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Door Panel Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$250

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, door panel clip tool, flathead screwdriver, T20 torx

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 interior door components

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulator

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator, door latch, outer door handle carrier and door mirror. In this tech article I will go over the steps involved in removing the door panel on your BMW E53. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the door panel, as they can 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. If it is reinstalled with a tear, an interior water leak can develop.

Lower the window on the door you are removing the door panel on.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently pry out the decorative trim panel (green arrow).
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently pry out the decorative trim panel (green arrow). Start levering at the rear of the door panel, working your way toward the inner door handle. Once the trim is free, remove it from the door by pulling it out of the inner door handle toward the rear of the vehicle.

Working at the bottom of the door, use a plastic prying tool to pry out the courtesy light.
Figure 2

Working at the bottom of the door, use a plastic prying tool to pry out the courtesy light. Then disconnect the wiring harness (green arrow) by pulling it straight out.

Carefully pry up the window switch assembly with a plastic prying tool (green arrow).
Figure 3

Carefully pry up the window switch assembly with a plastic prying tool (green arrow). Then remove it from its opening by lifting it up and rotating it rearward.

Disconnect the two wiring harnesses from the window switch by applying pressure to the tab (green arrow) and swinging the latch open.
Figure 4

Disconnect the two wiring harnesses from the window switch by applying pressure to the tab (green arrow) and swinging the latch open. See the next step for the position of when the latches are open.

Disconnect the third wire harness on the window switch by sliding out the tab with a flathead screwdriver (green arrow).
Figure 5

Disconnect the third wire harness on the window switch by sliding out the tab with a flathead screwdriver (green arrow). Note the open latches on the two smaller harnesses (yellow arrows).

On the upper rear end of the door panel pry out the air bag label (green arrow).
Figure 6

On the upper rear end of the door panel pry out the air bag label (green arrow).

Remove the screw behind the air bag label using a T20 torx driver or socket (green arrow).
Figure 7

Remove the screw behind the air bag label using a T20 torx driver or socket (green arrow).

Remove the three remaining T20 Torx screws from the door trim (green arrows).
Figure 8

Remove the three remaining T20 Torx screws from the door trim (green arrows).

Detach the retaining clips on the door panel with a plastic door panel clip tool.
Figure 9

Detach the retaining clips on the door panel with a plastic door panel clip tool. There are 11 clips around the perimeter of the panel. Start at the outer corner, and work your way around the door panel until they are all detached.

Unclip the door panel at the top using a plastic prying tool (green arrow).
Figure 10

Unclip the door panel at the top using a plastic prying tool (green arrow). There are five clips at the top of the panel. Pull the door panel away from the door to detach the center mounting clip. Lift the panel up and feed it from the lock rod (green arrow) out of the panel.

Unhook the Bowden cable from the inner door handle by unlatching the tab (green arrow).
Figure 11

Unhook the Bowden cable from the inner door handle by unlatching the tab (green arrow). Lever the locking tab away from the door handle to unclip it. The cable will release. You can now service items behind the door panel and repair as needed.

Installation is the reverse of removal.
Figure 12

Installation is the reverse of removal. The first step in the reassembly is to reattach the Bowden cable by snapping it into position (green arrow). To do this, feed the cable end into the handle at an angle and then tilt the end with the clip into the handle and snap it into place. When placing the door panel on the door make sure you engage the center mounting clip. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all the wiring as it was before.

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