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Removing the door panel on a 2002 Honda Accord.

Removing Door Panels On A
2002 Honda Accord

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

(Covers Model Years 1998 to 2002)

In This Article:

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

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

The door panel on this 2002 Honda Accord is not that difficult to remove.  Inside view of front door on Honda Accord.

 

Removing side view mirror cover on 02 Accord. I started prying at the upper edge of the side view mirror cover. The bottom edge is hooked-in under the plastic door panel.

 

Rear view of side-view mirror cover. The red arrow shows the hook the goes underneath the edge of the door panel. Side mirror cover, 2002 Honda.

 

Side-view mirror bolt locations for 02 Honda Accord. Using a prying tool I removed the button clip.

The red arrows show the three 10mm bolts that hold the mirror on. But first the plastic door panel must be removed to disconnect the wire.

 

With a small screwdriver, I removed the small cover over the screw on the inside door latch. Removing small plastic cover on door handle, 02 Accord.

 

Removing screw for door release lever, Honda. Be careful not to lose the little cover.

When I removed it, the cover went flying across the workshop, and it took me a few minutes to find.

 

Using a Phillips screwdriver, I removed the screw that held the latch in position. Removing screw for door release lever, Honda.

 

Pushing door latch to unhook plastic body from door panel. Then, pushing in the direction of the arrow, I unhooked the latch from the metal door shell.

 

Back view of latch, the red arrows show the hooks.

The green arrow shows the latch rod that needs to be disconnected.

I pushed upward on the plastic clasp that wraps around the rod.

Side view of door release latch showing rod connection.

 

Removing door latch connecting rod, Honda. With the clasp released the rod can be lifted out.

 

Using my fingertip, I pressed in on the wire connection release tab and pulled the wire out of the switch. Removing electrical connector, 2002 Accord.

 

Lifting up screw cover in door pull, Honda. Then with a small screwdriver I lifted up the cover tab at the bottom of the door pull handle.

 

Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed the screw from under the cover. Removing screw holding door pull to car, Honda Accord.

 

Prying door pull handle upward to remove it. With a prying tool, I lifted up on the back of the pull handle which unhooked it from the front.

 

View of pull handle removed. Door pull handle removed, 2002 Honda Accord.

 

Disconnecting wiring harness, Honda Accord. Then I pushed in on the wire connector tab and pulled the wire from the switch.

 

With a rigid putty knife I pried the plastic door panel from the metal door shell. Using rigid putty knife to pry door panel away from car.

 

Lifting door panel up and out to remove. I pulled the plastic door panel outward and lifted it up, and the panel came off the metal door frame.

But... there was still a wire connected to the door panel... the wire that powers the light that you see at the bottom of the picture.

 

By twisting the bulb socket counter-clock wise I was able to remove the interior light.

Then the door panel was completely removed from the car.

Removing light socket from door panel, 2002 Honda Accord.

 

Rear view of front door panel from 2002 Honda Accord. View of back of plastic door panel.

The small white spots around the edges are the push clips that hold the panel to the metal door shell.

 

View of metal door shell and dust cover.

This dust cover kinda fell off because somebody else had already repaired something inside the door, and the sheet of plastic wasn't perfectly glued in place.

Inside view of car door with panel removed.

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

Inside view of back door on Honda Accord. The rear plastic door panel is similar to the front panel. 

 

With a small screwdriver I pried off the small screw cover from the inside door latch. Removing small plastic cover on door handle, 02 Accord.

 

Removing screw for door release lever, Honda. Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed  the screw holding the latch in position.

 

I pushed the latch forward to unhook it from the metal door shell. Pushing door latch to unhook plastic body from door panel.

 

Removing door latch connecting rod, Honda. Then using a flat screwdriver I released the clasp from the rod.

 

Then I pulled the rod out of the retainer clip. Removing door latch connecting rod, Honda.

 

Lifting up screw cover in door pull, Honda. With a flat screwdriver I opened the cover to the screw at the bottom of inside pull handle.

 

Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed the screw from the pull handle. Removing screw holding door pull to car, Honda Accord.

 

Prying door pull handle upward to remove it. Then with a prying tool I lifted the pull handle up and unhook the other end from the plastic panel.

 

I pressed the release tab and pulled the wire connector from the switch. Disconnecting wiring harness, Honda Accord.

 

Door pull handle removed, 2002 Honda Accord. Bottom view of pull handle.

 

Then with a rigid putty knife I released the clips holding the plastic door panel to the metal door shell. Using rigid putty knife to pry door panel away from car.

 

Lifting door panel up and out to remove. Pulling outward and pushing up I unhooked the plastic panel from the metal door shell.

 

Then I twisted  the interior light socket counter-clock wise to remove it from the plastic door panel. Removing light socket from door panel, 2002 Honda Accord.

 

Rear view of front door panel from 2002 Honda Accord. View of back of plastic door panel.

 

View of rear door metal shell with dust cover.

Read more about removing the dust cover to reach the components inside the door.

Inside view of car door with panel removed and dust cover visible.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • Tack Puller

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written October 15, 2008