(Covers Model Years 2001 to
In This Article:
Various screws are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors are disconnected to separate the panel from the door.
Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)
By Bruce W. Maki, Editor
The inside of
the driver's door on a 2003 Dodge Stratus 4-door
This car had power windows and power door
Under the plug there was a
Phillips head screw.
Using a door removal tool,
we pried the door panel away from the metal
Normally a mechanic
prying at the bottom corner on the striker side
of the door (i.e. away from the hinges).
We removed the
connecting rod from the back of the door lever.
To disconnect this rod the plastic clip is
swiveled away and the metal rod can be lifted
disconnected the wiring harness by squeezing the
plastic tab and pulling firmly.
Back view of the
The black sheet is a dust cover.
This cover needs to be pulled away to access the
parts inside the door, such as the power window
Back view of the
Dodge Stratus front door panel.
We popped the
plastic plug and removed the Phillips screw from
the door handle.
Then we removed
the plug and screw from the trim piece behind
the door lever.
There were only
two screws at the bottom of the door panel.
Then we used the
door removal tool to pry the door panel away
from the metal door shell.
Once all the
snap connectors were removed, we lifted the
door panel upwards about a half-inch so the upper lip
would be freed.
Then we were able to pull the
door panel away from the door.
the door lever connecting rod by rotating the
the wiring harness by pressing on the
release tab and pulling.
A view of the
back of the door panel.
Like the front
doors, the back doors have a rubber dust shield,
which needs to be peeled away to work inside.
Copyright 2007 BodyShopZone.com
All Rights Reserved
Written July 10, 2007