To remove the door panel:
Screw driver, needle nose pliers (not pictured) and a knife (personal preference, as I always have one on/around)
Now, remove the 4 screws holding the door panel on. Almost all will have a small circular cover on them; remove them by prying them off with your knife or a flathead screw driver.
Top, near mirror
Directly below that, near the bottom of the panel
Next to the courtesy light
And right next to/behind the door handle; there is a plate on there that will need to be pried off. Use the knife/flathead screw driver to pry off
Now, the door panel will be looser, depending on how many plastic retainers remain intact. In order to take the door panel off, gently but firmly take a corner of the panel and pull directly outwards, moving along the perimeter from retainer to retainer, gently pulling each one off by hand or with the pliers. This is what the retainers look like:
I've seen white and yellow. Just depends on your rig I guess.
Now once you've gotten all the retainers out of their holes, the door panel will still be hanging on. These are the connectors that you need to remove in order to take the panel completely off:
The courtesy light connector
The mirror controls and everything else:
The top connector (black, plugs into where the mirror controls are) is the one you will want to disconnect. Just unplug it by lifting the retaining tab and pulling outwards.
Putting the door panel back on is the reverse of taking it off. Plug in all the connectors again (except the mirror controls
) and then line up the plastic connectors to their respective holes. With one smooth, forceful motion, use the heel of your hand to whack the connectors back into place. Once you can't see any, just whack the panel every foot and a half or so to re-seat the Christmas trees all around the perimeter of the panel. After that, put the screws back into their holes and then snap the screw covers back in over the holes.
Now you're done! Any questions or comments, let me know. Myself and others will do our best to walk you through the process. Not too tough.
Hope that helped!