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Rear Door Panel Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Door Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, door panel clip tool, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Door panel, vapor barrier, vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Access to items behind door panel

Complementary Modification:

Replace vapor barrier

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator and the sun shade. In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the rear door panel on your E53 X5. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing. If you have to remove the vapor barrier, have vapor barrier sealant on hand. Be very careful when removing the vapor barrier. It tears easily and if it is reinstalled with a tear, an interior water leak can develop. There are a few differences in removing the front and rear door panels. This tech article covers the rear. See our tech article on front door panel removing, should you need access to what is behind your front door panel.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Use a pick or plastic prying tool (red arrow) to lever the retaining tab up through the opening at the top of the sunshade.
Figure 1

Use a pick or plastic prying tool (red arrow) to lever the retaining tab up through the opening at the top of the sunshade. When the retaining tab is released pull it straight out on top of the sunshade.

Remove the sunshade from the door by pulling it straight off.
Figure 2

Remove the sunshade from the door by pulling it straight off. When installing, place the bottom of the sunshade onto the door, then the top and snap it into place.

Remove the two T20 Torx door panel screws (green arrows).
Figure 3

Remove the two T20 Torx door panel screws (green arrows).

Using a plastic pry tool, gently lever the trim piece off.
Figure 4

Using a plastic pry tool, gently lever the trim piece off. Start at the back and work your way toward the door handle. There are four plastic retainers that hold this trim piece on. They should remain on the door panel. If any come off with the trim piece or are broken, they should be replaced.

Remove the two screws using a T20 Torx driver (green arrows).
Figure 5

Remove the two screws using a T20 Torx driver (green arrows). Be careful not to drop the inner screw (inset) into the door panel. You can use a magnet to retrieve it if needed.

Using a plastic pry tool, insert it between the door panel and door.
Figure 6

Using a plastic pry tool, insert it between the door panel and door. Lever it outward and away from the door until all the lower clips are released. Then gently pull the top of the door panel outward. Work the door lock rod out of the door panel, being careful not to bend or break it. Now that the door panel is separated from the door, be careful not to pull it too far away, as there are still cables and wires connected.

Now gently release inside the door handle cable by slightly pushing the securing tab (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Now gently release inside the door handle cable by slightly pushing the securing tab (yellow arrow). When reinstalling the door handle cable, be sure the door handle is in the released position when you engage the cable.

Now unplug the speaker, window switch and the light at the bottom of the door panel (green arrows) by pulling the electrical connectors straight out.
Figure 8

Now unplug the speaker, window switch and the light at the bottom of the door panel (green arrows) by pulling the electrical connectors straight out. There is also a connector for the lighted door handle that needs to be unplugged. It is very fragile. On this door panel it is already broken (yellow arrow) from a previous repair. To unplug it, squeeze the connector tabs and pull it straight out.

Now the door panel can be removed.
Figure 9

Now the door panel can be removed. Before installing the door panel, inspect the door panel retaining clips (green arrows). If any are Broken or missing their sealing gaskets, they should be replaced. Also check to see if any are missing (yellow arrow). If some are missing, inspect the door for any clips that may have stayed when the panel was being removed.

Check the door panel to make sure the black plastic retainer (green arrow) is on the door panel.
Figure 10

Check the door panel to make sure the black plastic retainer (green arrow) is on the door panel. If it is not there, check the door, as it may have separated from the door panel during removal. Be sure to reinstall it on the door panel by sliding it into the metal bracket on the door panel (inset).

To remove the sunshade from the door panel, remove the Philips screw (inset) securing the sunshade to the door panel (green arrow).
Figure 11

To remove the sunshade from the door panel, remove the Philips screw (inset) securing the sunshade to the door panel (green arrow).

Pull the sunshade (green arrow) straight out of the door panel.
Figure 12

Pull the sunshade (green arrow) straight out of the door panel. Make sure the screen of the sunshade does not get caught when sliding it out. Reverse the removal steps to install the sunshade and door panel. When installing the door panel make sure all the plastic retainers line up with the appropriate holes in the door before snapping the door panel into place. You should also inspect the vapor barrier before reinstalling the door panel, making sure it is fully adhered to the door and is water tight.

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