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How do you remove the door panel in a 1996 thunderbird to replace the speaker?

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Use a flat head screwdriver and pop it off where it meets the door. Be careful when it comes loose. If it falls it can rip the wires from the power windows and locks.

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  1. Disconnect the battery. For additional information, refer to Section 414-00.
  1. Remove the components in the order indicated in the following illustration and table.

    Item Part Number Description 1 23712 Sail panel 2 221A18 Door handle cup cover 3 W706476-S424 Screw 4 237A98 Door handle cup assembly
    Removal Note 5 18978 Speaker cover 6 - Speaker electrical connector (Part of 18808) 7 W706476-S424 Screws (7 req'd) 8 23942 Door trim panel
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Item 4: Door Handle Cup Assembly Removal Note
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Item 8: Door Trim Panel Removal Note
  1. If equipped, disconnect the electrical connector.

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I need to switch out the speakers. Do I have to take off the door panel or is there an easier way? If I do have to take off the door panels what tools do I need?

depends how they are instaled
try to take the covern and see if it is possible
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How to remove the drive side window on 96 tbird?

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  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable. For additional information, refer to Section 414-01 .
  1. Remove the door handle cup cover.
  1. Remove the screw.
  1. Remove the switch plate by lifting the front and moving it forward.
    • Disconnect the electrical connectors.
  1. Remove the speaker grille.
    1. Release the front clips.
    1. Move the speaker grille forward.
  1. Remove the speaker screws.
  1. Remove the screws and the door trim panel.
    • Disconnect the electrical connectors.
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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Accessing the speaker on driver side door panel.

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How to remove the door panel on a 96 Ford Thunderbird?

Carefully pull front door trim panel finish panel away from front door trim panel.
Disconnect wires from front door lock switches, outside rear view mirror controls and window regulator control switches, if equipped. Remove front door trim panel finish panel.
Remove front door trim panel retaining screw through front door trim panel finish panel opening.
Remove interior lamp lens cover.
Remove screw through interior lamp opening.
Slide front door trim panel upward to disengage hooks.
Rotate top of front door trim panel away from front door and lift bottom hooks from front door.
Disconnect window regulator jumper wire
Remove front door trim panel.

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