the backing of the door handle off? I pulled and pulled on it and it won't release. I don't wanna break it off. Is there a screw somewhere that I missed?

Thanks for anyone who can help. I am trying to replace the mirror and don't wanna have to take it in to the shop and pay their ridiculous price of $165 to replace it. Found a replacement that is already the same color as my car for $45 in brand new condition, which I thought was very reasonable. Now to just get it on there...


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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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you don't have to remove anything other then the two screws and the trim piece around the pull handle on the inside.... after that it's just brute force to pull the panel off and up over the window lip... just be careful not to damage the clips holding it in place...

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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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Thanks for the reply. Just wanna make sure I understand this correctly.

So I removed the trim piece on the pull handle to expose the 2-10mm screws and removed them already... I can now pop the plastic off the door? I don't need to unscrew door lock or anything or remove the backing by the door knob?

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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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the backing near the pull can be removed early or will come off when you pull the rest off, but yea, just pull on the panel starting at the bottom.. (best if you have something plastic to wedge between the door and panel) and work your way around and up, it should pop off and then just lift up after and it will come off. like others said, watch the connectors

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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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mduga wrote:
Thanks for the reply. Just wanna make sure I understand this correctly.

So I removed the trim piece on the pull handle to expose the 2-10mm screws and removed them already... I can now pop the plastic off the door? I don't need to unscrew door lock or anything or remove the backing by the door knob?

Thanks again.


Here's the order I did the removal in:

1. Remove the elongated pull handle to expose the two screws (sounds like you've got this part down).

2. Remove the circular bezel around the door latch-handle. This was a little tricky and a little scary for me as I felt like I was going to break something. There are two metal retaining clips attached to each bezel. Pull firmly on the bezel on the top, and then on the bottom. Don't be surprised if the bezel's retaining clips break away from the bezel piece before they release from the door. If this happens, use patience and a small screwdriver to get the retaining clips out of the door, and reattach them to the bezel (it will be obvious where they go). To reinstall, push bezel firmly.

3. Remove door panel by gently prying around its outer edges to release the retaining clips.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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do-it-yourself-f12/instructional-video-how-to-remove-door-panels-t20591.html

I made an instructional video a while back for How to Remove Door Panels! Hope it helps ya out.

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 Post subject: Re: Door Panel Removal
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Thanks for the help Icutber, the video was helpful. After trying a number of specialty hex head sockets to try to remove the bolts of the door panel, I finally found out a Goodwrench 1/4" drive deep socket 3/8" socket fits in that beveled hole with no problem. Between that part and the Socket Wrench 6" Extension (1/4 Drive), removing the door panel was no problem.


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