how do i remove the passenger side door panel on a 2002 ford explorer sport?

Asked by Feb 11, 2017 at 11:58 AM about the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the explorer sport has a different inside door than the explorer repair videos i see on youtube. can anyone point me to a resource to guide me through removing the panel ( i am replacing a mirror)?

thanks in advance.

pat

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If you can't find a video that matches your car specifically, then use it as a generic guide, as most make/models are similar. Find any and all screws holding panel in place, including arm rest and along bottom of door. Then get a feel for where the blind plastic rivets are keeping panel attached, use a plastic pry bar to pry panel and rivets out. Don't worry if you ruin the plastic fastener, you can find replacements at any auto parts shop, they carry dozens of different types. You'll have to reach in back of the panel to detach the wire harness for the door/window controls, they give you a little slack in the harness but not much. The panel, once free of all fasteners, may be clipped in along the top at the window, so lift it out from the bottom and then up. If this is still too generic a guide, keep searching those youtube vids.

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Should be similar then, check to see where it is attached. Maybe an extra screw, or clip to remove.

it is similar but there's no discreet cover over the door handle like in an explorer and that's where the extra screw/bolt holds the panel on. i can't figure out where it is being held and i really don't want to break any of those plastic clips.

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