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Removing Door Panels On A
1999 Ford Explorer

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows,
Door Locks, Stereo Speakers and More.

(Covers Model Years 1995 to 2001)

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.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Bruce W. Maki, Editor

Start:

Auto body technician Jim Wilk started this repair by prying off the small cover piece around the door release handle. He used a tack puller for a prying tool.

 

Then he rotated the cover piece to slip it off the handle.

 

Jim removed two Phillips head screws from underneath the armrest.

 

Then Jim pried the door panel away from the metal door shell.

He used a tack puller for this, but a putty knife or a small pry bar would also work.

 

Jim removed this light from the plastic enclosure.

 

Then he lifted the door panel upwards and also pushed the control panel out the back of the door panel.

 

To remove the power mirror switch, Jim used a tack puller to release the electrical connector.

 

Then the connector just pulled right out.

 

Once the power mirror was disconnected, and the window/door lock control panel was separated from the door panel, he was able to completely remove the door panel from the car.

Note the white spots around the perimeter of the panel... these are the snap-clips that hold the door panel to the door shell.

 

To access any of the components inside the door, the dust cover can be peeled away.

Note the power window/door lock control panel just dangling. This is different from most cars, which require the window/door controls to be unplugged.

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

Jim pried off the small cover around the door release handle.

 

He removed two Phillips head screws from beneath the armrest.

 

Jim pried the door panel away from the door shell.

 

Then he lifted the door panel upwards to unhook the top.

 

At this point we discovered that the power window/door switch panel was different from the front door.

 

The control panel DID NOT slip out the back... it had to be pulled out the front (like most cars).

 

Jim removed two Phillips head screws to detach the switch from the armrest panel.

 

All it took was a little nudge with a tack puller to separate the switch from the armrest panel.

Then the door panel could be completely removed from the car.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Tack Puller

  • Phillips Screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written July 23, 2007