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OVERALL DIFFICULTY INDEX: 3/10
IF YOU HAVE NO TOOLS YOU SPEND $5 TO GET THEM FOR THIS JOB (SPECIAL DOOR PANEL TOOLS COULD COST A BIT MORE)
IF YOU HAVE NO EXPERIENCE YOU SPEND 25 MINUTES TO CARRY OUT THIS JOB
NO SAFETY ISSUES
BEFORE YOU START
Make sure you have a large flat screwdriver or else buy the special car door panel removal tool.
Keep in mind that you might break one or more door panel fixing clips which will then need to be replaced.
DISCLAIMER: Our pictorials are of informative nature and do illustrate works carried out by ourselves at our own premises for our own use and satisfaction. Readers who envisage to carry out similar works inspired by the below method shall do this at their own risks and liability.
Car door panel removal pictorial
Find first the few screws that are visible only when the door is open (left and middle pictures) or that are located at the bottom of the car door panel (right) and remove them.
Use now a small flat screwdriver to remove the spring of the window handle in case your vehicle is not equipped with power windows.
Take out the armrest handle cover with the same small flat screwdriver; this uncovers the fixing screws of the handle which you need to remove.
If you don't have the car door panel removal tools, use a large flat screwdriver that you insert gently between the door panel (bottom, see left picture) and the metal and use it as a lever to pull out the door panel; insert your fingers as shown.
Pull the car door panel out with your hand using all four fingers at the same time then move your hand all along the door panel contour at the bottom and the sides while repeating the same then lift it up to free it completely as shown in the right picture.
This uncovers the door. In this case, you can see:
the anti-condensation barrier, molded in white foam material
the plugs of the different openings, shown in black in this picture
the plug of the speaker location in grey color at the bottom right corner of the door.
Refitting a car door panel
Proceed as follows:
Insert the molded panel from top in the space between the metal and the window
Push down the door panel and press over every fixing clip. Do not use any hammer, press with your hand only.
If your vehicle has manual window lifters, fit the metal spring on the handle and press the window lifter handle in its intended shaft.