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Removing Door Panels On A
2006 Honda Civic

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

(Covers Model Years 2006 To Present)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors and mechanical cables 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 Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

I found only two screws and one push clip holding the 2006 Honda Civic left front door panel on.  

 

  With a small screwdriver I removed the cover panel on the inside door latch.

 

First I removed the Phillips screw from the latch assembly.

With a small screwdriver I pushed in the center of the button clip slightly until the clip broke free, then I just pulled it out.

 

 

  With a pry tool or small screwdriver I pried upwards at the slots in the switch panel (red arrows).

 

By pressing on the tabs of the wire connectors, I was able disconnect the wire harness from the switch panel. Fir 

 

  Next I removed the Philips screw from the pull handle area.

 

Then with a rigid putty knife I pried the plastic panel from the metal door shell.  

 

  With an upward push, the panel unhooked from the lip of the door.

But... the door panel is still connected by the inside door handle cables.

 

Disconnecting The Door Handle:

In the past, most cars have used metal linkage rods to connect the door release handle and lock button to the door latch. This Honda uses a pair of sheathed cables, similar to those used on bicycle or motorcycle brakes.

 

Lock Button Connector:

First I unhooked the securing clip on the end of the inner wire (arrow). Then I disconnected the plastic end of the outer cable sheath.

 

Door Release Connector:

The end of the outer cable sheath was different than the lock button cable. I used a small screwdriver to pry open the plastic retainer, and the cable came out.

 

 

  View of back of plastic door panel

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover on.  

 

Rear Door Panel:

  The red arrows show where the hidden screws are located.

 

With a small screwdriver I removed the cover behind the door release lever.  

 

  Then I unscrewed the Phillips screw.

 

Next I pushed in slightly on the center of the button clip and removed it.  

 

  I pried up on the window control panel, from the armrest side first, and then the other end of the control panel.

 

I pressed down on the tab on the wire harness and pulled it off.  

 

  I then removed this Phillips screw in the door panel.

 

Next I pried the plastic door panel from the metal door frame.  

 

I then unhooked the door release cables.

First I disconnected the end of the inner wire, by rotating the black clip and pulling the end upward. Then I just disconnected the end of the outer sheath (arrows "A" and "B").

Note that the cable sheath ends at "A" and "B" are completely different. This is done by design, so the lock button and door release cables cannot be accidentally swapped during assembly.

 

View of back of plastic panel.  

 

  View of metal door shell with dust coved on.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillip's Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written March 3, 2008