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Removal of plastic trim door panel 1995 Nissan Maxima

Removing Door Panels On A 1995 Nissan Maxima

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

(Covers Model Years 1995 to 1999)

In This Article:

Various screws and plastic trim parts are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors are disconnected to separate the panel from the door.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

Removing the door panel from this 1995 Nissan Maxima required taking out three mounting screws (red arrows) and three accessories (green arrows).

Note: To remove the side view mirror, the door panel has to be removed, because the wire connectors and a hidden bolt are behind the door panel.

1995 Nissan Maxima plastic door panel removal.

 

1995 Nissan Maxima door pull handle, removing plastic cap over screw.

At the bottom of the inside door pull handle I used a small flat screwdriver removed the screw cover.

 

I then used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw from the bottom of the pull handle cup. Remove screw from inside door pull 1995 Nissan Maxima

 

1995 Nissan Maxima, removing door handle pull cup. With a tip of the small flat screwdriver I carefully lifted up the cup and removed it.

 

I removed the two Phillips screws from the bottom of the plastic door panel. Phillips screws at bottom of door panel, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Remove cover from inside latch handle, 1995 Nissan Maxima. I used a tack puller to pry off the inside door handle trim cover, then I maneuvered the cover from the handle.

 

View of back of inside door handle cover. View of inside door handle cove,r back side, 1995Nissan Maxima.

 

Remove window switch from door panel, 1995 Nissan Maxima. I pushed in with the tack puller and pried up on the front area of window switch.

 

Then using the small flat screwdriver I pressed in the wire connector lock tab and pulled it out of the window switch. Disconnecting wire harness from window switch, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

View of back side of window switch, 1995 Nissan Maxima. Back view of the window switch, showing the front area.

The red arrow points to the spring clip that needed to be pushed in and pried up.

 

Rear view of switch area. Side view of window switch, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Remove cover of interior door light, 1995 Nissan Maxima. I pried the cover off of the door panel interior lamp using a small screwdriver.

 

Then I unscrewed the two Phillips screws used to attach the plastic lamp base to the panel. Removal of interior door lamp, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Disconnecting interior door lamp wire connector, 1995 Nissan Maxima. I pressed in on the lock tab of the wire connector and separated it from the lamp.

 

View of back of lamp assembly. View of back side of interior door lamp 1995 Nissan Maxima

 

Prying door panel to release snap clips,l 1995 Nissan Maxima. I used a rigid putty knife and pried behind the plastic door panel to release the snap clips from the metal door frame.

 

When all the snap clips were releases, I pulled the plastic panel outward slightly and pushed upwards to remove the panel from the metal door frame.

But the door panel was still connected by one wire harness.

Lifting door panel from metal door frame, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Disconnecting trunk lock switch connector, 1995 Nissan Maxima. Using a flat screwdriver I pressed in on the wire connector lock tab and pulled the connector out of the trunk lock switch.

 

View of back side of the plastic door panel. View of back of plastic door trim panel, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

View of metal door frame with panel removed, 1995 Nissan Maxima. View of metal door frame with dust cover.

 

Removing The Side View Mirror:

I pried at the top of side view mirror cover (red arrow) with a tack puller and released the snap clip. Removal of side view mirror cover, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Removingl mounting bolt on mirror cover, 1995 Nissan Maxima. Then I used a 10mm socket to remove the bolt at the bottom of the cover (arrow).

 

I pulled the dust cover back to disconnect the side view mirror wiring. Location of side mirror wire connectors, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

Disconnecting wire harness for side mirrror, 1995 Nissan Maxima. I used a small flat screwdriver to press in the connector lock tabs, then I pulled the wire connectors apart.

 

Using a 10mm socket, I removed three bolts from the side view mirror to detach it from the metal door frame.

Caution: Have someone hold the side view mirror... if it falls it can cause damage to the outside painted panel.

Removing mirror mounting bolts, 1995 Nissan Maxima.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Socket: 10mm
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written April 22, 2010