I removed the screw behind the inside door handle & have gone around the perimeter of the door without much success in loosening the panel. Just want to make sure there are no more screws to remove so I don't break something.
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Remove the front seat can give you access to remove the panel. But if it has screws around the outer perimeter, most likely will have to tear it out. Best to find a replacement first. Look at the drivers door, if it has screws, so does the passenger side. There are screws around the arm rest and door handle to remove, then it pops off. Again the seat has to be out of the way.
I just do them. Done to many. So this is generic. Look for plugs around the door handle, arm rest, and by the mirror. Pop them out, screws behind them. Screws can also be around the perimeter of the door panel. Also behind door reflectors. Once out lift up on the panel. If it doesn't go up, use a screw driver, start at the bottom and pop it off.
Hi Roberta, here's the instructions on how to remove your door panel. I have to wonder though on why you are removing it, my guess is you window doesn't roll up or down and your replacing the regulator. Any way here goes.
Remove the plug and remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
Remove switch bezel and disconnect power window/memory switch.
Remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket.
Answer FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL REMOVAL Using a trim stick (available from parts stores), pry courtesy lamp from door trim. Disconnect wire connector from courtesy lamp. If equipped, remove screws attaching door assist handle to inner door panel. If equipped, remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel. If equipped, remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket. If equipped, remove window crank. Using a trim stick, remove screw cover from switch panel. Remove screws attaching switch panel to door trim. Remove power accessary switch from door trim Front Door Switch Panel Disconnect power switch from wire connector. If equipped, using a small, flat bladed pry tool, remove memory seat/mirror switch and disconnect wire connector Memory Seat/Mirror Switch If equipped, remove screw holding door trim to door panel from behind inside latch release handle. Disengage clips attaching door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel Front Door Trim Panel Lift trim panel upward to disengage flange from inner belt molding at top of door. Tilt top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage. Disengage clip attaching linkage rod to inside latch release handle Inside Door Handle Linkage Separate linkage rod from latch handle. Remove front door trim panel from vehicle. INSTALLATION Hold top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage. Place linkage rod in position on latch handle. Engage clip to hold linkage rod to inside latch release handle. Place front door trim panel in position on door. Install trim panel into inner belt molding at top of door. Install clips to attach door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel. If equipped, install screw to attach door trim to door panel behind inside latch release handle. If equipped, connect power switch into wire connector. Place power accessary switch in position on door trim. Connect wire connector into memory seat/mirror switch and install switch into trim panel. Install screws to attach accessary switch panel to door trim. Install screw cover into switch panel. If equipped, install window crank. If equipped, install screws to attach trim panel to door inside map pocket. If equipped, install screw to attach door pull cup to inner door panel. If equipped, install screws to attach door assist handle to inner door panel. Connect wire connector into courtesy lamp. Install lamp in door trim.
if you remove the cover that is behind the inside door handle and look you may see the arm that connects to the handle.if its connected then you will have to remove the inner door panel,if its come off the handle and you get a hold of it you can pull on it and the door should open.you have to be patient to remove the door panel with the door closed.you will need to remove some screws to loosen the panel from the steel door inner panel.(arm rest,cover behind the handle).pop up the power door/window switch control and remove the plug attached.pull out the inner door panel to unhook the clips around the outside edge of the panel,you will have to move the seat to get better access to some,then remove the panel and reach into the inner door and move the unlock arm to open the door.you move have clips that are broken that allowed the arms to come off that need replacing to fix the problem.
