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Re: cannot remove door panel
Inside door panels are held on by plastic mushroom headed clips, you need to get your fingers under the bottom edge and pull sharply, be sure to first remove the door and window handles or the armrest (2 phillips screws under the rest, or 8mm bolt heads)
then just **** it hard, it will snap and pop and you'll think you're breaking something, but no you're not,
when you reinstll the door panel pick up and reinstall the plastic mushroom head fastners, then bang it into place with the flat of your hand, it pops right on again reinstll the window handles, armrest and you're done
Watch for wires to courtesy lamps, they have a snap disconnect/ reconnecter
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remove door panel,peel back water barrier on top left side,remove 10mm bolt on back of door handle,in top of door jam remove 10mm bolt and Phillips screw right below bolt,carefully pull out door handle and remove rod from it,contact Volu parts in Atlanta Ga at 1-888-280-4057 and order white plastic pivot arm,they will know what you need. remove metal drift pin from handle by squeezing with pliers lightly!!! and pulling remember most handle parts are plastic and old be careful. the only door handle new is OEM and over 100.00 and you have to paint to match car.
Try a slim jim first, down the side of the window. Or AAA or locksmith. If no luck, remove the seat first. Find the screws and bolts around the door handle and arm rest. Most Ford's have screws around the outer side of the panel. I don't believe your's does. The panel lifts or pops off. Once the panel is off, you can reach down and open the door. Just a note. I have done some to where the panel came out in pieces.
You remove the door panel on the inside and it is bolted on from the inside. One wire clip and 3 bolts. Takes longer to remove and replace the door panel than replace the mirror....look for a hidden screw under the armrest , under the window/door lock button panel and sometimes behind the reflector or light on the bottom of door..Usually there are 3-4 screws and then the rest of the panel is held on by plastic clips. Get the screws out, then work a flat screwdriver or putty knife around the sides and bottom of panel, then lift upwards to get the top sealing side out of the track where the window runs.....Mike
My AU11 is a XR8 with premium sound. I say this because maybe the speakers in the doors change the way the door panel is removed. I am describing the front door panel removal.
1. Remove the door lock knob by pulling it up. 2. Remove the two screw covers covering the screws which are above the speakers by gently prizing them out with a screwdriver. 3. Under one of the covers (the one closest to the speaker) is a 10mm bolt, remove this bolt by using a small 10mm socket. 4. Remove the two screw covers on the bottom of the door and remove the two phillips screws underneath. 5. Remove the phillips screw that is near the door lock knob but on the centre pillar side of the door panel. This screw is the only one that is not under a removable cover. 6. Remove the door release bezel by gently prizing the top of the bezel between the vinyl and the bezel with a screwdriver. For this you need to be gentle in order not to damage the vinyl. 7. Once the bezel is off you can see another 10mm bolt underneath that must be removed. 8. Gently prize up the electric window switches. I prized mine up carefully by using a screwdriver in the gap between the armrest and the electric switch panel. Unplug the electric switch panel which is a captive plug so you need to use a screwdriver to release the catch. You can also do the same for the electric mirror plug once the door panel is off. 9. Under the electric switch panel is another phillips screw that must be removed. 10. The door panel can now be removed by gently prizing it away from the door. I just used my hands for this but maybe you will need a wooden spatula or similar to assist. The door panel will offer some resistance and pop once the clips release. If you encounter strong resistance maybe you have another clip or screw etc that needs to be located.
The rear door panels are not like the front doors ( additional panel on the door panel ), the silver/gray rear speaker panel is part of the rear door panel.
Remove the panels next to the window ( should be spring clips ). This should expose 3 bolts holding the top of the door panel on.
Next remove the rear window console panel ( spring clips on the side towards the cab, tabs on the side towards the door ). Behind this should be a bolt. Next remove the rectangle cover in teh door handle area, there is a bolt behind this. should be 1 other screw at the bottom of the door panel, by the door sill area ( under the map pocket ). The door is held on like the front doors, with large plastic hooks, so pick up on the door panel once all the screws are out.
look behind handle for screw under a little plastic plate, same in side grip where you close door, maybe 1 more behind relector on door if equipped with one, then pull door slowly away, you will hear pops when doing this, it is ok. they are plastic screw kida things but they shouldnt break. if they fall out, you will need them to put door back on
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. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge.
I replaced the passenger side mirror on my 1998 Bonneville. (Thanks to VWmechanic for his helpful post re a 1997 Bonneville; my '98 was a little different.) First, remove the door panel, as follows: 1. Remove hex-head screw under inside door handle. 2. Remove 10mm screw located under armrest hand grip (to get at it, pop off the piece that covers the tiny courtesy light) 3. Using a screwdriver, pry off the panel. It's held on by several plastic, pop-off fasteners. 4. Remove the plastic red lock slider under the door handle. It can be pried off the wire slider. 5. Lift up on the door panel to release the top edge. You now have access to the inside of the door. 6. To get at the two bolts holding the mirror to the sheet metal of the fender, remove the plastic shield just under the bolt location. 7. Remove/fasten the mirror bolts with a 10mm. I could reach the front bolt with an 8" socket extension, but had to use a 10mm open wrench on the back bolt.