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Removing door panels on a Ford Freestar.

Removing Door Panels On A
2005 Ford Freestar Minivan

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows, Door Locks, Side Mirrors and More.

(Covers Model Years 2004 to 2007)

In This Article:

The side mirror cover is pried off. Various screws are removed and electrical connectors are disconnected. The door panel is lifted off the car.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This 2005 Ford Freestar had five screws (red arrows) attaching the plastic door panel to the metal door shell.

Screw locations on door panel, Ford Freestar.


Removing side view mirror cover, Ford Freestar 2005.

I removed the plastic mirror cover by prying at the top of the cover.


Back view of mirror cover. The red arrows show the two mounting clips, which just push into slots in the metal door.

I also discovered that removing the side view mirror requires removing the door panel first.

Back of mirror cover on Ford Freestar.


Removing door panel screw near side mirror,2005  Ford Freestar. Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed the screw holding the plastic door panel to the metal door frame.


I used a tack puller to pry at the top of the door latch cover. Removing trim around inside door handle.


Door handle trim cover, Ford Freestar. Back view of latch cover.

The red arrows show the clips on the upper part of the cover.


I removed two Phillips screws from the bottom of the door pull handle. Removing screws from door pull handle.


Prying up switch assembly on armrest of 2005 Ford Freestar. Then I pried up on the pull handle switch plate.


I also pushed up on the center of the plate and it finally released. Lifting switch panel from car armrest.


Disconnecting switch wiring on door panel, Ford Free Star. I pushed in on the wire connector tab with my thumb and pulled the wires out of each switch.


View of back of switch plate with wire connectors removed. Power window and door switch, Ford.


Screw hidden behind door pull handle. Behind the pull handle area I removed this screw that goes into the metal door frame.


Then I removed the two Phillips screws (red arrows) at the bottom of the plastic door panel. Screws at bottom of door panel.


Screw at side of door panel on Ford Freestar. The last fastener I removed was this Phillips screw on the side of the plastic panel.


Then I pushed up on the door panel and unhooked the mounting tabs and door lock button.

This released the door panel from the metal door shell.

Lifting door panel off the car, Ford Freestar.


Back of door panel from Ford Freestar. Back view of plastic door panel.


View of metal door shell with dust cover. The dust cover can be peeled away to reach to power window mechanism or the door lock. Ford Freestar with door panel removed showing dust cover.


Removing The Side-View Mirror On A Ford Freestar:

Removing side-view mirror on 2005 Ford Freestar. If I needed to replace the side-view mirror, I would remove the three 11mm nuts (red arrows) fastening the mirror to the door.

Then, to prevent the mirror from falling and causing damage, I would have someone hold the mirror while I disconnected the wires.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Tack Puller
  • Small Flat Screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written August 6, 2009