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Remove door panels on a 2007 Scion tC.

Removing Door Panels On A 2007 Scion tC

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

(Covers Model Years 2005 to Current)

In This Article:

Various plastic covers and screws 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 20 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

This 2007 Scion tC had three hidden Phillips screws and several snap clips fastening the plastic door panel to the car door.

Hidden screw locations on door panel of 2007 Scion tC.

 

Removing side-view mirror plastic cover panel, 07 Scion.

I started by removing the side view mirror cover, using a tack puller to pry off the plastic cover.

 

View of back of cover.

There are two snap clips on the back that hold the cover to the door.

back view of mirror cover trim panel, 2007 Scion tC.

 

Removal of Side-View Mirror

Removing bolts for side mirror on 2007 Scion tC. First I disconnected the wire connector from the mirror, using the tip of a flat screwdriver to press the tab in. Then I pulled the connector out.

Then I used a 10mm socket and a ratchet to remove the three mounting nuts fastening the mirror to the door frame.

Caution: Have someone hold the mirror. If it falls it may cause damage.

 

I used a very small flat screwdriver placed in the notch to pry open the cover inside the door latch. Removing hidden screw cover behind door handle, Scion.

 

Removing hidden screw behind door latch, 2007 Scion. Then I removed the Phillips screw behind the cover.

 

I placed a tack puller at the lower bottom edge of the pull handle and pried off the outer cover.

I started at this point because it's the least noticeable area, so if the plastic gets damaged slightly it won't be easily seen.

Separating parts of door pull handle, 2007 Scion tC.

 

Door pull handle comes apart, Scion. I gently pried all around the door pull cover and then I pulled the cover off.

 

View of back side of pull handle cover. Back view of door handle part, 07 Scion tC.

 

Removing hidden screw behind 2-part door handle, Scion. I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the top screw under the cover.

 

Then I removed lower screw. Removing door panel screw, Scion tC.

 

Using putty knife to pry door panel away from car door, 2007 Scion tC. With a rigid putty knife I released the snap clips fastening the plastic door panel to the metal door shell.

 

Pulling outward slightly and upward, I lifted the door panel over the metal lip at the top of the door.

Then the door panel was free except for the wire harness that needed to be disconnected.

Lifting door panel from car door.

 

Disconnecting electrical connector behind door panel, Scion. To release the wire connector, I had to press the tab in and pull out on the wire.

 

Now that the wire connector is released I was able to completely remove the plastic panel. Electrical connector in car door, Scion.

 

Back side of door panel, 07 Scion tC. View of back of plastic panel,

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover. Scion tC door with panel removed.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

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

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written August 13, 2009