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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, door panel clip tool, T25 and T27 Torx drivers

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Door panel, door panel trim panels, 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 IDM

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator, door handle and latch. MINI R56 models have two parts to the door panel. The outer trim and trim pieces and the inner door panel module. The outer trim can be easily removed and serviced. The IDM on the other hand requires window glass and regulator removal to service. See our tech article on window regulator replacement for more information. You can refresh the look of your MINI with different color option trim panels and pieces. Give our parts specialists a call to see what is currently available.

In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the outer door panel on your R56. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and 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 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.

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MINI R56 models have two parts to the door panel.
Figure 1

MINI R56 models have two parts to the door panel. The outer trim and trim pieces (red arrows) and the inner door panel module (green arrow). The outer trim can be easily removed and serviced. The IDM on the other hand requires window glass and regulator removal to service. See our tech article on window regulator replacement for more information.

Working at the inner door handle, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow).
Figure 2

Working at the inner door handle, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow). Use a trim panel tool and lever the rivet out of the handle trim (inset).

MINI states the handle trim will be detached when removing the door panel.
Figure 3

MINI states the handle trim will be detached when removing the door panel. However, I have seen this damage the handle clips. I prefer to lever the handle trim (red arrow) off using a plastic trim panel tool.

Working at the bottom of the door panel, push the entrance light toward the front of the vehicle (red arrow) and pull it down to remove it.
Figure 4

Working at the bottom of the door panel, push the entrance light toward the front of the vehicle (red arrow) and pull it down to remove it. Then, disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) by pulling straight out to remove it (inset).

Using a door panel clip tool (red arrow), release the door panel clips.
Figure 5

Using a door panel clip tool (red arrow), release the door panel clips. I like to start at the lower corner. I then work my way around the door panel, releasing all the other clips. Pull on the inside of the panel as you lever; this helps to detach the clips.

The red arrows point to the location of the door panel trim clips.
Figure 6

The red arrows point to the location of the door panel trim clips.

Lift the door panel up and off the lock rod and remove it from the door.
Figure 7

Lift the door panel up and off the lock rod and remove it from the door.

With the outer door panel removed, you now have access to the IDM (green arrows).
Figure 8

With the outer door panel removed, you now have access to the IDM (green arrows). You can replace the armrest (red arrow) without removing the IDM. Please see the following steps.

Grab the armrest cushion and pull the top away from the door panel (green arrow), pulling it up and away to detach the clips.
Figure 9

Grab the armrest cushion and pull the top away from the door panel (green arrow), pulling it up and away to detach the clips.

Tilt the armrest down and detach the bottom to remove it.
Figure 10

Tilt the armrest down and detach the bottom to remove it.

Use a plastic prying tool and lever the power window switch out of the door pane (red arrow).
Figure 11

Use a plastic prying tool and lever the power window switch out of the door pane (red arrow). Remove the switch and disconnect the electrical connectors by pulling them straight out.

Next, use a plastic prying tool to detach the top of the speaker grille.
Figure 12

Next, use a plastic prying tool to detach the top of the speaker grille. Then pull the grille away from the door panel.

Working at the armrest support, remove the large T30 Torx fastener (IDM fastener) (red arrow).
Figure 13

Working at the armrest support, remove the large T30 Torx fastener (IDM fastener) (red arrow). Then remove the remaining four T25 Torx screws (green arrows). Reverse these steps to reinstall the trim or the armrest. Be sure to route the wiring as it was before.

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