I am not responsible if you break anything. It is based off my 6th gen door panel removal. This is to be used as a guide, not a Bible
This article shall be superceded by any instructions that Princess may post in the future
Take of all the connectors to the door panels ie. door handle, window switch/grab handle drop in plate. On yours, you may also have to remove the actual door lock assembly and/or the speaker/grill first. There will be a metal rod connecting to the door handle, swivel the piece that it goes into then lift the rod up. There will be a connector to the door lock switch. There is only one screw on the door handle piece I believe.
Window switch/grab handle piece
One screw, then push towards the front of the car and lift up. There should be a tab at the back (nearest the B-pillar) try not to break it. Get it up far enough to remove the connectors: 1 for the window switches, 1 for the power mirror switch. There might be more but that's all I'm aware of/I remember.
Door panel removal
Remove the trim piece that covers the side view mirror. I did this by pulling straight out. There are TWO (2) clips holding it on. There is also a tab or something that I broke apparently...not sure, but it still fits and doesn't rattle. There is also a little clip underneath that cover, you'll see it. There's a slot in there to fit a small flathead, just pry it out. It's meant to just pop in and out. Then start at the bottom of the door, get your hand between the door panel and metal. Have a big ass flathead screwdriver handy to stick in there just in case you need to pry it to give you leverage, the clips might be on tight and it'll pin your fingers like a
and you'll release a string of cuss words so long your neighbor will call the cops. Start pulling outwards, there are several clips around the perimeter of the door panel. Only pull at the bottom and the 2 sides, NOT the top. Be careful not to BEND the door panel, otherwise you'll kick yourself forever. The top panel and the bottom panel are attached, it is not a one piece panel - be careful where they attach, it is a weak point. The clips will "pop" when they come loose, do not drop any. Once you got them all, push straight up towards the roof of the car. Clear the lock but DO NOT GO TOO FAR. You still need to remove the light bulb from the courtesy light at the bottom (twist 1/4-1/2 turn, pull out) and the security system light (if applicable).
Remove the piece of white plastic. This is the rain guard. Don't destroy it, or else all hell will break loose once it rains. The glue that is used to put it on is kind of hard and tacky...I found that I had to use a hobby knife to cut it away, otherwise I would rip the rain guard. You only need to peel about 1/4 to a 1/2 of it away, starting from the back of the door (towards the latch) and moving towards the front of the car. Once you got that, you should trace the metal rods coming from the inside door lock and the keyhole in the door. They should lead you to the actuator, which should be white colored plastic. It MIGHT be blocked by a piece of metal/rubber (was on mine). It is bolted to the door underneath the latch. Remove the bolt, the metal should come out with some finessing. DON'T force it, especially if you have the window down. The actuator should be bolted in there in a rather tight spot. I used a ratchet with a couple of extensions and a screwdriver head and a lot of curse words and energy to get all the screws out (3 on mine). Be careful not to drop the screws!! The actuator will then come out. AT THIS POINT, PLEASE NOTE HOW IT GOES IN. Look at where the metal rods go, how it is positioned, where the screws are, which plug goes into which hole. There should be 2 plugs, one power and one for the alarm/security/power lock (at least those are my guesses for the 2 plugs). Then, you can take it out.
Put everything back in in the reverse order, but here are a few tips.
- Remember to put the actuator in the right way and plug it in properly.
- Remember to put the piece of metal that blocked the actuator back in. Also remember to put the white rain guard back on.
- Check the door panel and make sure that all the clips are there. The spot where the clips attach are very noticeable...check them all and make sure there are clips in all of them.
- Clips just push back on...push on where the clips are until you feel them clip in. Make sure the clips are all aligned with their proper holes, otherwise they will pop out of their door panel mountings.
- Remember to get it over the door lock, and to reconnect the security light and the courtesy light.
- Window switch panel should be easy, the connectors and just slip it on, tighten it.
- Interior door handle REMEMBER to put the metal rod back in. Otherwise, you will have to roll down the window and grab the exterior handle in order to get out. It's going to look dumb and ghetto
USE COMMON SENSE
That's all for tonight, come back tomorrow for how to gut the trunk