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Re: How to remove rear door panel
LOOK FOR ANY POSSIBLE SCREWS TO REMOVE,THEN WITH A PUTTY KNIFE LAY IT BETWEEN THE METAL AND THE PLASTIC (FRAME AT BOTTOM),PUT A FLAT SCREW DRIVER ON THE PUTTY KNIFE JUST UNDER THE PLASTIC AND PRY UP SLOWLY (YOU SHOULD HEAR THE PLASTIC PINS POPPING OUT OF THE METAL)IF YOU GET TO AN AREA THAT WILL NOT WANT TO COME OFF YOU WILL HAVE TO SEARCH FOR MORE HIDDEN SCREWS.A LOT OF TIMES THERE ARE LITTLE BOXES WITH SCREWS BEHIND THE BOX(LIKE BEHIND THE EXIT HANDLE)SOME OF THE PARTS ARE NOT ALWAYS SCREWS BUT CLIPS AS PARTS.YOU CAN ALSO SEARCH YOUTUBE.COM ON HOW TO REMOVE A PANEL FOR MORE HELPFUL INFO
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You'll need a special cheap metal tool from the auto parts store made of thin metal to push the spring clip from the window crank and door handle, then use it to get behind the door panel at the edges and pop the pins that are attached to the panel out of the holes they go into in the door itself.
for passenger side:
1. unclip screw cover 'center flap' of inside door opener plastic cover, flap is 3/8"x 3/8" (center of plastic cover)
2. remove phillips screw now showing
3. push fabric panel (edge of door opener plastic cover-at hinged end of chrome handle) to allow uncliping of edge of plastic cover (top rt & lwr rt (for passenger side) of plastic cover)
4. open chrome inside door handle to allow plastic cover to be removed-slide plastic cover toward rear, free end of door to remove cover
5. remove switch panel-gently pry with wide non maring pry bar (cover wide blade screwdriver using cloth) do rear of sw panel 1st (don't pry front edge)
6. slide switch panel toward rear to allow removal
7. remove large phillips screw under sw panel
8. remove the 2 plastic covers near top, hinge edge -use plastic spoon handles to encourage caps to pop off. May also require small screwdriver approx 1/8" in to complete pop off
9. remove the 2 phillips screws w/ captive washers
10. remove 3 phillips/hex screws along the bottom inside of door panel
11. on outside/rear edge of panel push the 2 center pins of each in about 1/8"-this allows the clip to be pulled out w/ pin pushed in
12. remove plastic cover (REAR OF SIDE MIRROR)-pull window edge up and back.
13. lift rear of door panel (not hinge edge) up allow hinge edge to pivot around lower pin in door (hinge edge)
14. remove the 2 rt edge "L" brackets (gently pry center plastic pin out) (note the color and replace as removed)
15. slowly peel the clear plastc away from the non hinged end to expose the plastic panel with 3 phillips head screws
16. remove the 3 screws and panel for access to door handle.
17. using access area now available unlatch the rod attached to exterior door handle (unclip plastic to rotate clip up to allow rod to slide out-toward hinged edge)
18. using access area now available remove rod from ext door handle from inside door area
19. remove the 3 -10mm head bolts
20. remove the ext door handle (bottom edge out first)
reverse order to replace door handle
inside door card panel.? not metal work? you gently pry at bottom and they have pop fasteners. do no yank it, gentle and start in lower corner. feel it pop. then work around bottom up. is best for most cars.
Removed two screws from the perimeter of the door, one in the back edge and the other under the bottom. Remove one screw from the handle cup where the window switch is located. Placed some tape around the edge of the handle cup for protection against scratches and pried the cup out with a small putty knife. It is hard, but will pop out. Next I taped the paint around the door panel and used a flat bar to reach behind the panel and had enough of a gap to see the orange tabs and pried each one to remove the panel completely. The panel does not need to be lifted up to removed, just pull it straight off the door. A few tabs may still be holding, but will pop off with a bit of pressure.
if it is the hatch there ae screws in the pockets inside door panel remove these then it just pops off if it is a 4 door and you want a rear door there are screws in bottom edge of door and you need to remove cover on door handle where there are 2 screws under cover then panel pops off
The inner door panel is held in by clips and screw.
Look at the door near the door handle there should be screws holding it in and along the outer edge of the door. Once loose, and the door handle removed or the arm rest removed. The door panel then prys out , because of the clips that hold it on. Then pops out by applying pressure to the panel upward to the top of the door. The clips always break because of the design and plastic.
There are a couple screws that hold it on. I believe one is in the door handle recess and the other behind a small cover in the door opening lever. After you remove those take a flat head screwdriver and slide it between the metal of the door and the plastic panel starting at the bottom (there should be a spot that sticks out a bit where you can get a screwdriver in). Pry out until you feel a pop (its a good pop), the door panel is held on by what are called Christmas tree plugs that pop in and out. Just work your way around popping them all out and slide the panel up and over the lock pin. Then disconnect the handle linkage and the electrical connectors (dont remember if there are any on the rear doors but the instructions are the same for the front) and set the panel aside. Reverse that to install