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How do you remove driver door panel on a 1997 ford contour?

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2011-09-13 06:16:55
2011-09-13 06:16:55

Start removing panel by removing the 6-phillip headed screws found on the front, rear, and bottom of the panel. Some screws have a plastic covers over the screwhead. Just pop them off if so equipped and remove the screw. There may by one larger Phillips screw located toward the front of the panel about 2/3 rds of the way toward the bottom that is under a small plastic cap.

You need to make a mental note as to what screws were removed from what section of the door to reassemble later. Label a zip lock bag for each type of screw and area found to keep things straight later.

If the car is equipped with power mirror the defrost vent cover will need to be removed from the door. The wiring connector for the mirror I think is under the panel, but the vent cover will need to be removed to release the top of the door panel.

The door pull handle will have two screws under the plastic cover. Remove the cover by placing a very small flat screwdriver into the square hole located on the bottom front and push down on handle. It should start the cover removal. I used a pick tool, that came with the soldering gun kit,to help pry the cover loose.

The door handle latch assembly has two Phillips head screw, one toward the upper left under a plastic cap and one toward the back bottom. You'll have to pull on the handle to get the screwdriver in positon to turn the screw the lower right corner of the black handle assemble. The door handle cover will need to be removed for the removal of the panel. If you pull on the panel you will break the door handle cover. There is a plastic catch at the rear of the black door handle assembly theat holds the handle cover. You must release this from the door handle assembly in order to remove the door handle cover. Once you have the door handle cover free you will have to remove the switch connector from both the door lock and the power window.

Once all of the screws are removed you can pull the panel away from the door. The door panel is locked into the bottom of the window opening, just push up on the panel and it will be free. Pull the switch connectors through the holes in the panel.

GOOD LUCK!

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