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Removing door panel on a Jeep Wrangler.

Removing Door Panels On A
2004 Jeep Wrangler

Gaining Access To Repair Windows and Door Locks

(Covers Model Years 2003 to 2006)

In This Article:

The window crank and various screws are removed, and then the door panel is pried away.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


The plastic door panel on this 2004 Jeep Wrangler was held on with five screws and the window roll-up handle. Door panel fastener location on a 2004 Jeep Wrangler.


Removing window crank handle with special tool. First I rolled the window down.

Then I inserted a window handle snap ring tool between the plastic washer and handle. I pushed in the direction shown by the red arrow. 


The red arrow shows the snap ring.

The black arrow shows the snap ring release tool.

(When I replace the snap ring on the handle, I use needle-nose pliers to squeeze the snap ring into position.)

Removing snap ring from window crank, Jeep.


Window crank snap ring. View of snap ring after being pushed out of handle.


Then I removed the two screws from the door pull handle using a #T15 Torx tip screw driver. Removing screws near door handle,  04 Wrangler.


Removing door panel screws on a Jeep Wrangler. Using the #15 tip I removed the screw from the latch area.


Then the two screws from the bottom of the plastic panel. Removing lower door panel screws, Jeep Wrangler.


Prying door panel from metal door, Jeep. I inserted a rigid putty knife between the door panel and the door shell. Then I used a prying motion to release the plastic push clips that hold the door panel to the door.


I removed the panel by pulling outward and upward. Lifting door panel off door, 04 Wrangler.


Rear view of plastic door panel from 2004 Jeep Wrangler. View of back of plastic door panel.


View of metal door shell with dust cover. Wrangler driver's side door with panel removed.

Read about removing the dust cover to access the parts inside the door.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Torx T15 Screwdriver
  • Window Crank Removal Tool
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • Needle-Nose Pliers

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written September 24, 2008