How do you remove the driver side door panel on the 1999 Honda Crv?
I just did this on my wife's car, and want the next person who
comes along to have an easier time.
First, you'll want to make sure you have the proper tools:
# Phillips screwdriver # Flat-head screwdriver # Trim remover
tool (looks like a fork - useful for popping out the snap-in clips
without breaking them) First, remove the speaker cover. There's a
slot at the bottom of the speaker cover that allows you to use a
flat-head screwdriver to pry out. Inside, there are six
phillips-head screws. Three hold the speaker to the door panel, and
three hold this corner of the panel to the door. Remove them all,
and disconnect the speaker.
Next, remove the three screws that hold the armrest. Be gentle
with the armrest after removing these screws. Remove the screw
behind the door handle. Now, look at the bottom of the door panel.
There should be three clips towards the back of the door. Pull the
door panel away from the door GENTLY to see where they are, and use
the trim remover tool to pop out the clips.
Now comes the tricky part. First, you'll want to lock the door
(while it's open) to make the door lock post (the little post that
goes down when you lock the door) easier to navigate around. The
door handle and lock button should slide forward about 1/2" (1-2cm
for you metric folks). You should feel it come loose. Starting at
the back of the panel, lift the panel up and forward, being careful
to navigate around the door lock post. You may want to GENTLY help
this process by prying up on the top, where the panel meets the
Once the panel is mostly free, you'll still have the lock button
and door handle to deal with. There is a plastic clip that will
spin to free the door handle from the pull-rod. Spin this clockwise
to unlock it, then slide it up and out. Unclip the electrical
connector for the door lock button, and that should be it!