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Old 09-14-2008, 09:48 AM
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HELP! Driver's side door panel removal question

I am stumped on the driver door panel removal.
have searched threads with no luck

How does the panel seperate from door at the top edge by the window? I have the clips detatched, the inner door release is through the panel etc. But the black frame that houses the speaker etc seems to be holding the panel to the door?

Dont want to go further until i have clear direction

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Old 09-14-2008, 10:22 AM
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There are two screws that need to be removed from the front door panel as well as the clips--the screw under the little plastic cover beneath the inside door handle, and an additional screw on the inside of the door, accessible when you open the door up--if I recall correctly, you should see a screw in or near where the air duct is located, where the air blows from your console into the air duct of the door. Hope this helps! There is also a row of metal clips on the top of the panel, which are different than the plastic clips surrounding the rest of the door panel.

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Old 09-14-2008, 11:40 AM
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E39 Door Removal

Fyi. . . this series of video on YouTube is very helpful. . . you may want to check them out.

It's by Bavarian Soundwerks ("bavsound"), and I was able to take the doors apart without any problem.

Good Luck !

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Old 09-15-2008, 01:57 PM
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2 screws to be removed - under door handle and in vent, seen when door is open. Start popping the door away from the panel with your fingers from a corner. Be gentle, don't push on the tweeter grill. Pop all around and it will come loose. Don't worry, even IF you break a connector, they are easy to replace, and are made to pop in and out. Be mindful of the wires connecting your controls, lights, and other electronics. Also be mindful of the door handle and don't pull it out of the track or your door won't operate corectly when you reinstall the panel.
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I know this one is old, but outstanding job, save me time and money. thanks
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:03 PM
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Wow that is a great video.. just my speed. Are there more topics done this way?
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