hello, Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent shock when handling the door components. Loosen the cable's nut with the pliers and slide it away.Pop off the side-view mirror interior panel with the tweeter on it. Use the door panel trim tool or a flat-bladed tool, such as a putty knife, wrapped in masking tape. Once the panel is off, unplug the speaker connection from behind it. Push the connector's tab in with a flat head screwdriver and pull the connector away.Open the door fully to expose the screw cover on the front part of the door panel. Pry out the screw cover with a flat head screwdriver. Pry out the small centerpiece; not the ring surrounding it. Behind the cover, you'll find a Phillips screw; remove it. Open the screw cover flap behind the inside door handle. Insert the tip of a flat head screwdriver into the upper-slot; push down to open the flap. Remove the Phillips screw from behind the flap.Pull off the plastic door handle surround piece. Insert the door trim tool behind the panel; pull it back to pull the panel off. Slide the surround piece away from the door panel. Remove the circular screw cover from the inside door pull storage compartment. Pry it up with the flat head screwdriver. Remove the Phillips screw behind the cover.Remove the screw cover from the rear-edge of the door panel. This cover is similar to the one on the front part of the door panel; pry out the center part, not the ring surrounding it. Remove the Phillips screw behind it. Remove the two Phillips screws visible along the bottom part of the door panel. Pry around the perimeter of the door panel with the door trim tool. Pull the tool handle back to pop the door panel clips out. Do this for each side, except for the top. Once the clips are unhooked, the panel is ready for removal. Gently pull the door panel away from the Optima's door, but only enough to access the area behind it. The connections for the power equipment must be unplugged. Reach around and depress the connection tabs with the tip of the flat head screwdriver; unplug the connection. There are three connections to unplug. Once they are unplugged, pull the door panel away.
There will be several screws holidng the panel. You will first need to remove the plate around the door handle and also remove the switch panel. Behind both screws holding the door will be revealed. Also under the handle will be some screws. The whole panel will need to be removed for better working conditions.
The door handle has a c clip behinde it that you can not see.Goto a auto parts store and thay will have a cheep tool to help you.(you need a special tool for this.The WINDOW CRANK handle has a 'c-clip' behind it. The door opening handle trim is held in by either a screw behind a plastic flap that will pop out(behind the lever)or it is held in at four points by plastic tabs (two on top and two on the bottom)that can be undone carefully with a screwdriver or the like. When this plastic trim is removed the door panel should come off. Be aware that there are plastic clips (back side of the panel) on the perimeter of the panel that hold it in as well. the tweeter panel just pops out look on the bottom of the door for screws and around the door handle and you will have to pop your window and door lock controls out and the reflector on the door pops out and there is two screws there then al you have is the clips behind the door they make tools for it but a flat tip screwdriver will be fine just get the tip close to the clip and pull it out . 1. Remove window crank (it has a kind of 'bent wire' c-clamp, which holds it onto the window crank shaft).
2. Pry upwards the top plastic cover to the arm rest (this is a plastic coated foam rubber piece, on which you rest your arm).
3. Remover the two now visible screws which fasten the arm rest onto the door.
4. Remove the one screw fastening the inside door handle.
5. With a blunt tool, gently hit the inside door handle in a forward direction (towards the door hinge). This will release the door handle from the door.
6. Pry between the door panel and the door, to unsnap the snaps holding the door panel in place.
7. Finally, lift door panel out and up to remove it from door.
On styles with door pull handles, remove the screws inserted through the handle into the door panel.
styles with remote control mirror assemblies, remove the remote mirror
escutcheon and disengage the end of the mirror control cable from the
On styles equipped with switch cover plate in the
door armrest, remove the screws securing the cover plate, then
disconnect the switches and cigar lighter, if so equipped, from the
Remove the remote control cover plates and remove the exposed screws securing the cover plate to the door inner panel.
styles with integral armrest, remove the screws inserted through the
pull cup into the armrest hanger support. On some styles it may be
necessary to remove the screws behind the armrest deflector or courtesy
lamp remote control cover plate. On styles with armrest applied after
the door trim installation, remove the armrest to door inner panel
On styles with with two piece trim panels,
disengage the retainer clips at the front and rear of the upper trim
panel. Remove the upper trim panel by lifting upward and sliding
slightly rearward to disengage the the front door inner panel at the
On styles with electric switches located in the door trim panel, disconnect the wire harness at the switch assembly.
remove the lower trim panel, remove the attaching screws along the
upper edge of the lower trim panel. Then starting at a lower corner,
insert a pry type tool between the door inner panel and the trim panel
and disengage the retaining clips down both sides and across the
bottom. On styles with courtesy lamps or reading lamps located in the
trim panel, disconnect the wire harness at the lamp assembly.
styles with one piece trim panels, remove all the clips around the
perimeter of the trim panel. Push the trim panel downward and outboard
to disengage it from the door inner panel at the beltline. Disconnect
any courtesy lamp wire harnesses, if so equipped and remove the trim
panel from the door.
Installation is the reverse of removal. On
styles with adjustable trim supports at the beltline, the door trim
panel can be adjusted in or out so as not to restrict door window