Door Panel Removal & Replacement (WJ)

Need to get inside that door?  Here's how!

I'm removing the driver's door panel in this writeup.  As always with these panels, there is a probability that you will break some of the plastic fasteners.  If you've bought these in the past, you will discover that DC thinks these are made of gold....

Front Door Panel

There are 3 screws holding the door panel on along with the plastic fasteners.

One screw at the mirror (pop the cover)

Pop sail panel screw cover off

Back out the phillips screw...

Remove Sail Panel screw

Another in the door pull (phillips):

Remove screw from interior door panel

And one behind the door handle (of course this one is a T25 Torx...)

Remove Torx screw from behind door lever

I've found that it is easiest to get the panel started in the lower front area.  You need to use some good force if these haven't been off before.

Begin to pull the door panel off

Work your way along the bottom toward the rear of the door and then up the latch side.

Continue to pull the door panel off

As you pull the panel off, hold on to it.  It is still held on with two actuator rods for the operation of the door handle and the door lock as well as two wiring connectors.

Pivot the yellow keepers at the end of the rods toward the door to free the clip, then lift the rods out.  Unhook the large wiring connector by releasing the trigger and pulling it straight out.

The attched rods and electrical plugs must be unhooked

Also separate the wiring connector at the power mirror in the same fashion.

Disconnect Wiring Connector for Mirror

Here's what you are left with:

Door with Door Panel Removed

From here you can remove the speaker, or replace the door check, or even the lock actuator.  See the other writeups for additional information.

Replace the door panel in the reverse order of this writeup

Gallery: Door Panel Removal

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