Door Panel Removal Procedure:
1) Remove (2) screws & plastic bushings
near front of door, above speaker.
2) Remove (3) caps covering screws
along back edge of door, by prying them out with the tiny flathead screwdriver. Remove (3) screws & plastic bushings.
3) Remove grip handle
using flathead screwdriver. Pry the grip near the small cutouts; prying near the bottom with another screwdriver will help. Grip handle will pop off.
4) Remove (2) screws
holding latch handle backing.
5) Remove latch handle backing
-- pull latch handle open and slide backing off
6) Remove (2) screws
under grip handle (magnetic tip will help pull these out once loose)
7) Remove window switch plate
by prying up around the edges with flathead screwdriver. (Held in with plastic and metal tabs, and will pop out once loose.) Disconnect window switch wire plug
(and mirror wire plug, if driver’s side).
8 ) Remove tweeter triangle
by simply pulling it off. (Held on by two fixed plastic pegs at the top and forward corners.) Disconnect tweeter wire plug
Once all the screws have been removed, the door panel is now held on by only five plastic pegs along the bottom edge. Looking along the bottom edge, you will see a slight opening between the panel and the door:
Inside this opening, you’ll see two bolt heads, and somewhere in between a light colored sliver – this is the edge of a plastic peg.
Using the upholstery removal tool, center the teeth around this peg and pry towards the panel
. This will properly pop out the peg without breaking it. (If you don't have the upholstery tool, you can probably use the flathead screwdriver or pulling with your fingers -- all at your own risk! I recommend the proper tool.)
If you’re lucky, the adjacent pegs will pop out too … if not, now you’ve got enough opening to use the upholstery removal too to pry them too. The pegs will stay attached to the panel side.
10) Remove the panel
by pulling the bottom edge away from the door and lifting the whole panel up. Disconnect wire plug
for light (and for trunk release if drivers side).
Note the locations of the (5) plastic pegs.
You may have plastic sheeting stuck to the door with some black adhesive. To access the area around the latch handle assembly, pull back the plastic
with quick hard yanks
. Do not pull it slowly
or try to peel it, this will only tear the adhesive or the plastic and make it messy. Quick yanks will pull the whole adhesive strip up. It will remain tacky enough to re-seat later.
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