How to Remove the Door Panel From a Ford

Written by thomas west
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The interior door trim panel on your Ford covers the interior workings of the door, such as window regulators, door lock mechanisms, and stereo speakers. If any of these items should need to be serviced, you'll have to remove the door panel. Fortunately, with tools you can buy at your local auto parts store, taking off the door panel is easy and takes just a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • Panel removal tool
  • Philips screwdriver
  • T-15 Torx screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the door which will have its interior trim panel removed. If you are removing the front door panel on a four door Ford, snap off the triangular black plastic trim panel near the lower front corner of the front door glass. Pry off the cover carefully with a flat blade screwdriver or a panel removal tool. Set the cover aside.

  2. 2

    Remove the exposed screws from the perimeter of the door panel with a Philips screwdriver or a T-15 Torx screwdriver (depending on the model) in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the screw from the door handle cup with a Philips screwdriver turned in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the cup and set it aside.

  3. 3

    Remove the manual door window crank by sliding a panel removal tool behind the base of the handle and prying outwards. If necessary, remove the power window control panel by prying up at the front of the panel with a flat blade screwdriver. Lift the control panel up and disconnect the wiring plugs from underneath the panel.

    Set the control panel aside.

    Carefully push the plugs back into the cavity left after removing the control panel. Remove the screw revealed after removal of the control panel with a Philips screwdriver turned in a counterclockwise direction.

  4. 4

    Pry off the courtesy light lens or reflector lens on the lower side of the door panel (if necessary) with a flat blade screwdriver. Remove the screw revealed after removing the lens with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction.

  5. 5

    Lift the door panel with both hands straight up and away from the door frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Reinstall the door panel by reversing the above steps.
  • You can buy tools and Torx screwdrivers at auto parts stores.

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