On bottom of door handle small hole. I know there's some type of screw but can not see into hole is it phillips, flat head or is it some thing else thats holding the door panel ? Have you successfully removed your FX door panel? I need to access the lock motor on the passenger side and can't see how to begin to remove the panel.
My older Nissans all seemed to use the plastic capture posts (after removing the 2 door handle screws). To remove, I just pulled evenly on both sides of each post until they were all popped out. Could it be a similar technique on the FX?
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emilyandtodd, To remove the door panel you need to run your hands all around the panel to find any screws that are holding it. Remove any screws and look in the door handle where your fingers go when closing the door. There is usually a hidden screw in there. (Hidden by a little plastic cover smaller that a penny, remove the cover with a small screw driver) Sometimes there large screws around the handle itself. Look for any holes that will have phillips head screws in them. Sometimes there are lights in the door. Remove the lens and look for any screws. Also, at the door handle there is a plastic cover that can be removed with a small screwdriver and usually hides a screw. The panel is now held in by plastic push pins that are not visable until you pull the panel off. Starting at the bottom pull the panel from the door. You may need a little force here. When the panel is free from the bottom of the door pull it straight up and disconnect any wires going to the door. You will see a metal rod going to the door opener handle. This is locked in place by a plastic clip. Unlock the clip and pull the rod out. The panel should now be free. At the top, front of the door you should see a rubber insulator. Remove the insulator and there are three 10mm nuts holding the mirror in place. Remove the nuts being careful not to drop any inside the door. Remove mirror. Reverse procedure for replacement of any parts removed. Good luck with this.
Park the vehicle on level ground and have good lighting available. Open door all the way. Start with a pick, pocket knife or very small slot screw driver. Practically all modern vehicles utilize plastic snaps to secure the perimeter of a door panel. However, you will find that two large screws will hold the door panel on around the "door handle/arm rest" as this is where we pull the door closed....so it needs extra securing. If you look on the bottom portion of the handle, you will see either two access holes pointing up at a 35 degree angle...or two "plugs" which act as "appearance covers" hiding the actual holes. Carefully pop these out. Shine your flash light up the hole and identify the type of fastener. ( it i'll be a large Phillips # 3.....or a torx type fitting) remove these. Now, the other places to look for fasteners you remove from "your side of the door" are at the door handle "lever" remove the cover directly behind this lever. You might find this fastener also has a "beauty cover" remove it and the screw. next, top corner up by the outside mirror. you will have a speaker or a cover there that serves as the cover for the screws that mount the outside mirror. remove the cover. if you see no fasteners or covers, it likely pops off. Just be slow and careful. along with the big screws at the door handle/arm rest, there may be another fastener at the top of the handle. With all of these removed and if you see no fasteners around the bottom of the door...wedge your fingers along the bottom and pull straight out. You will be "unsnapping" the plastic fasteners at the bottom and sides of door. Now you will have a door panel that is loose at the bottom and away from the door frame itself. Barring any trim thats not part of the door panel, you should be able to raise the door panel strait up^^^ and free it from the top of the door. Remember, if its not coming off in a reasonable manner, something is still connected. Once the panel is free, sitting on the edge of the seat, put the door panel in your lap and disconnect the electrical connections, door lever rod...etcetera.....
how to remove door panel on a 97 expedition, pull up on master window switch bezel careful clips break easily and unplug the connectors, remove triangle trim piece top right side of panel pull out then up, screw behind it remove it, remove red lense plastic piece on bottom of door small screw driver careful breaks easily screw behind it remove it, remove bezel around door handle turn it to get off handle screw behnd it remove it, pull straight up on door handle gently then hard if needed, after it is loose from door remove light bulb socket from behind door panel turn it, unplug power window switch.
thats it reverse to put back on
1. Remove 2 small screws at bottom of the door panel (6mm) 2. Remove small black cover from inset for door handle (pry it out carefully with a small flat head screw driver or panel removal tool) and remove bolt behind it (8mm) 3. Pop window/door lock control panel out with the same flat head screw driver and disconnect all connectors. Remove small screw from behind it (6mm) 4. Lift straight up on door panel and then tilt toward you. 5. Disconnect mirror control connector. 6. Squeeze two tabs on the door latch assembly and it can be removed along with the cable. DONE.
