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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx driver, plastic pry bars

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006)

Parts Required:

Door panel

Hot Tip:

Get some thick plastic pry bars

Performance Gain:

Panel removal helps acceleration

Complementary Modification:

Replace Window Regulator

Certain jobs, such as replacing a window regulator require removing the door panel. Before beginning the task, read the article in full and get a set of thick, large plastic pry bars. These are available at most auto parts or hardware stores.

Getting the panels to pop from the door frame is bit of a pain. I actually broke one of my smaller pry bars trying to get enough leverage to pop them free. Work around the edge, close to the plastic clips and work one by one downward.

Once the panels are removed, check all of the mounting cups on the door panel. The plastic clips can sometimes pull free of the cups and still be mounted in the door. If this is the case, carefully pry the clip at its base out of the door panel. If the clip is still in good shape, slide it into the cup on the door. If you managed to break the clip, the part number is N10516801.

Shown here is the front door panel on the Porsche Cayenne.
Figure 1

Shown here is the front door panel on the Porsche Cayenne. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing it.

Use a plastic pry bar to gently pop the side mirror cover off.
Figure 2

Use a plastic pry bar to gently pop the side mirror cover off. Once removed, pop the side mirror switch out of the cover.

Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it out of the mirror switch.
Figure 3

Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it out of the mirror switch.

Use a plastic pry bar to gently pop the cover off the arm rest handle.
Figure 4

Use a plastic pry bar to gently pop the cover off the arm rest handle. Start at the top and gently work your way down.

Once the handle cover is removed, begin prying the arm rest cover off.
Figure 5

Once the handle cover is removed, begin prying the arm rest cover off. Start at the top of the rear section and work your way forward. You may need to use a bit more force than you think.

Now pry the front section off, starting near the handle.
Figure 6

Now pry the front section off, starting near the handle.

Remove the four T30 Torx screws (green arrows) mounted inside the armrest.
Figure 7

Remove the four T30 Torx screws (green arrows) mounted inside the armrest. The best tool for this job is a four inch long 1/4" extension.

Now comes the hard part, getting the door panel to pop off the door.
Figure 8

Now comes the hard part, getting the door panel to pop off the door. You'll want to work your way down each side, carefully working each clip out. A set of thick plastic pry bars really helps. Once the door panel is free, tilt it forward slightly from the bottom and pull it up and off the top of the door frame.

You'll now need to remove the cable from the inner door handle.
Figure 9

You'll now need to remove the cable from the inner door handle. Pull the cable out enough to rotate it around to the opening in the handle latch (yellow arrow). Once free, pull the plastic end nut up and out of the handle. Now gently pry the plastic arms (green arrows) of the cable retainer outward and pull the retainer back to release it from the door panel.

Press the plastic tabs on the electrical connector (green arrows) and pull the connector out of the speaker.
Figure 10

Press the plastic tabs on the electrical connector (green arrows) and pull the connector out of the speaker.

Follow the main wiring harness to the door panel back to the electrical connector on the window motor.
Figure 11

Follow the main wiring harness to the door panel back to the electrical connector on the window motor. Pry down the black plastic retaining clip (green arrow) and pull the connector out.

Shown here is the finished result.
Figure 12

Shown here is the finished result. Check around the door panel for any mounting clips that may still be stuck in the door. Gently pry them out at the base if you find any.

If the clips are still in good shape, simply pop them back into the mounting cups on the door panel.
Figure 13

If the clips are still in good shape, simply pop them back into the mounting cups on the door panel. Installation is the reverse of removal

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Comments and Suggestions:
ralph Comments: Have finally found the Porsche workshop manual online. Solved!
November 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What did you discover with the metal panel? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ralph Comments: At the Porsche catalogue the regulator seems to be between the metal panel and the frame? But I think I need to remove the frame first?
November 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, that cover does look like it has to come off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ralph Comments: Hi Staff, its about the right passenger door Cayenne 9PA
November 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The article is fro front door. We don't currently have rear door. If we get the chance to perform the repair, we will document it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ralph Comments: Help! I can't find any information regarding the regulator replacement. I removed several rivets and the metal part. What to do next? It seems the regulator is fixed on top? How? I removed the screws of the window clambs. But what next? I'm stuck... :-
November 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle and door are you working on? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
montrealer Comments: hi

I can't open driver door , Porsche cayenne 2008 , from inside and out side . I need help please
August 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to remove the door panel and try to unjam the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
The boss Comments: Thank you saved time & grief Ray@Marshchapel grimsby UK.
August 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Aus Comments: Excellent instructions. Saved me so much time as I had to remove the entire door trim in order to remove the arm rests I know it's crazy.
I've now reassembled everything in reverse order. However, Im now at the last step or first when removingand I cannot put either side mirror covers figure 2 back where they belong. Should the covers have been put on in a different order then how they were taken off?
Again, thanks
April 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The clips can be tough to align. be sure they are lined up with the holes, then press them straight in. In the same angle as removed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ken Comments: On my Cayenne 957 there are 2 Torx T20 screws at the bottom of the panel that needs to be removed.
November 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sean Comments: Also - the Torx T30 bit needs to be thin and shallow think pinky finger or you won't be able to access the top bolt. My Torx set was too stubby. 1/4" mounts are best.
January 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sean Comments: Good instructions. My only comment is on Figure 11, the retaining clip is really more of a retaining lever that swings down, pivoting where the black arm meets the larger black encasement. But it actually is attached to the gray connector. Not a retaining clip in the traditional Cayenne sense.
January 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cali Comments: Great write-up! Saved me when I had my mirror apart but could not see how to unbolt it without taking the door panel off.
January 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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