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« on: December 21, 2013, 09:33:48 am »

Does anyone know how to remove the door panels?  I've started my sound deadening project and need to get to the inside.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 11:10:49 am »

Beast is in storage,,, but I looked at some photos,, looks like the door is panel is framed around the panel,,, in other words unless you take out one of the sides no way it's coming apart...note I'm looking at pictures...

 what all are you planning on doing BTW,   let us know and do pics

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 12:06:43 pm »

Skipper,
To remove the door panels you have to remove the black panel by the mirrors by inserting a screw driver along the edge by the window and finding the clip. Push on the clip to remove the panel.
Next remove the two plugs, one behind the door handle and the other at the bottom of the door. Remove the two screws. lift the panel to remove it.

Be very careful on the black panel not to break the clips or you will be ordering new panels.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013, 09:12:10 pm »

OOOps sorry,,, did not know he was talking about the coach doors, my bad.,,, I've done some of this,,, JC Whiteny sales a tool to lift panels also different panels have different types of clips, so like tom said you need to be very careful

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2013, 04:34:55 pm »

Tom, thanks for the help.  There are 3 screws that hold the door panel on and once I found the third screw (just above the door handle), the door panel lifts off easily.  It doesn't 'snap' into place, it just hangs from the door and rests on the clips. I did lose the metal clip on plastic piece that covers what used to be the vent window in days of yore and I to improvise when replacing it.  It's always something .  Mark
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 09:43:55 am »

I am sitting here at the tire dealer waiting for the recall. I think I am about five on the list to get in. I am the only one for the recall from Michelin. I went out and checked the doors looking for the third screw. On the passengers door I can only find the two screws but on the drivers side there are the same two screws plus one holding the black panel with the mirror controls. I don't know if there is a hook behind that panel. Is that what you mean when you said you have three screws?
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013, 10:12:22 am »

Skipper,,,,  send some pics,,, interesting

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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 11:50:59 am »

Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows the removal of a E150 door panel.  Looks close to what I had to do on our 2008.

Not sure what year this is for but should give you an idea of what needs to be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5x9tkQRHEo

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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 02:20:48 pm »

Thanks Barry that is much better than my description.  He sure made it look easy to remove the panel covering the mirror nuts. Back in 2010 I replaced my mirrors and was trying to remember how I removed the panels. I guess the old brain forgets things faster now a days. Heehee.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013, 02:36:39 pm »

Tom

We don't forget any faster it's just that the days go by faster.

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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2013, 09:10:16 am »

This works on a 2013 model:  Pop off the cover at the front of the door (very carefully) with a pry bar of some sorts.  I used a screwdriver.  Pry from the top as there is a clip near the top.  The cover is held on by 2 tabs in slots at the top of the panel and the clip above them.  Remove the now visible screw holding the door panel on. Next, remove the small plastic cover in the door handle and remove the screw that holds the larger plastic cover for the door handle.  There is a screw just above the door handle.  You may need a flashlight to see it.  Remove it. Finally, pry out the round tab at the bottom of the door on the aft side and remove the screw under it.  Now the door panel will lift straight up unimpeded.  You may want to pop the window/door lock panel up before removing the door panel otherwise you will need to rest the panel somehow while you disconnect the wiring.  Don't pull out, just pull up.  If it doesn't come freely, you missed a screw.  Mark
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