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Remove 2008 Toyota Rav4 door panel.

Removing Door Panels On A 2008 Toyota RAV4

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

(Covers Model Years 2006 to 2010)

In This Article:

The side mirror cover is removed, the door pull handle is split apart, a small cover is removed behind the door release handle, and several screws are removed. The switch panel is removed and the door panel is pried away from the car. The door latch is detached from the panel.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This Toyota RAV 4 had three hidden screws that I needed to remove.

2008 Toyota Rav4 left inside door panel.


Remove side view mirror cover 2008 Toyota Rav4.

I started by removing the side view mirror cover.

Using a tack puller, I pried on the top area of the mirror cover to unsnap the clips behind the plastic cover.


View of back of mirror cover.

The arrow points to the snap clip.

Back of  side view mirror cover 2008 Toyota Rav4.


How to split inside door pull handle 2008 Toyota Rav4. I pried on the seam in the pull handle to split the handle in two.

I used the tack puller for this, and started prying at the bottom area.


As I moved upward, prying lightly to avoid damage, I was able to unsnap the rest of the outer part of the pull handle. Splitting of door pull handle 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Inside pull handle after separation, 2008 Toyota Rav4. View of pull handle after separating the outer half.

There were two screws behind the this cover.


I removed the top screw with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove top screw from pull handle 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Remove lower screw from pull handle 2008 Toyota Rav4 Then I removed the bottom screw.


I used the tack puller to pry the cover from behind the inside door latch, starting at rear area. Remove inside door latch cover 2008 Toyota Rav4.


View of back of latch cover 2008 Toyota Rav4. Then I removed the cover from behind the latch handle.


Then I was able to remove the Phillips screw behind the latch handle. Remove door latch screw 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Where to pry window switch cover 2008 Toyota Rav4. To prevent scratching the door panel, I lined the front area around  the window switch panel with masking tape.

Then I used a small flat screwdriver and carefully pried the switch cover up at the front.


The switch panel had a snap clip in the front, and the back hooked into the door panel. Remove window switch cover 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Unlock wire connector tab window switch 2008 Toyota Rav4. With the small flat screwdriver I pressed in the lock tab on the wire connector...


...and pulled the connector out of the switch. Window switch cover removed 2008 Toyota Rav4.


View of four covesr removed from door panel 2008 Toyota Rav4. View of the four covers that have to be removed.


This plastic door panel had some very difficult snap clips.

As usual, I started prying the door panel at the lower rear corner.

Using a thin rigid putty knife, I pried the panel out enough to insert a small pry bar (wonder bar) behind the panel.

Prying door panel from door frame 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Using pry bar to unsnap clips on door panel, 2008 Toyota Rav4. With some force I was able to release the snap clips.


Once all the snap clips were released, I pulled the panel outward slightly and lifted it up to release the door panel from the top lip. Lifting plastic door panel off 2008 Toyota Rav4.


Remove door latch from back of door panel 2008 Toyota Rav4. On the back of the panel at the latch area, I pried up the mounting tab for the inside door latch assembly to release it from the panel.


Then I was able to slide the latch out of the door panel. Unhook latch from plastic door panel 2008 Toyota Rav4


Remove snap clip from metal door frame 2008 Toyota Rav4 Some of the snap clips stayed in the metal panel and had to be removed and placed back in the plastic door panel.


View of back of plastic door panel. View back of plastic door panel 2008 Toyota Rav4.


View of metal door frame with panel removed, 2008 Toyota Rav4 View of metal door with panel removed.

Note how the door latch is just hanging by a pair of cables.


Removal of Side View Mirror:

To remove the side view mirror I disconnected the wire connector first (green circle). Then using a 10mm socket I removed the mounting bolts (red arrows).

Caution: Have someone hold the mirror... if it falls it can damage the outside painted part of the door.

Removal of side view mirror, 2008 Toyota Rav4.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • 10mm Socket
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Small Flat screwdriver
  • Tack Puller
  • Small Pry Bar (Wonder Bar)

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written June 3, 2010