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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)

Hot Tip:

Order some door panel clips in case a few break

Performance Gain:

Access to door components

Complementary Modification:

New window regulator

Over the life of your Porsche 944, the doors will take a tremendous amount of abuse. Sooner or later something will fail. If you need to service your doors mechanicals or want to freshen up the appearance with new panels, you will need to first remove the existing door panel.

Before you begin you should park the car on as level ground as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than working on the door while it is trying to swing open or closed. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work a lot better than a flathead screwdriver. There is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $20.

There are three components on or in the panel that need to be removed -- the window and mirror switch (red arrow), the handle trim piece (yellow arrow) and the armrest and map pocket (green arrow).
Figure 1

There are three components on or in the panel that need to be removed -- the window and mirror switch (red arrow), the handle trim piece (yellow arrow) and the armrest and map pocket (green arrow).

While you can disconnect the switches after you remove the panel, I find it much easier to remove the switches first.
Figure 2

While you can disconnect the switches after you remove the panel, I find it much easier to remove the switches first. There are two Philips head screws holding the switch face in from below (red arrows). Remove these and gently pull the switch out and disconnect the switches from the plate. Please see our article on window and mirror switch replacement for additional assistance. Note the single metal screw (yellow arrow) was added by a previous owner and is not a factory option.

With the switches free of the panel (red arrow), you will want to use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

With the switches free of the panel (red arrow), you will want to use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw (yellow arrow). The panels came with a cover for the screw but most of those are long gone. Now is a good time to check your stereo system (green arrow) for any potential issues when removing the door panel.

Our aftermarket speakers had eight screws into the inner metal part of the door so we removed them.
Figure 4

Our aftermarket speakers had eight screws into the inner metal part of the door so we removed them. Check yours, as you don't want to have the panel free of everything to find it is hung up on speaker mounts.

There should be three screws along the lower map pocket as well as a mount retaining it at the front (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

There should be three screws along the lower map pocket as well as a mount retaining it at the front (yellow arrow). Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screws (red arrows). With the screws removed, the map pocket should slide down and out from the arm rest.

Remove the three Philips head screws that are under the armrest at a 45-degree angle (red arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the three Philips head screws that are under the armrest at a 45-degree angle (red arrows). Remove any aftermarket screws that have been installed along the lower door panel (yellow arrows).

Pull open the inner door handle and remove the single Philips head screw and the trim piece it is holding in place (red arrow).
Figure 7

Pull open the inner door handle and remove the single Philips head screw and the trim piece it is holding in place (red arrow).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw on the upper rear of the panel (red arrow).
Figure 8

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw on the upper rear of the panel (red arrow).

There are four plastic clips that help hold the panel to the door (red arrows).
Figure 9

There are four plastic clips that help hold the panel to the door (red arrows). Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the panel from the door.

With the plastic clips free, you can lift the panel off the door lock and out from the door.
Figure 10

With the plastic clips free, you can lift the panel off the door lock and out from the door. The red arrows indicate the location of the plastic clips. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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