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PostSubject: Door Panel Removal   Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:39 pm

A piece of my door palel is cracked, which has lead to the passenger heat adjuster knob being a tad loose. Before I put on the Sherwood applique I want to glue it back together. However, I don't want to start breaking clips and things trying to remove the door panel.

Can anyone give me instructions on how to do this? I know I have to pull the plugs on the pull handle and behind the door release handle, and there is a screw on the top edge. But I don't know about getting the full panel off and then removing the hard plastic piece with the AC controls and the arm rest. I figure I'll put the arm rest applique on when I have it off the door, it should make it easier.
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PostSubject: Re: Door Panel Removal   Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:03 pm

Sry in advance if you can't understand my walkthrough... if you have any questions, just ask! There may be a thread with door panel removal instructions on the forum here but I couldn't find any after searching for a few seconds. But yes, there are two lights to pull out of handles as you said. Sounds like you can handle those, but you have to remove both screws holding the pull handle in, which I believe are normal Torx screws (I personally use a skinny flat head screwdriver instead of Torx).

You also need to remove the single screw holding the chrome door handle trim plastic in place. The screw is behind a screw cover which is a total SOB to get out without breaking if you haven't done it before.

Next, there is one screw on the top LEFT hand corner of the plastic panel (assuming you're taking the passenger-side panel off). There is another screw you need to remove from the RIGHT hand side of the panel too. It is sticking into the panel parallel to the length of the car. Those are all the screws (5 of them).

To pull the panel off, just pull up on it. It has plastic latches that hold it in along the bottom that you'll probably be able to see once you start pulling. When I pull the panels off, I slide a pool chemical barrel underneath so I can prop them up and unplug everything. There are plenty of wires back there... have fun with that! I'm not sure how to take the hard plastic piece off - tbh, I would love to know how so I can paint mine.

I've said "panel" so much in this post that I feel like Anthony Jeselnik (if anybody's seen his show)... Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled panels
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PostSubject: Re: Door Panel Removal   Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:47 am

once you get it off if i remember right its just a couple 10mm washer style nuts on plastic legs you have to unscrew to get it of ( someone please tell me what those are called lol). when i did mine it was easy to look and see what i had to do. i never took pics or anything tho
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PostSubject: Re: Door Panel Removal   Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:33 am

Speed nuts.
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PostSubject: Re: Door Panel Removal   Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:33 am

And thanks!
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