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Unread 07-10-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Write-up: Rear door panel removal.

Another thread where someone was looking for this information. I guess it's time to post the write-up.

If someone proofs this thread and notices anything that doesn't make sense let me know via PM. It's fairly late, and I've been working on this for about an hour, so there might be some mistakes.

Note 1: This is for the power window model.

Note 2: I did this with the door on and electrically connected. Recommend doing it this way as you will have to adjust the window to the right spot in order to get to the tabs holding in the glass.

Note 3: I actually took the pictures when I was putting it back together. I didn't write anything down, so something might be missing. Take your time and it should be evident what needs to be done at each phase.

Step 1: Remove the two screws on the inside of the door handle with a Phillips screwdriver.


Step 2: Grasp the outer panel at the bottom and gently pull upward. You will hear the clips detach, might sound like something is going to break. I've had the panel off about three times with no issues.

Step 3:
Remove the lower window seal (green arrow) by pulling upward gently. Remove the nut holding the back window portion (red arrow).



Step 4: Remove the hex bolts holding the inner panel to the door. Remove the Phillips screw holding the inner door handle to the inner panel/door. At this time, with the window fully lowered you should be able to carefully rotate the rear glass portion forward starting at the top and then remove it. The seals are tight and will require some force. Be Careful as you will briefly contact the main window.


Step 5: Using a sharp utility knife or comparable, cut out the two oval tabs at the bottom of the inner panel.



Step 6: Release the tabs holding the main window in place. If you get the window in the right position you should have a bit of glass above the door panel to grip onto. If doing this alone you will need one hand at the top of the window to pull up as you release one clip at a time, so the window doesn't drop back down and attach. Remove the window.

The picture here shows the tab location with the window removed. They will be a bit more difficult to see inside the door panel.


Step 7: To remove the inner handle ensure the phillips screw holding it on has been removed. Detach the two cables running to the locking/opening mechanism by removing the rear colored connectors (lower two red arrows) from the snap in section. There is a tab at the rear of the handle holding it on as well (top red arrow) These clips have to be gently pushed toward the center and then pull forward on the inner handle.

Position the inner handle so that you can see the rear of the forward colored pieces (green arrows) You should be able to see how the metal "L" shaped pieces can be rotated out of this section separating the handle from the cables.



Step 8: At this point you can remove the inner panel. First you will have to locate the white foam tape at the rear of the door in the vicinity of the door catch assembly. Remove a section of tape and push in on the two tabs here while pulling on the panel (Refer to the light blue arrows). The window track that runs up the center of the inner panel might catch on the upper and lower portions of the metal door structure. You'll have to pull, wiggle, rotate as necessary to remove the inner panel. Thread the two latching/locking cables through the center hole.

Note: The inner panel will still be connected to the electrical cable going to the inside of the vehicle. If you want to unplug the connector and detach the door strap you can remove the panel fully, or just let it hang as necessary.



Step 9: At this point the door is pretty much field stripped. You can continue to remove the latching mechanism from inside the door by removing the three Torx bolts holding it onto the door assembly. No picture here, but it is easy to see how it works.




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Unread 09-01-2010, 03:53 PM   #2
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This did the trick for me!

Thanks for the info. This worked great and I was done in about 60 minutes.
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Nice write-up and very detailed. That’s a great addition to the FAQ’s section. Something different, I like it.
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Did anyone remove the front door inner panel? It seems that after unclipping the window tabs, securing the glass in the upper position with the sticky tape and removing all possible nuts and bolts from the panel, its' still held by something and doesn't want to come out of the door.
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Unread 12-22-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
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Maybe I'm completely missing the point but why would you do this?
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Thanks for posting this. That panel is screaming for some Raamat!
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Unread 12-22-2010, 08:39 AM   #10
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Did anyone remove the front door inner panel? It seems that after unclipping the window tabs, securing the glass in the upper position with the sticky tape and removing all possible nuts and bolts from the panel, its' still held by something and doesn't want to come out of the door.
It's been awhile, but I had the door down to a shell. There are a couple clips in there that you have to break off a little tab to get them to come loose. Can't remember exactly where.

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Maybe I'm completely missing the point but why would you do this?
In my case, had to fix a broken door latch on the inside. Might also be good if you wanted to replace your own glass or pop out a dent.
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I just noticed that you remove the window from the door. Is it possible to remove that panel exposing the door skin with the window up and not removing the glass?
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You could do it without removing the glass, but there is a bar in there that holds the window glass in. It might be easier to get inside the door and do what you need with the entire thing hollowed out.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 01:56 AM   #13
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Thank you all guys! I've managed to take it off today with the help of some wrestling experience and some voodoo spells towards the guy who engineered this lovely door panel. It was just a matter of moving it chaotically in different directions. I still can't technically explain how it got off. Just have to move it around until you hear a snap at the bottom.

PS. It mounts back on much easily.
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Maybe I'm completely missing the point but why would you do this?

Just to make you curious
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