Projects & Repairs --> Trim --> Door Panels --> 2008 Ford Taurus

Removing car door panel on a 2008 Ford Taurus.

Removing Door Panels On A 2008 Ford Taurus

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

(Covers Model Years 2008 to 2010)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and electrical connectors are disconnected. The door panel is pried away from the door.

Related Articles:

Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

This 2008 Ford Taurus had eight screws securing the plastic door panel to the metal door frame.

2008 Ford Taurus driver's door.

 

Removing side mirror plastic cover, 08 Taurus.

I used a rigid putty knife (with masking tape on the blade to prevent scratching) to pry on the top of the side view mirror cover. Then I unhooked the plastic cover from the bottom.

 

I pressed in on the lock tab for the wire connector and pulled the connector apart.

This wire goes to the small speaker in the mirror cover.

Unplugging speaker wire from mirror cover, Ford Taurus.

 

Back of side-view mirror cover, 2008 Ford Taurus. View of back of side view mirror cover.

 

If I wanted to remove the side view mirror, I would press in on the lock tab on the wire connector and pull the connector out. Disconnecting wiring to power side mirror, 2008 Ford Taurus.

 

Nuts for side-view mirror, 2008 Ford Taurus. Then I would use a 10mm socket to remove the three mounting nuts (red arrows).

Caution: Have someone hold onto the side view mirror if it fall it can cause damage to the outer door painted panel.

 

I used a small flat screwdriver to open the cover behind the inside door latch handle. Removing cover for hidden screw.

 

Removing screw in door panel, 2008 Ford Taurus. Then I removed Phillips screw under the cover.

 

I slid the plastic trim forward and maneuvered it off the door release. Removing plastic trim around door latch handle.

 

Removing caps over screws in door pull cup. Looking straight down into the armrest:

With the small flat screwdriver, I lifted up the small cover at the bottom of the inside door pull handle.

 

Then I used a 5.5mm (or 7/32") socket to remove the screws from the bottom of the door pull handle. Removing screws in door pull, 2008 Ford.

 

Prying switch panel up. Using the flat putty knife (wrapped in masking tape) I carefully pried up the cover in several areas until it released. 

Caution: This plastic cover and can break or crack easily, so pry carefully.

 

I pressed in on the wire connector lock tabs and pulled the wire connectors out.

Red arrows show the wire connector lock tabs.

Window / door switches in plastic panel, 2008 Ford Taurus.

 

Plastic panel with switches. View of back side of switch cover.

Each electrical connector has a different shape, so there's no risk of mixing them up when re-connecting.

 

I removed a Phillips screw from the upper corner of the door panel, near the mirror. This screw is on the raised edge of the door panel. Hidden screw on Ford Taurus door panel.

 

Screw location, door panel, 08 Ford Taurus. Below that screw, I removed another Phillips screw along the edge of the door panel.

 

At bottom of the door panel I removed two more Phillips screws. Screws at bottom of door panel, Ford.

 

Screw for door panel. The last screw I removed was at the upper rear corner near the door lock button.

 

I used a rigid putty knife and started prying at the bottom area of the panel to release the snap clips. Then I worked my way up the side of the door panel, prying every couple of inches. Prying door panel off car, Ford.

 

Lifting door panel up. When all the snap clips were released, I pulled slightly outward, then lifted the panel upward over the metal lip at the top (and the lock button).

 

I reached behind the door panel and released the wire connector for the power door lock.

Then the door panel was completely separated from the car.

Disconnecting power door lock wiring behind door panel, Ford Taurus.

 

Back view of plastic door panel, 2008 Ford Taurus. View of back side of plastic door panel.

 

View of metal door frame. Front door, 2008 Ford Taurus, with trim panel removed.

 

Removing Rear Door Panel:

The 2008 Ford Taurus rear door is similar to front door.

 

I used a small flat screwdriver to open the flip cover behind the door latch handle.

 

Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed screw under the flip cover.

 

I slid the latch cover forward and maneuvered it off the latch handle.

 

With a small screwdriver I removed the screw cover from the bottom of the inside pull handle.

 

I used a 5.5mm (or 7/32") socket to remove the screw from the bottom of the door pull handle.

 

Then using a tack puller, I carefully pried on the pull handle switch cover.

 

I unplugged the wire connector for the window switch.

 

Using a short-handled Phillips screwdriver, I removed the screw on front edge of the door panel, near the top.

 

Below that screw, I removed another screw from the front edge of the door panel.

 

At the rear edge of the door panel, I removed the Phillip screw at the top...

 

...and then below it I removed another screw.

 

Then I removed two more screws at the bottom of the door panel.

 

Using a rigid putty knife, I started prying at the bottom of the door panel to release the snap clips and worked my way up.

 

View of back side of rear door panel.

 

View of rear door metal frame.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Sockets: 10mm, 5.5mm (or 7/32")
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

Related Articles:

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Navigation:
Home  |  What's New  |  Projects & Repairs  |  Links  |  Contact Us
Search Page
 

Copyright 2010 BodyShopZone.com
All Rights Reserved

Written February 18, 2010