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Remove the door panel on a 2007 Subaru Outback.

Removing Door Panels On A
2007 Subaru Outback

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

(Covers Model Years 2005 to Current)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Cables and 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


Removing the door panel on this 2007 Subaru Outback involved three hidden screws that had to be removed, and a complicated latch assembly that had to disconnected.

Door on Subaru Outback.


Removing plastic cover behind door handle, Subaru.

I used a flat screwdriver to pry off the cover behind the inside door latch handle.


This exposed a hidden Phillips screw (red arrow), which I removed. Hidden screw behind door release handle on Subaru Outback, 2007.


I used a small tack puller tool to pry off the inside cover for the mirror. Removing cover behind side view mirror, Subaru.


I Applying masking tape to door panel to prevent scratching while prying on plastic cover. I put a piece of masking tape above the door pull handle to prevent damage.

Then I used a small flat screwdriver to start prying the handle apart.


View of back of pull handle cover.

There are 3 push clips that hold this cover to the main part of the pull handle.

One of the push clips stayed in the handle... I just left the metal clip in place and it went back together later with no problem.

Removing plastic cover on door pull handle, Subaru Outback.


Removing hidden screws on Subaru Outback door panel. I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw in the upper part of the handle.


Then I removed the lower Phillips screw. Remove hidden screws on door pull, Subaru.


Prying off door panel on Subaru Outback. I used a rigid putty knife to pry out the snap clips that held the plastic door panel to the metal door shell.


Then I pulled the panel slightly outward and pushed it up over the metal lip at the top of the door.

BUT... the door panel was still attached by the cables that connect the door release handle to the internal latch mechanism.

:Lifting door panel off car, Subaru.


Cables behind door panel, Subaru Outback 2007. The back of the door release handle and lock had two cables attached.


I removed the lower plastic cable end sleeve from its mount. Disconnecting door latch cable, 2007 Subaru.


Door release cable end, Subaru. Then I pulled the inner wire cable end ball (red arrow) from the latch handle.


I used the same method on the upper cable, which is for the door lock. Door lock cable behind door panel, 2007 Subaru Outback.


Disconnecting wires, Subaru. I then pressed the tab on the wire connector and pulled the wire harness out of the power window and door lock switch.


At the lower door panel light I pressed in on the tab of the wire connector and pulled the connector out of the lamp.

At this point the door panel was completely separated from the car.

Disconnecting wires for light inside door, Subaru.


Back view of door panel, Subaru Outback 2007. View of back of plastic door panel.


View of metal door shell and dust cover. Door with trim panel removed, Subaru Outback.


Removal of Side View Mirror:

Side view mirror bolt locations, 2007 Subaru Outback. First I disconnected the side view mirror wire harness by pressing in on the tab and pulling the connector apart (yellow arrow).

Then I used a 10mm socket and ratchet to remove the three bolts fastening mirror to the door (red arrow).


One of the mounting bolts was hidden behind a little black cover (red arrow).


Caution: Have someone hold the mirror... if it falls it will cause damage.

Mirror bolt cover, Subaru.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic mechanic's tools
  • 10mm socket and ratchet
  • Small screwdriver 
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Rigid putty knife
  • Tack puller

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written June 11, 2009