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Re: Inner door panel ques. (archive)

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Posted by Mario on October 24, 2000 at 07:53:38:

In Reply to: Inner door panel ques. posted by PeteD on October 24, 2000 at 06:47:22:

The only tools you will need are a flat screw driver and a torx screwdriver.

Thus is how I took my panel off to fix a door speaker connection.

Pop / pull the power mirror button out of the door handle, disconnect.

Use torx driver to remove screw inside the handle.

Use screwdriver to pop the panel from the door frame starting at the rear bottom of the door, work forward. I think that there are 4 - 6 clips.

At this time the panel should just be held onto the door by the window weather strip / trim.

To get that off I think you will need to pull up starting at the rear. This may require some playing around with untill the panel comes off.
The panel will come off leaving the weatherstrip on the door.

Be carefull not to yank it off abrubtly as the door speaker wires are behind the panel somewhere. If I recall correctly, the grille was held on by two or three tabs.

The re-installation is pretty the much the reverse of dismantling except the window weather strip. You will need to remove the weather strip from the door frame before reinstalation. The weathersrtip has a groove/slit where the panel slides into to.

You will have to attach the panel to the weatherstrip before attaching to the door again.
Heres a tip, start on one end and work the length of the stip onto the panel an inch or two at a time. If you try to put the whole thing on all at once it will not go on.

Despite just having to press on the panel / weatherstrip assembly (again start on one end work/press the length on) reattaching the assembly to the door was the most time consuming part of this project for me as I tried to get the weatherstrip/trim door gap alignments to match the passenger side door.

Make sure your speaker cables are connected and have the power mirror plug sticks out of the handle somewhat.

Pop all the clips in.

Re-insert torx screw, make sure it does not fall into the panel!

Reconnect mirror switch, pop into place.

This took me about 1.5 hours to do, but I learned as I went along. If I have had to do the other side it would have been 1/2 hour.

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