to get the door panel off there are five t-15( i believe...but make sure u got a T-20/25 in case) screws holding it on, along with ten or so white plastic clips. Three screws are located on the underside of the arm rest. You will see the three holes, they are narrow so a ratchet head wont fit, only a screw driver attached with the T head driver.
then there is one screw behind the airbag insigma on the door. This should pop off with a screw driver. Be careful since you dont want to damage your leather panel. I advise using a rag underneath the screw driver.
the last screw is behing the door handle, behind the black circle. If you look at the door ahndle you will know what i mean. This "dot" can be removed with a carpet knife fairly easily. Once again be carefull not to be too forceful cause u can damage the plastic "dot" or the surrounding plastic.
after you get there five screws out go to the end of the door(where the locking mechanism is). You can wrap a flat screw driver(bigger the better..leverage wise) in a towel and [B]carefully[B] pry away the panel from the door. The panels are on the front, rear and bottom of the panel. about ten of them. they should just pop out. If you break one i would replace it...because if you dont it might cause the door to rattle...which will be annoying.
Once the clips are loose you have to lift the panel straight up because along the window sill there are hooks holding the panel on. These are not as fragile as the clips but becarful not to pull the door panel out to much cause you can bend this hooks and might damage the panel. So lift up and then out.
umm thats about it. Once you get in there you will realize how much of a pain in the ass it will be to get to the lock mechanism. If you remove the clips holding the door latch cable make sure you do it carefully...they tend to break. and once again you will want to replace them if they do cause it will rattle in the door.
You may also have to remove the side impact airbags. this i cannot advise you on. and i will tell you do not remove, if you do its at your own risk.
Its held on by a couple ten millimeter bolts with locktite. then there is the airbags wiring harness. Be carefull with it. It should come out pretty easily.
and thats about it.
keep in mind that you do not want to leave anything in the door after your done doing your work. it will rattle and annoy you. making a habbit of removing the panel is no good.
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