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Cayenne Rear Door Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Cayenne Rear Door Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

T20/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 clips

Hot Tip:

Get some thick plastic pry bars

Performance Gain:

Lightening the car helps performance

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 rear door panel on the Porsche Cayenne.
Figure 1

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

Use a plastic pry bar with a hook end to gently pop the cover off the arm rest handle.
Figure 2

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

Once the handle cover is removed, begin prying the arm rest cover off.
Figure 3

Once the handle cover is removed, begin prying the arm rest cover off. Start at the front and work your way backward.

Now pry the rear section off, starting near the handle.
Figure 4

Now pry the rear section off, starting near the handle. Keep an eye out for any clips (green arrow) that may be missing from the cover. If they are stuck on the arm rest, gently pull them off and transfer them back onto the cover.

Remove the four T30 Torx screws (green arrows) mounted inside the armrest.
Figure 5

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.

Remove the two T20 Torx screws along the bottom edge of the door panel (green arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the two T20 Torx screws along the bottom edge of the door panel (green arrows).

Now comes the hard part, getting the door panel to pop off the door.
Figure 7

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 8

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.

Follow the wiring harness to the door panel back to the electrical connector on the window motor.
Figure 9

Follow the wiring harness to the door panel back to the electrical connector on the window motor. Press the tab on the back of the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it out.

Press the tabs (green arrows) on the electrical connector at the front of the door panel and separate the connector.
Figure 10

Press the tabs (green arrows) on the electrical connector at the front of the door panel and separate the connector.

Check the door frame for any mounting clips that may be left behind in the door frame.
Figure 11

Check the door frame for any mounting clips that may be left behind in the door frame. Gently pry them out at the base of the clip. If the clips are still in good shape, simply pop them back into the mounting cups on the door panel.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Woody Comments: Awesome :- I need to replace my door lock actuater. so this door panel removal was great. Do you have a step by step on replacing the 3.6L in-line 6 2009 Cayenne valve cover????
August 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: All Cayenne articles are here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche_Cayenne_Tech.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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