How do I go about removing the drivers-side interior door panel? It looks like there are three pieces - the top portion, the armrest, and the lower portion? Is this correct? The lower portion is cracked such the the armrest shakes when I close the door. If you follow the outer lines of the armrest towards the hinges, the crack is right where the door panel meets the dash by you left knee.
I am hoping to get this part off and try to epoxy a 3" piece of wood to regain the structural rigidity of the door panel. Pls help!!!!
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thanx alot! I spoke to the parts/service rep at the dealer and he faxed me a diagram of the parts. It looks like there are three major components. There is the main assembly which covers the entire door and serves as the first layer of the interior door trim. Onto that main assembly is the lower panel which is screwed on as a second layer. Finally, it looks as though the armrest is screwed onto the lower panel. Is this right?
Can I get at that second (lower panel) without having to take the main assembly off? The less I have to take off, the better. I was told to be very careful, those clips are fragile and costs $3 each and are not usually stocked to any great degree....
For what it's worth, the dealer quoted my $192.xx for a replacement lower panel. Over $700 if I wanted to replace the entire interior door panel!!!!
I've got everything off except the last item - one large screw hidden beneath an access plate on the door release lever.
How do I get to this screw? Do I need to pop out the access plate? I don't see any??
I finally found it. thank you so much.
I was successful in fixing the panel. I used a high strength epoxy that essentially bonded to the original plastic backing of the door panel. No more shakes, rigid as new!
Have you had any luck with your getting your door panel off. I have the same problem with my 95 SC passenger door panel. The door will not open for access to the panel screws and I do want to minimize damaging the panel. Any info would be appreciated.