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Old 04-24-01, 01:13 PM   #1
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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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Old 04-24-01, 04:04 PM   #2
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2 large screws under the armrest
3 screws along the bottom edge of the panel
2 screws on the forward edge, towards the hinge
1 large screw hidden beneath an access plate on the door release lever

That will remove the panel assy., including wood, from the door.

Additionally, you need to disconnect the door lamp, power console, and seat memory from the panel.
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Old 04-25-01, 07:16 AM   #3
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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!!!!
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Old 04-25-01, 02:31 PM   #4
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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??
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Old 04-25-01, 02:35 PM   #5
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Yes, you can carefully pop-off the access plate with a screwdriver. If you are afraid of scratching the plastic you can use a popsicle stick or some other wood/plastic blade to lever it out.
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Old 04-25-01, 06:01 PM   #6
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Default thanx again!

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!
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what is the type of epoxy you used I need to tr y and fix the top trim at the window?
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also curious on what I can use to fix the same problem? Cracked piece below window needs to be fixed as its cracked in half right in the middle..

hows that for a bump in 5 years =p
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does anyone know how to take the panel off when the door won't open? i have a broken rod/clip and can't open the door from the inside or out... thanks in advance!
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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.
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There is another member with his passenger door stuck but he managed to get the panel off. How did you handle the lock problem?
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