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Taking off door panel, 2007 Subaru Impreza.

Removing Door Panels On A
2007 Subaru Impreza

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

(Covers Model Years 2001 to 2008)

In This Article:

Various 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 30 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

This is the right front door of a 2007 Subaru Impreza. Inside of front door, Subaru Impreza. 

 

 Removing cover over side-view mirror, Subaru. I started by prying the mirror cover from the top of the door panel.

I used a tack puller for a prying tool.

 

This cover was held on by a suction cup system.

At this point the side view mirror mounting bolts are exposed, but the wire connector is under the door panel.

Side mirror bracket with cover removed. 

 

 Hidden screw behind cover located at bottom of door pull. Using a small screwdriver, I opened the cover at the bottom of the door pull.

 

Then I was able to remove the Phillips screw from the bottom of the pull handle cover. Removing screw in door pull handle, Subaru. 

 

 Removing trim panel on door armrest on 2007 Subaru Impreza. I pried up on the pull handle cover. I started at the rear and worked forward until the cover was free.

 

Next I removed the wires from the switches by pressing on the release tab on each plastic connector. Disconnecting electrical connectors in armrest, Subaru.

 

 Subaru door armrest switch panel. The switch panel assembly was completely removed.

 

Then I start the tedious job of removing the surround cover around inside handle assembly. Removing trim cover around door open latch.  

 

Removing trim cover around inside door handle. With a small screwdriver I started prying on the edge of the surround cover. First I gently pried at the top above the lock lever. Once I got my fingertips under the cover, I pried below the lever.

 

Next I gently pried on the forward area of the surround cover until the snap clip released. Removing trim cover, 2007 Subaru. 

 

Door handle trim cover, back view. View of the back side of the inside handle trim cover.

 

With a rigid putty knife I pried between the plastic panel and metal door shell to release the snap clips. Prying door panel from car door, 2007 Subaru Impreza. 

 

 Lifting door panel from car door. Then I pulled the plastic panel outward and upward over the upper lip of the door.

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover. Subaru door with panel removed, inside view of door. 

 

 Location of electrical connector for power side mirror, Subaru. If I was removing the side view mirror, I would disconnect this electrical connector (red arrow) for the electric mirror.

 

View of back side of plastic door panel. Back view of Subaru door panel. 

 

Removing The  Rear Door Panel

 Back door, 2007 Subaru Impreza. View rear door with plastic door panel.

 

With a small screwdriver I gently removed the surround cover from around the inside door handle. Removing trim ring around door release handle.

 

 Back view of trim ring showing attachment tabs. View of back of surround cover and the fastening tabs.

 

View of handle area with surround cover removed. Subaru door opening handle with trm removed. 

 

 Finding hidden screw in door handle, Subaru. With a small screwdriver, I opened the cover to expose the Phillips screw at the bottom of the pull handle.

 

Then I pried on the forward area of the plastic trim to release the snap clip. Removing plastic door armrest trim, Subaru. 

 

 Disconnecting power window and door switches. Next I pressed on the tab on the wire harness and pulled the connector from the switch.

 

I found a screw clip at the upper back end of the panel. This clip is soft plastic.

I gently unscrewed the inner part of the clip and held the outer part stationary. Then I pulled the entire clip out.

Special screw at end of door panel, Subaru Impreza. 

 

 Special screw clip for fastening trim, Subaru. View of clip after removal.

 

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

There were several snap-clips around the perimeter of the door panel.

Prying plastic door panel away from metal door shell, Subaru. 

 

 Lifting door panel away from door. Next I pull upward and outward over the top lip of the metal door shell.

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover. Inside view of car door, Subaru Impreza 2007. 

 

 Rear view of plastic door panel, 2007 Subaru Impreza. View of back of plastic door panel.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

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

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written October 22, 2008