You'll need to remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. If needed, you can pull back the weather seal
(can't reuse it, but it's not that important) and you will be able to
access everything inside the door
These are general instructions,the first thing to do is remove any screws and unscrew and remove the door lock plunger at the top of the door,there will usually be two on the interior door handle inset in the side and possibly one on the door latch handle,I'll assume you have a crank window not power,so to pull the handle take a screw driver and gently pry between the panel and handle there will a small clip that holds the handle to the shaft you can usually push it off with the tip of a flat screwdriver, be careful they like to fly off.If you do have power windows a small screwdiver on either side and then pry genly up will remove it and pull the wiring plug to the switch.On the latch handle if there is a screw remove it and then pull the handle out this will give you enough space to pull the plastic cover behind it,if there is no screw squeeze the top and bottom towards each other ang genlty pry with a screw driver and this will remove the beauty ring and there should be an opening in the panel large enough to slip past the latch assembly.Once your pretty sure you have all the screws removed start at the bottom corner of the panel and gently pry between the door and the panel with a large screw driver(you can purchase a tool at a parts store to do this but it can be done safeley with a flat screwdriver)this will start pulling the plastic fastners that attach the panel to the door,its possible you'll break a few but you can buy these at your parts store,continue doing this across the bottom and up the sides,you'll know if you missed a screw at this point if the panel doesn't start pulling away from the door freely.Once your sure you have all clips free and no screws holding the panel on remove any wiring attached to the panel(window,speaker)pull the bottom of the panel out just a bit and push up on the bottom and this will disengage the panel fromm the top of the door.Reverse to re-install,if you do have crank windows put the handle slightly on the shaft and put the clip on the handle,then push the handle back on.Hope this helps ,if it does please give me a good rating!!!
i've done this twice. 1/2 the pain is getting the door panel off.
At the point where the arm rest meets the door panel by the door handle there will be a small section where a little light shines on the door handle. you need to put a small screw driver in behind the light an pry this gently away from the door panel. this will reveal a small bolt that must be removed.
Behind the door handle itself there is a small panel that must be pried off as well. you will see a slot on the front of this to stick your screw driver and again push in as you pry back this piece of plastic. this will reveal a screw that must be removed also. just below the door handle, you must also pry off the lock lever as it sits on a rod that work the mechanism to lock/unlock the door.
If you have electric windows, there is a slot in the mounting bracket that you can stick your screw driver in a little and pry this up and out as you must remove the window and lock wires to get the panel off.
Now, there are a series of plastic push clips around the bottom of the door panel. You should be able to stick your fingers between the door panel and the door to pull these away from the door. Don;t use a screw driver for this as you will prob tear the panel. When you get it away from the bottom, do a curl with the door panel from the bottom as it is clipped on the top by the window.
Also, search for "door panel removal on the 1999 Pontiac bonneville" and you may be able to get some pics.
hope this helped.
Oh forgot, good luck getting to the nuts that hold on the mirror. you need someone with small hands and some funky wrenches to reach them.
A: To remove the plastic piece with the door lock button and door handle connected to it:
1- Remove the screw in the middle located behind a plastic cover button 2- Push (slide) the whole assembly Forward (toward front of car) Besides the screw, it is held in place by 3 hooks on the backside that hook into holes in the metal door frame 3- Now unhook handle from small metal bar going through door by pushing (toward door) plastic clip (blue?) off of the bar, then the bar will come out of the clip hole, thus releasing the handle. 4- Depress little grey button /bar (purple painted on it)on elec. connector to seperate connector, thus releasing door lock switch
Now the whole assembly (metal handle, door lock switch, and plastic piece) will come off door panel
B: The door is held on by 2-screws, 7-plastic snaps/plugs, and 1-plastic plug.
The screws are located: bottom of hand hold and the other behind the handle, both covered by little covers that have to be pryed off to access the screws.(hint: the screw with the built in spacer goes behind the handle when you are trying to reinstall) The 7-plastic snaps: 3 across bottom and 2 on each side. Not visible, they are mounted to the inside of the panel. The 1-plastic plug is visible at the upper front of the panel and is the same color as the surrounding trim
C: Take off the big plastic triangle piece above the door panel and behind the mirror. Pull/pry off. It has 2 snaps holding it on. one near bottom and one near the front.
D: Light lens prys off from bottom. Unscrew (1/4 turn) the light assembly with bulb still intact from backside of panel
Depends on what door trim you are trying to replace. If you are trying to replace the door trim on the front doors you need to remove two screws from behind the casing around the door handle and then remove a screw from the bottom left of the door and then there will be a screw on the left of the door as high as the arm rest on the door. Finally pull up on the door panel and out to remove the panel. Remove the harnesses and you are complete.
If you are trying to remove the rear doors you need to remove a screw from the bottom of the door again near the left side then remove the screw from behind the casing that surrounds the door handle. Finally pull up on the door panel and out to remove the panel. Remove the harnesses and you are complete.