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Door Panel Removal
By Mike Bumbeck/autoMedia.com
Printable version
Degree of DifficultyModerate
Moderate
Estimated Time180 minutes
180 minutes
Step 1 - The first step is to remove everything connected to the door on top of the panel. This includes the window cranks, armrests, and anything else with roots in the door. Scour for every screw. Finding the fasteners can be tricky.
Remove Everything Connected to the Door on Top of the Panel
Step 2 - Keep an eye for hidden fasteners. This window crank has a clip to hold it in place. Attempting to pry it off without removing the clip would have damaged the panel and possibly snapped the handle.
Look for Hidden Fasteners
Step 3 - Figure out which tool out of the set is the best one for the job. The right one will slide under the panel and grip the fastener. The first fastener is the hardest and also the easiest place to cause damage.
Decide Which Tool Is Best for the Job
Step 4 - Work along the length of the door panel. Remove one fastener at a time. Vehicles that have seen a few less presidents will likely employ more space age materials then the vinyl covered pressboard panel seen here. Modern panels are just as easy to break.
Work Along the Length of the Door Panel
Step 5 - With the panel removed repairs can now be made. Be careful not to tear any of the plastic attached to the door. The plastic must be put back in the same place to prevent moisture damage. Shown here are all the parts removed and the tools required.
Repairs Can Start Now With the Panel Removed
Step 6 - After repairing the fussy window register or expired electric window motor it's time to put the panel back on. Apply pressure on top of the fasteners one at a time.
Put the Panel Back Up When the Repairs Are Finished
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